The Ultimate Abscess I&D Tutorial

You know you're made for medicine when you see a bulging, fluctuant abscess and you just can't wait to stick an #11 blade in to release it's contents. In the early days of MidlevelU, I wrote about my I&D misadventure which sent a patient's pus flying into my hair. Talk about a bad day. Fortunately, my technique has improved and working in the emergency department has pretty much made me an abscess-draining pro. But, there's always room for a procedural refresher. 

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Does Working as a Nurse Practitioner Give You 'Death Anxiety'?

Seated over a candle-lit dinner on the beach in Aruba a few months ago, I admitted to my husband that I have a suspicion I may die in my 40's from some horrible accident or cancer diagnosis. I don't dwell on this, but feel acutely aware of it's possibility. My grandfather lived to be 103 so most people assume that I will be somewhere around 120 years old when I throw in the towel. But, my experiences in the emergency department (and my love for raw cookie dough and red wine...) leave me unconvinced at times. 

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My Inside Look into Life as a Residential School Nurse

By MidlevelU Contributor and Pre-Nursing Student Caitlin Webb

With summer vacation allowing myself for personal time to expand on my interest, I was given the opportunity to shadow a residential school nurse at a private school in the town over from mine. The school has a handful of day students from the area who attend school during the day and go home at night, but the main focus is the vast number of students who come from all over different parts of the world to receive an education in the small country town. This creates a very different atmosphere than one would experience in a public school that only serves the town which it is in as well as impacts the tasks that each job requires. 

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How Do You Set Goals as a Nurse Practitioner?

One of the positives and negatives of life as a nurse practitioner is that the job description pretty much stays the same if you let it. Most of us will spend our days diagnosing and treating patients for the next 20 years or so. A few of us will move on to administration or the business world. Or, we may switch specialties mixing up the type of patient care we provide. But, overall, the basics of delivering hands-on healthcare are pretty similar across the board. 

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How I Chose My Nurse Practitioner Program

By MidlevelU Contributor and New NP Student Shabnam Sabur

After years of watching a steamy Noah Wylie on the hit television show, ER, completing my senior year preceptorship in a level II trauma center, and working in a level III Emergency Department for the past year and a half I knew I wanted to become an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. I finally decided to take the plunge and applied to several different programs last fall before accepting a position at Emory University in Atlanta for their MSN ENP program.

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