Tis The Season? Severance Agreements for Nurse Practitioners

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

Exiting a job, whether voluntary or involuntary, is rarely a pleasant experience. Change is hard, even when it is for the best. And, as if the holiday season were not busy enough, such employment changes often accompany the beginning of the New Year.

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How Much Do You Need to Work to Maintain NP Certification?

Ten years in to my nurse practitioner career, I've started to notice a trend among my former NP school classmates. We aren't working as much. Many of us have young children and spouses who have simultaneously become more established in their careers. So, many have transitioned from 'pick up every shift possible to pay the mortgage' mode to an 'its not worth it to work weekends' mindset. But, while many nurse practitioners I'm connected with are taking a step back, they still want to maintain their licensure and certification. 

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Hospital Holiday DIY: The Urinal Christmas Wreath

When I cover the night shift in the emergency department, typically there are a few minutes of downtime around 4am. The evening rush has subsided and the morning craziness yet to begin. Rather than sitting at my desk, perusing Facebook while trying desperately not to fall asleep on the job, during my next shift I plan to tackle a DIY medical decor project - the urinal Christmas wreath. I encourage you to do the same. Need some inspiration? Check out the following photos then hit up the supply closet! 

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Here's How to React if Your Boss Changes Your Schedule

A few months ago, I woke to an email announcing that the schedule for NPs and PAs in my department had changed. Effective Monday, the 3pm shift now started at Noon. "WTF?!" I thought, "Thanks for the advance notice". It was as if my employer completely disregarded the fact that I might actually have something other than work going on in my life. The showing up a few hours earlier wasn't in reality a big deal to me compared with the disregard for my personal time.

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Southern FNP Programs that Provide Clinical Placements

The clinical portion of your FNP program can be an exciting time. It’s an opportunity to put what you’ve learned in the classroom into practice and gain hands on experience before you graduate and begin your new career as a nurse practitioner. However, finding a preceptor and securing a clinical site on your own can be daunting and downright stressful. 

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Contract Review Services for Advanced Practice Providers

Physician Assistants (PAs) fill an ever-expanding role within the healthcare field. In the last five or six years alone, the profession has grown tremendously. Whereas ten years ago it was hit or miss as to whether people knew what PAs were and what role they filled, today the general public is well-aware of the profession and the majority of us have even been treated by a PA at least once. All of this is to say – PAs are essential to the healthcare industry, and their star continues to rise.

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7 Holiday Gifts Your Coworkers Will Actually Want

A cookie swap can be a great way to ring in the season on-the-job. But, let's be honest - this time of year we already find ourselves over-indulging. And, there may be a coworker or two that you want to do a little something extra for. Coworker gifts tend to fall on the 'junky' side as they're typically on the lower end of the gifting price range. So, if you're a nurse practitioner looking to spread some cheer around the hospital or clinic this year, we've curated a list of gifts your colleagues will actually like. 

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Trump Administration Gives Shout-Out to NPs

Whether you're a lover or a hater, the Trump administration undeniably gave a shout-out to nurse practitioners and physician assistants this week. In a press release titled "Reforming America's Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition", the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Labor asked for changes to the current healthcare workforce, including the way NPs and PAs are allowed to practice. 

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These Western FNP Programs Provide Clinical Placements for NP Students

Securing a clinical placement site on your own can be a challenge. Fortunately, many FNP programs across the country are willing to lend a helping hand. If you’re looking to attend a program in the western region of the states, here are seven Family Nurse Practitioner programs that provide clinical placements for their students.

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7 White Elephant Gifts for Your Clinic's Holiday Party

Is anyone else overwhelmed by the number of holiday events you've already attended this season? Chances are you have a least one obligatory company Christmas party this month. Regardless of if you're a nurse practitioner who turns into the Grinch or Buddy the Elf this time of year, mix and mingling with coworkers outside of the break room can be a fun way to boost clinic morale; but throw a white elephant gift exchange into the mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of an office party! 

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What to do if You're Asked to Prescribe Suboxone

As part of an effort to curb our country's opioid crisis, in 2016 former President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The Act grants nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone) to a limited number of patients upon completion of a training course. As a result, many healthcare employers are now asking nurse practitioners to complete this training and add prescribing Suboxone to the list of services they offer. NPs I talk with have mixed feelings about the issue. 

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How Do NP and PA Salaries Compare by State?

I'm often asked questions about the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions and how they relate. In what way are roles for NPs and PAs different? How does the nurse practitioner education compare with that of a physician assistant? And, of course, there's the inevitable salary question - how does compensation for NPs and PAs compare? Since salaries vary significantly by location, it can be helpful to answer that last question by looking at compensation data for each specific state.

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