Second Jobs? Side Hustles? What NPs Need to Know

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney 

Moonlighting. Daylighting. Side Hustle. No matter how you describe it, second jobs or passions turned profits are common among nurse practitioners. Given the unique work hours of many NPs, you may have downtime that can be used to pick up nursing work for another health care provider, or, as is becoming more and more common, to pursue an entirely different career. Before signing on for a second job or promoting your Etsy shop among co-workers and on social media, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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7 Benefits Every NP Should Negotiate For (Other Than Salary)

by Monica Elston, FNP-BC from Medelita

Congratulations on the new job! After countless, grueling hours of juggling Nurse Practitioner school with the rest of your life, you’ve finished and secured a job with stethoscope in hand, a huge accomplishment indeed.

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6 Key Features of a Professional Email

I often receive emails from other nurse practitioners, or am forwarded communication from NPs, that is, well, less than professional. Whether the tone of the email leaves something to be desired, or the content is of a matter best discussed in person, there are some professional norms to follow with work-related communication. Not to mention, grammar and writing standards apply. So, what do you need to keep in mind as you correspond as a nurse practitioner working in a professional setting?

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How Nurse Practitioners Can Help in a Disaster

By Guest Contributor Leondria Taty, MSN, FNP-C

September is National Preparedness Month. For 2017, the theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can”. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, this message couldn’t resonate more. There are many available resources related to the development of a personal emergency plan and emergency kit – so if you haven’t prepared one for you or your loved ones, it’s encouraged that you do. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response is a great place to start.

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Your Nurse Practitioner Residency Questions, Answered

Good morning! I woke up today to dreary weather making it hard to get going on this Monday morning. On the upside, it's a great day to hunker down indoors and get some work done. On the downside, I'm two cups of coffee in and still rubbing my sleepy eyes. Does anyone else feel the same? One of my activities for the day is planning our next Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info webinar...more to come on this. I love connecting with nurse practitioners and NP students looking to make next steps in their careers and the upcoming info session will be no exception. 

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A Pharmacist's Top Drug Resource Recommendations for NPs & PAs

This week, nurse practitioners in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class sat in on a presentation from pharmacist Dr. Jon Pouliot about medication interactions in the primary care setting. With so many of our patients taking multiple medications, it can be tough as NPs and PAs to keep track of interaction considerations, as well as drug side effects and dosages. So, helpfully, Dr. Pouliot ended the presentation by suggesting a few practical resources nurse practitioners and physician assistants can use for prescribing. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 8.25.17

Happy Friday! How was your week? It was a bit of a strange week here in Nashville with seemingly the entire city shutting down on Monday for eclipse 2017. Directly in the path of maximal eclipse effect, we experienced nearly two minutes of "totality" here in TN. I, however, was viewing the phenomenon in seemingly the only cloud-covered area of the city. Still, it was a fun event and a good excuse to take an afternoon off. Although the week was a short one, I'm ready for some RR this weekend. 

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What’s the Difference Between NP and PA Certification Exams?

I work with a number of physician assistants in the emergency department. We function in the same capacity, our employer not making a nurse practitioner vs. physician assistant distinction. Although our work looks the same, I have noticed a few differences between myself, an NP, and my PA colleagues. From time to time, for example, the physician assistants I work with take time off to attend board review conferences and study for recertification. As an NP, however, I am not required to take a test to re-certify. In what ways do NP and PA certification differ?

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How to Bounce Back from Failing Your NP Certification Exam

If you're a recent or soon-to-be nurse practitioner grad, your certification exam is likely front and center in your mind. Not only are you wrapping up papers, projects and cramming for finals, you're also perusing review books, flashcards and completing hundreds of practice exam questions. But, what happens when all your hard work falls flat?

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5 Really Dumb Things for NPs to Put in an Email

I love email. The convenience of written correspondence cannot be overstated. I'm able to communicate with anyone, anytime and anywhere. When something comes up, I simply make my point in writing, fire off the message, and get said issue, concern, or item off my mind. As a millennial, I far prefer to communicate over email than by phone. I'm better with words and the internet than conversation in person. Despite it's efficiencies, however, there are just some times when nurse practitioners should avoid hitting the 'send' button. 

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A Back to School Scrubs Giveaway!

Going back to school always feels a lot like the New Year: it’s a chance to hit the reset button, to take all that you’ve learned and commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to make this your most amazing year yet!

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Registration is Open! Emergencies in Primary Care CE Conference

Your ticket to MidlevelU's continuing education conference for NPs & PAs

We are so, so, so excited here at MidlevelU HQ today. Yes, it is Friday. But that's not the reason. Rather, we've officially opened registration to our first ever, live continuing education conference. Yes, that's right, this coming March you can connect with MidlevelU in-person, not to mention master helpful content about acute and emergent problems nurse practitioners and physician assistants encounter in the primary care and outpatient settings. 

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