The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Zika + Pregnancy

One of the few new stories to make headlines amidst political coverage over the past few weeks has been that of the Zika virus ravaging Central and South America. While the few cases of Zika identified in the United States have been acquired abroad, the virus is projected to arrive in the United States in the coming weeks or months. For most, Zika results only in mild illness. For pregnant women, however, catching the virus carries significant implications. 

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5 ECG Interpretation Courses for Nurse Practitioners

Mastering the art of ECG interpretation is tough. Reading ECGs proficiently is a skill that takes practice and fine tuning over time. Nurse practitioners working in some environments may not see ECGs everyday making it even more difficult to hone these skills. Fortunately for NPs, there are several organizations offering ECG interpretation focused courses and conferences. If your ECG interpretation skills leave room for improvement, check out these continuing medical education courses to get you up to speed. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 2.5.16

Happy Friday! What do you have in store for the next few days? This weekend my husband and I are hanging out with family in Florida. Not a bad place for a February visit... The temperatures may be unseasonably chilly, but I still plan to be posted up poolside on Saturday. And, of course, I plan to catch the Super Bowl on Sunday - mainly for the junk food and commercials. Before the big game, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

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The Dos and Don’ts of the Gap Year for Physician Assistants

By Meghan Kayan, Aspiring PA and MidlevelU Contributor

It’s not uncommon for college graduates to take a year off prior to matriculation into a graduate program. This is a path that I have chosen, and although it sometimes can feel like gap years can stall your entrance into your future, it’s also a great way to make sure you’re truly on the right path. I’ve found that throughout my year as a post graduate, there are a few things that can help me along in the hopes of getting into PA school.

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6 Ways to Improve Clinical Knowledge During Your Commute

If you're like me, you hate wasting time. And, nothing screams time-suck like your daily commute. I'm lucky these days in that working odd hours affords me the luxury of driving the speed limit on my way to work. But, there have definitely been times in my NP career when bumper to bumper traffic kept me twiddling my thumbs (...or rocking out to 90's pop) behind the steering wheel for more than an hour a day. 

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