Figure 1: The Instagram for Medical Providers

When I get home from work my husband always asks about my day.  Lacking the words and energy to thoroughly re-live the past 12 hours and the ability to sufficiently describe the gross dealings with bodily fluids I have had, I usually grunt and head straight for the wine rack.  Eventually, after I am fed, I divulge a few of the juiciest tidbits of my day.  But, what if upon walking through the door I could show him my more notable dealings in photo?

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6 Steps to Job Shadowing a Nurse Practitioner Like a Boss

By MidlevelU Intern and Aspiring NP Ashley Prince

If you're like me then you have probably heard that shadowing a nurse practitioner is essential to your graduate school application at least one hundred times. You can also rattle off why it's crucial like a robot. Unfortunately though, it can be difficult to find a nurse practitioner job shadowing opportunity. 

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Interview with an Integrative Health Nurse Practitioner

Have you ever thought about working in natural or integrative medicine?  The field fits the nurse practitioner role perfectly and offers NPs the opportunity to really focus on helping patients by teaching them to build a healthy lifestyle.  Today, Wendy, a nurse practitioner practicing at the Midway Center for Integrative Medicine has generously offered to give us a sneak peek into her life as an integrative health nurse practitioner.

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Medical Week in Review 8.15.14

Happy Friday! Fall is in the air here in Nashville, Tennessee. The first few leaves are beginning to  land on our lawn, the school bus is making it's morning rounds through our neighborhood, and the weather is growing cooler. As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, the comfort of the predictable routine that seems to come with fall is a welcome change this year. What's on your schedule for this summer-fall transition weekend? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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The Inside Scoop on Financial Aid for NP Students

I'm certainly not an accountant, but I'm not bad with numbers either. I can plan and maintain a budget (unless I find myself at Nordstrom...), and make appropriate decisions regarding my finances. Despite my personal financial know-how, reviewing financial aid options for nurse practitioner students makes me cringe. 

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Clinical Hack: The Ring String Trick

Working in the emergency department, one of my favorite cases to treat is rings stuck on swollen fingers. While it doesn't happen everyday, there's something gratifying about the opportunity to grind through a ring on a finger that is steadily turning bluer and bluer.

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Don't Fall Victim to a Mid-Career Attitude Shift

Last night, I showed up for my overnight shift in the ER having just arrived home from vacation a few hours earlier. I wasn't necessarily tired, our road trip had provided the perfect excuse for a long nap, but I was, well, feeling a little lazy. As a result of my post-vacation blahs, last evening around 2am the temptation to half-@$$ my job was real. Every time a chart clanked down into the "To-Be-Seen" rack, my shoulders slumped a little lower. Maybe someone else would get that... 

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Nurse Practitioner Residencies: A Look at Your Options

One of the biggest hurdles you will encounter as a nurse practitioner is your first few months of practice.  Moving from clinical hours in your NP program to real-life practice can be quite a shock.  The learning curve is steep, and it takes a few months before you begin to feel comfortable working as an NP.  A growing trend, completing a nurse practitioner residency, aims to smooth the transition from education to practice.

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Top 5 Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs

Looking to become a pediatric nurse practitioner? Pediatric NP programs have become more specialized over the past few years with the implementation of the APRN Consensus Model. This means that if you are planning to work in the world of pediatrics, you must select either an acute or primary care focus. If acute care is your specialty of choice, consider these top acute care pediatric nurse practitioner programs for your education.

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Weekly Medical Recap 8.9.14

Sigh. Our annual family vacation at the lake has come to a close. We ended the week in true summer fashion with an evening campfire on the beach, s'mores included, of course. How do you plan on spending your weekend? If you've been out of the loop this week, check out these more interesting medical news stories. 

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The GRE is Coming: How Will You Prepare?

By MidlevelU Intern and NP in Progress Ashley Prince

Can anyone else believe August is here already? It seems like yesterday I was out celebrating the 4th of July, and now summer is slowly winding down. I'm not complaining though; it's been swelteringly hot here in Columbus, and I can't wait for the cozy sweaters and crisp leaves of fall. Autumn isn't all pumpkin spice lattes, though. It also means the dawn of new semester graduate school applications, and a looming GRE testing date. 

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Globetrotters Exclusive: International CME Conferences

I'm always looking for an excuse to take a vacation. The more exotic the destination, the better. I love traveling to personally uncharted territories, planning an itinerary, taking in the sights, navigating with a crumpeled map, and most of all sampling local cuisine. What better excuse for an adventure than to complete required continuing medical education credits?

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