Cold and Flu Wives' Tales: Setting the Record Straight

When it comes to wintertime illnesses, it seems the old wives' tales never end. My own grandparents harped on me as a child to wear socks as running around in bare feet could cause me to catch a cold. Now, as a nurse practitioner, I see similar unfounded beliefs among my patients as well. 

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Oh Baby! FDA Issues New Pregnancy Drug Labeling System

Do you prescribe category C medications to pregnant women? These medications fall into that frustrating grey area where sometimes the medication may be a safe option for pregnant women and other times it may not be the best choice. Not to mention, it can be difficult to find relevant information on a medication's safety status when it comes to breastfeeding and fertility. So, the FDA is taking action to change this age-old lettering classification system.

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Gift Guide for NP and PA Students

By MidlevelU Intern and Aspiring NP Ashley Prince

Are perplexed about what to give your favorite nursing, NP, or PA student for the holidays this year? While stethoscope covers, NCLEX review books, or monogrammed tumblers are traditional ideas, sometimes it's nice to think outside the box, especially if your beloved student has a clinical bag for every day of the week. Here's a lit of more original ideas to help NP and PA students alike get through the day to day challenges of academic life. 

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Medical Week in Review 12.12.14

I'm particularly excited for my trip to NYC this afternoon. I haven't visited the city since Christmas decorations were hung and I'm anxious to take in the scene. On my last trip, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was hidden in scaffolding. Today, I will see it lights twinkling! Now if only it would snow... If you've missed the news this week, here are a few more interesting medical stories. 

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Pitfalls in Practice: Avoiding Disciplinary Action as a NP

As nurse practitioners we all, of course, try our best to practice within legal bounds. But, sometimes trouble in our personal life affects our professional standing. Or, we make a poor decision in regards to our practice. Ideally, none of us will never become the subject of disciplinary action but mistakes do happen. 

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