5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Nurse Practitioners

You obviously can't show up for a Halloween party in your scrubs dressed as a 'doctor' or 'nurse' because that would be totally lame. And, let's be honest, your scrubs are probably contaminated with MRSA. I would also shy away from the sexy Ebola nurse costumes that are now flooding the Halloween market- poor taste if you ask me. If you are hoping to embrace your inner science nerd and medical know-how with your disguise this Halloween, check out the following DIY costume ideas.

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Not Your Mom's Compression Socks

I'm publishing this post at high risk of losing all fashion credibility. My cool points are definitely on the decline. I'm pretty sure my mom wears compression socks. My grandmother definitely wore them. While supportive hosiery is certainly not a fashion statement most of us want to make, as nurse practitioners on our feet sometimes we must sacrifice looking good for feeling good. 

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Red Cross Apps a Resource for Nurse Practitioners

By MidlevelU Intern Olivia DeFilippo

The American Red Cross is committed to keeping the United States safe and healthy. This past summer, I was honored to be a "blood ambassador" volunteer in Massachusetts where I helped to manage local blood drives. If you were not already aware, on August 1, 2014, the American Red Cross released a statement indicating a serious blood shortage and dire need for O negative, A negative, and B negative blood donations. 

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Tips on Speeding Up the Nurse Practitioner Credentialing Process

The amount of paperwork required to start work as a nurse practitioner can be quite overwhelming. You've got a state license and a national certification. You have a DEA number and NPI number. There's your diploma proving your educational qualifications and continuing education certificates indicating your continued compliance with certification guidelines. But, the paperwork doesn't end there. 

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Medical Week in Review 10.25.14

Ahhh...the weekend has officially arrived. I am currently celebrating this unnaturally warm fall Saturday afternoon by napping on a lounge chair in my back yard. Then, I plan on a festive night out on the town at my favorite swanky sushi joint. A post-dinner visit to the Nashville's honkey tonks...TBD. What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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