Medical Week in Review 7.24.14

Hello, hello! It's been a kick back and relax kind of week around here. My husband and I snuck away for a quick getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. A few evenings spent at the Vendue Inn Rooftop Bar, three yoga classes, and one indulgent dinner at Hall's Chophouse later, I can say I have achieved total relaxation. But, now, it's time to snap back to reality. I'm off to NYC today for a Saturday morning Fox and Friends shoot (don't miss it!) then pulling a few back-to-back night shifts in the ER. We've got some exciting topics slated to post on the blog this coming week so stay tuned. But for now, enjoy this week's can't miss medical links. 

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Where to Find Online Practice Questions for the NP Certification Exam

Studying for the nurse practitioner certification exam can be overwhelming. Where do you start? There are study books and review courses to choose from, all claiming to be the key to passing the test. Regardless of the route you take in your exam prep, practice questions will always be the best indicator of your preparedness for the test itself. 

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What is a NPI and How Do You Get One?

If you've just graduated from your nurse practitioner program, you are likely overwhelmed by the number of licenses and certifications NPs are required to obtain. There's a DEA number if you plan to prescribe controlled substances, a state NP license, and a national certification. In addition, all healthcare providers, nurse practitioners included, must apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI). 

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Tips for Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Out-of-State

Relocating? Looking for a job in another state, or even across a state, can be a frustrating process. Scheduling interviews becomes a hassle, and employers seem hesitant to hire a candidate residing elsewhere. 

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Planning to Have a Baby as a Nurse Practitioner

Over the past year many of my friends have taken the life-changing leap into motherhood. My weekly walks with girlfriends now often consist of chatter about organic baby food, crib bumpers and spit up...in a good way. As I think about making this transition myself one day, there is a lot to consider. Not only does prospective motherhood have me contemplating what daily life with kids will look like, it also forces me to make some important decisions about my career.

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