5 Pandora Stations for the Nurse Practitioner's Desk

Singing along not recommended

Recording patient encounter after patient encounter in my hospital's EMR system makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Listening to to sound of vomiting inevitably coming from a patient room located within earshot of my desk makes my lunch suddenly unappetizing. A good Pandora station, however is often enough to smooth over these inconveniences and annoyances in my day helping me maintain a positive mood despite life as a nurse practitioner's challenges. 

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Top 5 Most Expensive Physician Assistant Programs

For aspiring Physician Assistants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, the next step is applying to a Master in Physician Assistant Studies Program at an accredited school. With hundreds of programs offered across the nation, choosing the program that’s right for you can be a tough decision. While factors such as location, pass rates and application requirements are a forethought in narrowing down the list of where to attend, tuition undoubtedly plays a very important role as well. We’ve sorted through the list to find the top five most expensive PA programs in the United States. 

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Graduating? NP Residencies Facilitate Transition to the Real World

As a new nurse practitioner graduate, my experience was pretty similar to many other NPs I talk with. I was fortunate that I found a job, but was quickly reminded that my experience was limited to that which I had obtained in my clinical rotations. 

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Top Ten Gifts for Nurse Practitioners

By Ariel Jacobs for Medelita

Whether its for a birthday, a holiday, or just a little something special to show someone that you care, here are some gift ideas for the nurse in your life! With gifts for every size budget, you will surely find something on this list that will put a smile on their face.

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7 Questions YOU Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview

The last time I interviewed for a nurse practitioner position, I was hired on the spot. I recall I was asked just one or two questions, handed over my resume, and bam! I was hired. My rapid hiring surprised me given my lack of experience at the time. When I left the interview and recounted the story to family members working in the business world they found it highly amusing.

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Is It Ever OK for a Nurse Practitioner to Date a Patient?

Do you ever get hit on at work? Throughout my years as a nurse practitioner it has happened to me a time or two. Typically, the gesture comes in the form of an inappropriate comment which I choose to ignore or express distaste at depending on the situation. Once, a patient even went so far as to deliver a note asking me on a date to the front desk of the walk-in clinic where I was working at the time. Awkward.

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The 5 Most Expensive BS/MS Physician Assistant Programs

While the traditional route to become a physician assistant can take years to complete, accelerated degree programs have become more common at universities and colleges across the nation. The combined degree programs allow high school graduates to enter at the freshman level and earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies upon graduation; with most curriculum plans taking about five years to complete. 

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Does Anyone Actually Know How NPs are Allowed to Practice?

I'm at a pharmacology conference in Chicago this week with a friend and former NP school classmate. My friend, Ann, is a family nurse practitioner who has been working in a cardiology practice for the past six years. Ann is pretty much an amazing and inspiring NP. Within cardiology, she has honed her skills in electrophysiology and does all things palpitations, pacemakers, and defibrillators

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Is the NP Certification Exam Getting More Difficult?

The nurse practitioner profession is a rather young one. The changes we constantly see when it comes to professional regulations and policies are a byproduct of being a part of a developing profession. In just the past few years, for example, we've seen nurse practitioner specialty designations change and divide. 

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Medical Records: What Must be Included From a Prescribing Standpoint?

While prescribing controlled substances is a common part of nurse practitioner practice, it must be done with caution. NPs that don't back up the prescriptions they write with timely, accurate documentation can get themselves into a sticky situation with their employer, regulatory board, or the DEA. What needs to be included in your documentation when you prescribe controlled substances as a nurse practitioner? 

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5 Affordable Online Controlled Substance CME Courses

With my latest employment transition came a reduction in my continuing medical education budget. My time attending annual CME vacations, correction, CME conferences, has come to an end. At least for now. So, when I learned of the State of Tennessee's new regulations requiring nurse practitioners to obtain continuing medical education related to the prescribing of controlled substances, I searched for a more cost effective option than enrolling in a destination conference. 

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How Tough is Passing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam?

If you're a pediatric nurse practitioner student, chance are you're already thinking about the certification exam you'll take when you graduate. Once you've secured your diploma, taking the 'boards' is the next step on the road to eligibility for practice. 

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