Medical Week in Review 12.19.14

I'm completely, 100% ready for Christmas. What I'm not ready for is for it to be over. I haven't had a chance to fully enjoy the lights and smell of evergreen to their fullest quite yet. So, I'm going to have to put some serious time into creating some holiday moments this weekend. First on my list? Playing the Mariah Carey Christmas album incessantly over the next 48 hours. If you could use a breather from last minute holiday preparation, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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Identifying Your Nurse Practitioner Job Search Parameters

It's a great time to be a nurse practitioner. The job market for NPs is overall looking good as more and more companies realize the value nurse practitioners can provide to patient care. But, many NPs still find searching for a job a frustrating experience. Yes, there are jobs out there, but which one matches best with your personal and professional needs?

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Don't Let the Rat Race Affect Your Practice

I might as well declare myself a pediatric fever specialist. I have been treating kid after kid after parent after parent for fevers, coughs, colds and the flu. I'm pretty sure my clunky nursing clogs have left skid marks on the hospital's laminate floor. After the first few hours of my shift a few evenings ago I felt like I was in the movie groundhog day with each patient all too similar to the last. The flu is everywhere. Whenever I find myself feeling like a hamster on a wheel at work, once I get past the initial exhaustion of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I get nervous- for a few reasons.

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Loan Repayment Programs for Nurse Practitioners

Congrats!  You have fulfilled your dream of becoming a nurse practitioner.  Now, about those loans...  Graduating from your NP program with a mountain of debt can certainly dampen your spirits.  The excitement you feel about your new career path is met with worry and fear over your financial situation.  Conquering student loan debt is no easy task, but fortunately many programs and employment opportunities offer loan repayment help for NPs. 

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Best Gifts for the Wine-Loving Nurse Practitioner

How do you unwind after a long day at the clinic or hospital? Maybe you go for a walk or jog. Perhaps you cook a gourmet(ish) meal. Or, maybe you don't get to kick back until you crawl under the covers for some sweet, sweet sleep. One sure recipe for a relaxing evening is, of course, pouring a tall glass of vino. Whether you prefer merlot or chardonnay, if you've got a nurse practitioner on your list this year, wine accessories can make the perfect gift. 

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Cold and Flu Wives' Tales: Setting the Record Straight

When it comes to wintertime illnesses, it seems the old wives' tales never end. My own grandparents harped on me as a child to wear socks as running around in bare feet could cause me to catch a cold. Now, as a nurse practitioner, I see similar unfounded beliefs among my patients as well. 

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9 Must Have Stocking Stuffers for Nurse Practitioners

How's your Christmas shopping going so far? I checked every gift on my list in a pretty timely manner this year only to realize I should probably come prepared to see my family on Christmas Eve with a few stocking stuffers as well. Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas gifting so I like to put a little thought into the tradition. 

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Oh Baby! FDA Issues New Pregnancy Drug Labeling System

Do you prescribe category C medications to pregnant women? These medications fall into that frustrating grey area where sometimes the medication may be a safe option for pregnant women and other times it may not be the best choice. Not to mention, it can be difficult to find relevant information on a medication's safety status when it comes to breastfeeding and fertility. So, the FDA is taking action to change this age-old lettering classification system.

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Gift Guide for NP and PA Students

By MidlevelU Intern and Aspiring NP Ashley Prince

Are perplexed about what to give your favorite nursing, NP, or PA student for the holidays this year? While stethoscope covers, NCLEX review books, or monogrammed tumblers are traditional ideas, sometimes it's nice to think outside the box, especially if your beloved student has a clinical bag for every day of the week. Here's a lit of more original ideas to help NP and PA students alike get through the day to day challenges of academic life. 

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Medical Week in Review 12.12.14

I'm particularly excited for my trip to NYC this afternoon. I haven't visited the city since Christmas decorations were hung and I'm anxious to take in the scene. On my last trip, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was hidden in scaffolding. Today, I will see it lights twinkling! Now if only it would snow... If you've missed the news this week, here are a few more interesting medical stories. 

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Pitfalls in Practice: Avoiding Disciplinary Action as a NP

As nurse practitioners we all, of course, try our best to practice within legal bounds. But, sometimes trouble in our personal life affects our professional standing. Or, we make a poor decision in regards to our practice. Ideally, none of us will never become the subject of disciplinary action but mistakes do happen. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Administer Botox?

An increasing number of medical practices are adding cosmetic procedures to their menu of services. These procedures, such as administering Botox and dermal fillers, can significantly boost revenue and are relatively simple to perform. Patients pay for them in cash eliminating the paperwork and headache that comes with billing insurance companies. Can nurse practitioners get in on this practice opportunity?

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