Weekend Wrap Up 12.8.17

Yay, yay, its Friday! I can't wait for this wintery weekend to begin. With a new baby in the house (he's here!), a cold Saturday seems like the perfect excuse to stay indoors for some infant snuggles. Maybe I'll attempt to get caught up with some Christmas shopping online while I'm at it. If you could use some indoor, cold weather entertainment, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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Gifts Your Nurse Practitioner Spouse will Love

Somewhere in between in the hustle and bustle of buying presents for our children, our nieces and nephews, and a $20 gift for our secret Santa at work, our spouse’s gift tends to get pushed to the bottom of our shopping list. Perhaps it’s because unlike children, adults have the luxury of being able to buy something they really want or need any time of year; making them harder to buy for and easier to neglect on the gift-giving totem pole. What thoughtful and practical gift should you get for your nurse practitioner spouse?

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Unexpected Ways to Diversify Your Career Without a DNP

A nurse practitioner recently emailed me asking how to "diversify or advance [herself] professionally and not necessarily by becoming a DNP". This is a question a lot of us as nurse practitioners are asking. Our time in the clinic or hospital seeing patients becomes routine and we're ready to mix things up a bit. But, we don't necessarily want to go back to school. The DNP doesn't seem like it will necessarily lead to the professional change we're looking for. 

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How Should NPs Respond to a BON Investigation?

Being under investigation by the board of nursing is a stressful situation for any nurse practitioner to be in, even if the claim is unsubstantiated and is likely to be dismissed. Unfortunately, the BONs claims resolution process can take months, leaving you with plenty of time to mull over your next steps in response to the notice of investigation. Having a good understanding the legal side of investigations can be beneficial in easing your worries; still, troublesome thoughts and questions may consume you while in limbo. So just how should you respond when you’re under investigation by the BON?

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Nursing Board Investigations: A Look at the Legal Process

As a nurse practitioner, you’re probably all too familiar with your state’s Board of Nursing. As a requirement to practice, you took the NCLEX and went through the extensive process of obtaining your RN and/or APRN license before beginning in your nursing practice. If you’re an experienced provider, you know all too well what a hassle it can be to renew your license too. Suffice it to say that dealing with the board of nursing can be a little bit of a nuisance at times. 

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