Nurse Practitioner Residency Opportunity in New Orleans

This week’s highly anticipated featured residency opportunity is located in New Orleans near the Gulf of Mexico, in the southern tip of beautiful Louisiana. Envision yourself working to improve the health and wellness of your community by providing accessible, affordable, culturally competent, community based primary preventive health care all with the support a new grad really needs. Now, imagine doing so by collaborating with community partners where teamwork with other providers is a must. Sound too good to be true?! Well, just wait because it gets better…

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5 Reasons Your Patient’s INR is Out of Whack

Managing patients on warfarin is tricky not to mention anxiety provoking. Mistakenly increasing the warfarin dose by too much could land your patient in the ICU with a serious bleed or worse. Keeping the dose too low, on the other hand, places your patient at risk for serious complications like stroke. So, how do you win when it comes to managing warfarin?

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Million Dollar Questions that Make Diagnosis and Treatment a Sinch

I've been a nurse practitioner for more than ten years now. My face has a few more wrinkles than when I began practicing, however time has brought a few positive changes to my nurse practitioner life. Fortunately, over the years, I have gained valuable practice experience. Unlike my new grad years, my work is not accompanied by a feeling of being utterly stressed out or overwhelmed. Rather, I feel quite comfortable interacting with patients (new grads, you'll get there, too!). 

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5 Resources for Billing and Coding Ignorant Nurse Practitioners

As nurse practitioners, we spend the majority of time in our education on clinical content. Treating medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are a focus. While clinical skills and know-how are essential to our careers, our education unfortunately neglects other aspects of the profession. Billing and coding is one such area. After all, it's these skills that ensure we're paid appropriately for the work that we do. 

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5 Tips to Avoid Awkwardness When Asking for a Raise

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to ask for raise as a nurse practitioner; your boss would be in tune with your productivity and all of your accomplishments, and reward you for such by their own initiative. But unfortunately, in the real world, that is rarely the case. Instead it’s up to you to take charge and ask for an increase in compensation. 

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4 Written Resources for Lab Interpretation

Our last post talked apps for lab interpretation. While apps are convenient and take up only virtual storage space, we totally side with nurse practitioners who prefer more tangible clinical resources. If you're a book-loving NP, there are a number of helpful references out there to guide you in ordering and interpreting lab studies. Which pack the most punch in the clinical setting?

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NP Residency Opportunity in Oregon

Are you a new (or soon-to-be) nurse practitioner looking for an adventure out West? If you haven’t yet heard of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU), you can think about the program like a residency for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. You match with a facility that is a supportive place to learn and kick off your career while also participating in a didactic curriculum to boost your clinical knowledge. You can learn more about the program here

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What Should NPs Expect in a Performance Review?

Does your employer conduct regularly scheduled performance reviews? Whether you're a nurse practitioner with a meeting on the books to discuss your conduct or you're faced with an impromptu assessment of your latest achievements, a performance review can be downright nerve wracking. Knowing what to expect in such a meeting and coming prepared can help you approach the review with confidence and ease anxiety. Here's what nurse practitioners can expect when a boss requests a meet-up. 

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Ask These 6 Questions Before Agreeing to Call as a Nurse Practitioner

On-call responsibilities can be a major burden as a nurse practitioner (the dread!). They mean bringing work home with you and the obligation to be on duty after hours, on weekends, and even holidays. Although managing patients by phone can be an inconvenience, the way in which this responsibility is delegated within a practice is the make-or-break factor in determining if taking call is reasonable. If your employer or soon-to-be boss is asking you to accept call responsibilities, ask these six questions first. 

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Clinical Hack: Kissing Trick for Nasal Foreign Body Removal

Whenever I notice a toddler has checked into the emergency department waiting room for some sort of foreign body situation, a feeling of dread sends shivers throughout my body. Attempting to remove french fries from the noses of wiggling kids and beads from the ears of screaming infants has never been my forte. Performing procedures on children, especially those involving foreign body removal, just isn't part of my job that I enjoy. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that make removing foreign bodies a bit easier.

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The 'How Nurse Practitioners Actually Get a Paycheck' Flowchart

When I first started my nurse practitioner education, I didn't think much about billing and coding. My focus was on learning and retaining clinical content rather than material related to the business side of medicine. As I proceeded through my NP program clinicals, however,I became aware of the complicated system by which charts are coded. One afternoon, I was even assigned by a preceptor to contact insurance companies to collect on past due payments. 

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5 Moves NPs Should Make When a Company is Restructuring

If you have worked as a nurse practitioner for some time now, chances are that at one time or another you’ve been a part of a hospital merger or acquisition, or another type of organizational shift in your practice setting. Perhaps, simply even a key clinic administrator leaving his/her position made waves in your workplace. 

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