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.
You're no longer a college student so you've become accustomed to eating steak for dinner rather than ramen and ordering cocktails at happy hour instead of sipping PBR. You might even have a mortgage, or a child's future educational expenses to plan for. As we go through life, our budgets become more complex, and often more stretched. This makes determining if you can afford to become a nurse practitioner a difficult calculation.
As a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department, I've become accustomed to treating patients for sexually transmitted infections. In fact, I do so nearly every shift I work. While having these sometimes awkward conversations with patients has become much easier, the waters surrounding treatment for the partners of these patients remains murky. Is it allowable to prescribe antibiotics for the partner of a patient I have never laid eyes on? What are the legal implications of doing so?
Prescribing practices are heavily regulated in most states, especially for nurse practitioners. There are very specific guidelines NPs must follow when writing prescriptions in general, and for controlled substances. Nurse practitioners who don't keep up with guidelines related to the information that must be included on prescriptions for these medications will find themselves bogged down with pharmacy callbacks, and and may even face discipline from regulatory bodies. So, it's essential to know what information must be included on prescriptions where you practice.