Medical News NPs Can Use 8.28.15

The weekend has arrived! Well, okay, not quite yet. The thing I am most excited for? A full night of uninterrupted sleep...sweet, sweet sleep. As anticlimactic as it may seem, I can tell my body could stand to catch some extra zzz's and noncompliance will leave me intolerable. So, for the good of my friends and family I will fit in a solid 8 to 10 hours of shut-eye tonight. What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting happenings in medical news. 

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One Way a Trump Win Would Affect Nurse Practitioners

Whether you think it's time for the American people to deliver Trump his signature "You're Fired" line when it comes to his presidential candidacy or not, you have to admit, his preliminary run for the White House is entertaining. Love for the spectacle even crosses party lines. Mention of a Trump presidential run cracks some sort of a smile on the faces of most Democrats and Republicans alike. It even proves to be a pretty safe conversation starter at cocktail parties. So, I couldn't resist jumping on the Trump-hype bandwagon today as well. 

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4 Subtle Differences Between the MSN and RN Student Experience

The student experience certainly morphs throughout one's education. I'm not talking about the obvious fact that in kindergarten you spent your days finger painting as opposed to mastering the art of algebra in high school. I'm talking higher level education here. Although both nursing and nurse practitioner programs prepare students for careers in healthcare, the student experience in earning these two types of degrees is different. 

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Shocking Loan Repayment Opportunities

If you're looking for a nurse practitioner job, thinking through more than just salary is a must. Benefits can add up to make a substantial compensation package sweetening your next job offer. The most lucrative of these potential add-ons? NHSC student loan repayment. Nurse practitioners looking to work in medically underserved areas may be eligible to receive tens of thousands of dollars each year towards paying down school debts. Check out these qualifying opportunities. 

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Does Working in a Nurse Practitioner Specialty Leave You Pigeon-Holed?

Specialty positions abound for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Interested in cardiology? No problem. Have a bent for oncology? There's a position out there for you. Specialty positions allow NPs and PAs to hone in on their interests and become experts in a focused area of medicine. Despite the draw of these types of job opportunities, some providers worry that accepting a specialty position will pigeon-hole them, limiting options for expanding their practice in the future. 

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Must-Have Posters for Your Primary Care Clinic

Most medical clinics are far too dingy and generic if you ask me. The walls are always painted some sort of band-aid tan. The smell of hand sanitizer and alcohol swabs wafts through the air causing every patient, regardless of chief complaint, to conjure up images of some sort of painful procedure. Pediatric practices make an effort to brighten up the environment to welcome kids. Maybe its time adult-focused practices did the same. 

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The Nurse Practitioner Pre-Wedding Checklist

I'm embarrassed to say it took me forever to change my name once I got married. The main reason for my procrastination? The thought of changing my name on all of my licenses and certifications necessary to practice as a nurse practitioner. Not only does an impending wedding day warrant thinking ahead about a name change, there are a lot of logistics to consider in regards to making your personal plans mesh with your employment situation. 

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The Art of Asking Your Boss for Feedback

Neither my current nor former employers, have had formal systems in place for giving regular feedback to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Sure, I get the occasional pat on the back or constructive criticism, but never an official meeting to evaluate my performance. I'm not sure if other NPs and PAs have had similar experiences, but I expect this is the case. Lack of regular feedback from your boss can potentially put you in a precarious career position. If your employer doesn't have a system in place for performance evaluations, you must take the initiative on your own.

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Beyond Wikipedia: Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Practice

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is no easy feat. Medicine is always changing and as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant you are always running into new clinical situations. Even the brightest clinicians have questions at times. So, where should NPs and PAs turn for the latest reliable clinical information?

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Medical News NPs Can Use 8.21.15

Where did the week go?! A couple shifts in the emergency department, a few blog posts, social events, workouts and surprisingly full nights of sleep later, Friday has arrived! On the books this weekend? Brunch. Both days. There's nothing I enjoy better than that in-between meal to lure me out of bed on a lazy weekend morning. Recently, I have discovered a love for Bloody Mary's. The drink paired with brunch at my favorite Mexican food joint is an unbeatable combo. Guacamole is made from avocados which are the good kind of fat, right?

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5 Things You Need to Know About a Hospital Before Your Interview

You've picked up your slacks, blazer, or pencil skirt from the dry cleaner's. You've printed your resume off on paper that costs more per sheet than a greeting card. And, you've planned out exactly how long it will take you to arrive at your destination allowing few extra minutes for traffic. Yes, you're ready for your job interview. Most nurse practitioners have been on plenty of interviews and are familiar with these steps. But, there is one aspect of job interview prep NPs often miss-researching a prospective employer. 

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Back to School FIGS Scrubs Giveaway

I woke up this morning determined to go for my am jog despite having arrived home from work at 3am. Anticipating heat and humidity, I dressed accordingly. As I threw open my front door, begrudgingly willing myself to get some exercise, I was pleasantly surprised. The air was crisp with the slightest hint of a chill. Back to school season is definitely here. 

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