Tax Writeoffs: Can NPs Deduct Licensure, Certification, and CME Costs?

It's all about what you can get back when it comes to filing your taxes. Deductions are a fine line and you certainly don't want to raise any red flags with the IRS. But, you do deserve a fair assessment when it comes to what you owe Uncle Sam (or he owes you!). Many expenses nurse practitioners incur throughout the year may be written off when you file your taxes. What's legitimate and what's not?

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Top 5 Nurse Practitioner Credentialing Pet Peeves

I received a request from my employer the other day for some credentialing paperwork. Yes, I have worked in the same position for years but due to a company buy-out it seems the credentialing process never ends. One license or another is constantly expiring, or lapses in what I would refer to as 'administrative responsibilities' require me to submit and re-submit copies of everything from my social security card to my flimsy BLS certificate. Nothing gives me a headache quite like the credentialing process. 

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Throwback Thursday: My Nurse Practitioner Program in Photo

Last night I had the privilage of working with one of my very favorite new grad nurse practitioners in the emergency department. Watching her navigate her new position made me remember how utterly terrible, horrible, awful it was to show up at work in my early nurse practitioner days. So many questions, so few people willing to help. If that's where you find yourself today, don't worry, you'll make it. Hang in there. 

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8 Tips for Treating Eating Disorders from a Former Eating Disorder Patient

By MidlevelU Intern and Aspiring Nurse Practitioner Ashley Prince

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It's a time when activists try to bring more attention to this often hushed about issue, call for the de-stigmatization of mental illness, criticize the devil that is Photoshop, and encourage others to seek treatment and help. This is all great, eating disorders are definitely way up there on the list of uncomfortable things to talk about, but one thing I've noticed is that there isn't a lot of advice for clinicians in treating their patients. 

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Tax Breaks for Nurse Practitioner Students

Day 55 and counting of procrastinating from filing my taxes...Maybe this weekend? Yesterday I discussed a few tax considerations for nurse practitioners accepting job offers. Today, I'm moving on to NP students. Fortunately, many nurse practitioner students are eligible for tax benefits due to their educational status. 

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What Diagnoses are You Missing? Most Common Malpractice Risks

As much as we as nurse practitioners try to be thorough, we occasionally miss a diagnosis. Sometimes it's a case of "you don't know what you don't know", other times it's a matter of sloppiness, or, perhaps you miss a diagnosis simply because a medical problem presents atypically. Understanding what areas of our practice are most vulnerable to mess ups can help us avoid them in the future. So, let's talk about diagnostic errors. Where do things go wrong in the determining what's wrong with our patients?

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Tax Implications of Your Nurse Practitioner Job Offer

I have been procrastinating from getting my tax return materials together for exactly 54 days now. And, there's no end in sight when it comes to my lack of motivation. Sigh. Filing my tax return, or rather gathering all the necessary paperwork just in time for my CPA to file an extension, is exactly the type of thing that requires much less effort than anticipated and the dread it causes is worse than the act itself. I need to get my act together. But, not quite yet...

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Healthcare Lessons from the Hair Chair

I got my hair done yesterday- a quick trim and dye job with my usual hair stylist. My salon experience, per usual, was unbelievably stereotypical. I plopped down in the black swivel chair and my stylist immediately began dishing about her latest personal woes. Why is it that hair stylists always seem to have some sort of dramatic situation at hand? From boyfriends and step-sons to too many margaritas and home improvement mishaps, she's an endless supply of stories.

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10 Ways to Avoid Losing Your Nurse Practitioner License: Part 3

By Healthcare Law Attorney Alex Scarbrough Fisher

This is the third article in a series designed to inform nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers about proactive steps that can be taken to avoid licensure discipline by the Department of Health. 

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Endocrinology, Psych and ER, Oh My!

How's your weekend going? If you've got a little free time, a lazy Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to work on your job search. Whether you're simply browsing to see what's out there or aggressively seeking a new position, we've got word of nurse practitioner and physician assistant positions across the country. Check out this week's newest job postings.

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Weekend Wrap Up 2.21.15

Baby it's cold outside! We've had unseasonably chilly weather here in Nashville this week. Since I braved what Southerners are referring to as 'snowmageddon' on the post-night shift drive home, I have been using the snow and ice as an excuse to slow down a little spending my evenings at home with a big bowl of soup. How have you been staying warm? If you could use some medical reading on the lighter side this morning, check out this week's health happenings. 

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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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