Are You Indifferent to Independent Practice Issues?

I attended a seminar last month where nurse practitioner 'independence' was a core topics of conversation. During a break one of my former NP program classmates and I hit the local taco shop for a quick lunch. Sitting at the table over heaping bowls of chips and guac, she casually dipped a chip and asked "Do you really care about all this independent practice stuff?". "I really don't", she admitted.

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How Do You Deal With a Bad Clinical Placement?

I quickly became frustrated with one of my first nurse practitioner program clinical placements. Working alongside a physician in his solo, small town family practice clinic seemed like the ideal place to learn. But, then, I realized he accepted nurse practitioner students as a way to get more help running his clinic- and I don't mean when it came to diagnosing and treating patients.

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Medical Week in Review 10.17.14

Phew! It's been a whirlwind of a week here at MidlevelU. From Nashville to Washington, D.C. and New York City, I've been traveling the East Coast to talk Ebola. How has your clinic or hospital been preparing for the possibility of a case of the virus? Or, have they been preparing at all? Health news has been quite heavy the past few days. So, today on the blog let's keep it light. Ease into your weekend by checking out a few of this week's other medical news tidbits.

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An Inside Look Into Life as an Army Nurse

Have you ever wanted to take your career to the limit? Or, at least try something totally new? As a nurse practitioner, I've heard of nurses working in the military or NPs stationed overseas through the U.S. Department of State but I've never gotten an up close look into these types of unique career experiences. Until today. 

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Lessons in Living and Dying from London

This past week I traveled to London to visit friends. From dining on traditional British fare to attending the theater to view a satire mocking the royal family, I took in the sights, sounds, and yes, dreary days, of England. On one sightseeing afternoon, my husband and I, along with our friends, stumbled in to the British Museum to escape the rainy afternoon and were pleasantly surprised at the landmark's offerings.

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