6 Things to Know Before Taking a Job in Retail Health

I've worked as a nurse practitioner in retail health a few times during my years as an NP. I've held these positions in a PRN capacity for various reasons. First, with the purchase of my home I wanted to generate a little extra income to indulge in some (obviously necessary) decor. Later, I found myself bored on weekdays off from my ER job and decided extra work on the side would be a productive use of my time. Whatever your reasons for considering a career in retail health, the job has pros and cons. Here's what you need to know before accepting a nurse practitioner position in retail health. 

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8 High Profile Celebrity HIPAA Violations

Living and working Music City, Nashville, TN, I see celebs roaming around town from time to time. A few years ago I frequented the same spin class as Nicole Kidman. My sister-in-law helped Steven Tyler locate an item in the grocery store a few months ago. I unexpectedly shared an elevator with Taylor Swift in a friend's condo building. And, I once spotted Faith Hill in leopard print stilettos at the movie theater.

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Small Mistakes that Cause Big Damage to Your NP Credibility

Although I have worked as a nurse practitioner for nearly 10 years, I still have a lot to learn. The world of medicine is vast, so it's inevitable that patients will ask questions I don't have an answer to or that I'll need to refer for specialty care. Earlier in my career, I worried that such "I don't know" moments damaged my credibility as a healthcare provider among patients and coworkers alike. I've come to realize, however, that not knowing the answer typically does not put an NP's reputation at stake. Rather, there are a number of mistakes that nurse practitioners make that can damage credibility in a big way. 

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5 Ways Nurse Practitioners Can Cheer Up the Workday

Happy Monday! Going back to work after a summertime weekend can be tough. You're likely find yourself longing to be at the pool or enjoying the great outdoors rather than stuck in a windowless medical office or the hospital. Whether you love or loathe your current position as a nurse practitioner, bad days happen. A combination of stress, overwork and tough cases can leave even the most optimistic NP feeling less than enthused at the end of the day. 

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5 Resources for Billing and Coding Ignorant Nurse Practitioners

As nurse practitioners, we spend the majority of time in our education on clinical content. Treating medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are a focus. While clinical skills and know-how are essential to our careers, our education unfortunately neglects other aspects of the profession. Billing and coding is one such area. After all, it's these skills that ensure we're paid appropriately for the work that we do. 

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Are Resumes On The Way Out for Nurse Practitioners?

You're probably aware that as a nurse practitioner applying for a job, employers are looking at much more than your resume. This extends beyond the way you communicate on the phone or over email, and even goes further than a background check. Many employers are checking out prospective additions to their team on social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram to understand what exactly to expect if they bring you on board. Not only that, some employers are going so far as to use your online presence and additional screenings to decide if you deserve an interview. Will these practices make resumes are a moot point for professionals like NPs?

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Ask for These Perks if Your Boss Won't Give You a Raise

Working up the nerve to ask for a raiseas a nurse practitioner takes a lot of guts. When you finally do pitch your case to your boss, it can be quite frustrating when the answer is "no". Whatever the reasoning may be, if you have done your research and presented a solid pitch with indisputable facts that show that your compensation is not up to par, it can be tempting to look for employment elsewhere; but don’t plan your exit strategy just yet. 

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6 Ways to Reduce Stress While Sitting at Your Desk

Unfortunately stress in the workplace is all too common for nurse practitioners, and some days it may even feel as though it’s part of your job description. When not combated, chronic stress can begin take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. Although long term strategies like daily exercise have proven to be highly effective in reducing stress, often times we face more immediate situations in our workday in which we need a quick and effective solution in dealing with mounting tension. Here are six ways to reduce stress while sitting at your desk.

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Poolside Summer Reads for Nurse Practitioners

There’s no better way to relax on a summer day than lounging poolside with an enticing book in hand (though a strong case could also be made for enjoying a scorching day inside with the AC on full blast). Nevertheless, a good book is always a great way to unwind and escape. If you’re a nurse practitioner who could use some summer reading material, check out these poolside summer reads for NPs.

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3 Mistakes You’re Probably Making After Your NP Job Interview

I’ve talked with a number of nurse practitioners looking for jobs. Whether new grads fresh out of school, or NPs with several years of experience, it seems there are a few common themes that emerge in the job acquisition process for nurse practitioners across the board. Surprisingly, many of the mistakes NPs make during this process occur not during an interview, but after. 

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NP Students- Don't Make These 6 Financial Aid Mistakes

It's easy to make mistakes when it comes to arranging financial aid for your nurse practitioner program. With making plans to return to school, there's already a lot on your mind. Not to mention, the sequelae of your financial aid decisions won't affect you until you graduate from your NP program, anyway. While paying off your student loans seems far off, don't fall into the trap of approaching your financial aid package with nonchalance.

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Can NPs Apply for NHSC Loan Repayment Before Graduation?

The NHSC has strict criteria that nurse practitioners must meet in order to be eligible to submit an application for the Loan Repayment Program. Specifically, applicants who have not graduated their accredited program, passed the certification exam, or do not hold a current and unrestricted license to practice as a NP are not eligible to apply during the open application cycle; which means that unfortunately, nurse practitioner students are ineligible from applying to the program until they’ve graduated. Fortunately, there is hope! If you’re an NP student with at least one year of schooling left, don’t throw your hands up in frustration just yet… the NHSC Scholarship Program may be worth your consideration.

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