Choosing a Stethoscope: A How To Guide

Earlier, I mentioned I'm in the market for a new stethoscope. Mine isn't broken, it works perfectly well, but it's just time. I've had my stethoscope for at least eight years now and, just like with my wardrobe, every so often I could use a change. But, there are so many stethoscopes on the market at so many price ranges, where do I start my search?

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Regulations for Attending an Online NP Program Out-Of-State

I have always assumed that students can attend a nurse practitioner program online in any state.  After all, the whole purpose of online education is to make courses flexible and easily accessible.  But, as I have done more and more research into online nurse practitioner programs, I have come across a few restrictions when it comes to attending an online NP program out-of-state.

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DIY Halloween Decor for the Hospital Floor

From mandatory family photo ops at the pumpkin patch to pumpkin succulent planters, it seems as though there’s a new decorating trend for Halloween every year that circulates our newsfeeds. When it comes to Halloween decor, there are really no limits to how creative you can get. While you can’t necessarily go too crazy with decorating on the floors of your hospital as you would your home, there are still some fun and easy ways you can liven up the place for October 31st. 

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5 Oncology Certification Options for Nurse Practitioners

We're continuing the conversation here on the MidlevelU blog this week about certifications for nurse practitioners that don't require an additional degree. If you're an NP working in a specialty, achieving certification or specialty training can help you distinguish yourself as a provider with a specific skill set. So far this week we've touched on certifications for cardiology NPs and nurse practitioners working in dermatology. Today, we'll look at options for oncology nurse practitioners

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Unexpected Challenges of Working as a New Grad NP

This morning I was engaged in a discussion with one of our Midlevels for the Medically Underserved cohorts. This group of new grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants has been working in the primary care setting for about six months now so has a little practice experience under their belts. As we were talking, several themes emerged in the conversation. There were a number of challenges facing these novice NPs that they hadn't anticipated. 

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Business Meeting Etiquette- Six Rules of Thumb for NPs

My first nurse practitioner job offer was made over lunch at a local restaurant. Since then, I've met colleagues for coffee and had business meetings related to my work both inside and outside the clinical setting. As a nurse practitioner, I often find these interactions uncomfortable. After all, as a healthcare provider most of my job involves seeing patients, not discussing healthcare reform, financial planning or other business endeavors. This professional discomfort is particularly apparent when it comes time to pay - am I supposed to hand over my credit card?

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3 Dermatology Certifications for Nurse Practitioners

This week here at MidlevelU, we're talking specialty certifications for nurse practitioners. NP degrees are awarded for broad specialties, but for nurse practitioners with focused interests, seeking specialty certification outside of academia can be a beneficial career move. This not only demonstrates a commitment to your specialty but also show patients and prospective employers that you have achieved a certain skill set or level of knowledge. Yesterday, we looked at cardiology certifications for NPs. Today, we will tackle derm. 

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What's Up with Continuing Education in Nashville?

Get the scoop on our newest CE offering

Can you believe it's already October? As 2017 winds down and we head toward the holiday season, we're doing some serious planning for the upcoming year here at MidlevelU. We've been working particularly hard to line up our first ever live continuing education conference for nurse practitioners and physician assistants here in our hometown of Nashville, TN. We can't wait for you to see what's in store as we welcome MidlevelU readers to Nashville to meet in person!

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Cardiology Certifications for NPs That Don't Require Another Degree

...because you've been in school long enough

I received an excellent question from a nurse practitioner this weekend. This particular NP reached out about programs that allow nurse practitioners to receive specialty education or acknowledge specialty experience without returning to school for an additional degree. Most nurse practitioner programs offer broad education tracks rather than subspecialty education. So, NPs with focused interests are left to blaze their own trail toward further specialization. 

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Do Redheads Really Require More Lidocaine?

So, is it fact or fiction? Are redheads really more resistant to anesthetic compared to the rest of the population? In a recent suturing and office procedures training session I attended, the speaker mentioned that redheads may require a greater amount of subcutaneous lidocaine for these procedures than other patients. Curious as to the veracity of this claim, I decided to do a little research. 

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6 Healthcare Halloween Costume Ideas for NPs

Spooked about what you'll wear this October 31st? Choosing a Halloween costume can be somewhat of a stressful chore, especially for busy nurse practitioners. But if you received an invitation to a fun party after-hours or your practice has decided collectively to dress up on the day of, you definitely don’t want to be the odd-NP out. Showing up for a Halloween party without a costume can get awkward, fast. If you’re fresh out of ideas and need a creative outfit ASAP, check out these six costume ideas for nurse practitioners.

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Which States Have the Most Male Nurse Practitioners?

The nursing profession has a stereotype of being primarily female. And, well, data shows us that this supposition is valid. When it comes to nurses who have decided to advance their education to become nurse practitioners, however, do these stats hold up? Just how many NPs are female vs. male? The Kaiser Family Foundation collected data as it relates to gender and nurse practitioners state-by-state. Here are their findings related to the percentage of male and female nurse practitioners by geographic location. 

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