The 50th Anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner Profession: Reflections

My husband likes to remind me frequently that Thomas Jefferson was just 33 years old when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. While his point in bringing up this piece of historical trivia is to inspire me, it typically leaves me with a profound sense of underachievement. Today, as I read an article looking back on the nurse practitioner profession including quotes from leaders in the NP community, I couldn't help but feel that these leaders' enthusiasm for nursing carried similarities to Jefferson's leadership of our country. 

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7 Continuing Education Conferences for Emergency Nurse Practitioners

When I started working in the emergency department 5 years ago, I felt a little lost. Nurse practitioners working in the ED have to be a sort of jack of all trades. We do a little bit of cardiology, OB/GYN, gastroenterology, dermatology, and some psychiatry to name a few specialty areas. Treating patients of all kinds means there's always room for learning. This is one of the things I love most about working in the emergency department. 

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How Can Nurse Practitioners Learn Cosmetic Procedures?

Trying to get experience as a nurse practitioner is like the proverbial chicken or the egg question. Job postings, for example, may require that applicants know how to suture or do trigger point injections. With employers unwilling to hire without experience, how are you supposed to become proficient with such procedures? Dermatology is one specialty where it can be particularly difficult to land a position without prior procedural training. 

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Medical News NPs Can Use 6.26.15

Happy Friday y'all! How was your week? I have just woken up from an oh-so-necessary afternoon power nap and am feeling ready to tackle whatever the weekend throws my way. Finally, I have recovered from the week's night shifts in the ER and am ready for a good time. Tonight my husband and I have a date night lined at one of our favorite Nashville restaurants. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material for the next few days, check out this week's medical news NPs can use. 

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Presenting the New MidlevelU Job Board!

I mentioned a few months ago that my husband and I traveled to India in March. Not only did I chow down on naan and chicken tikka during our trip (which resulted in a GI bug, I might add), I worked with our tech team making some serious strides in improving the MidlevelU site. The first update to the website you may have noticed is MidlevelU's newfound mobile friendliness (Finally!). As of this week, you can not only browse MidlevelU with ease while you're out and about, you can check out the latest nurse practitioner job postings. Yes, that's right, we've got a job board

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