Medications Direct to Your Doorstep- the Next Big Thing?

Over the past few months, I have noticed a prevalence of ads publicizing Viagra's home delivery service. The concept is genius. No more waiting in line in the middle of the grocery store where your next door neighbor could potentially be lurking, inadvertently witnessing you receive your bottle of little blue pills. An avid online shopper myself (I order everything online), I was curious about how Viagra's home delivery service works. Does a similar service exist for other medications? Is the service actually as user-friendly as it sounds?

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Bling Out Your Boo Boos with these Novelty Bandages

Wearing a band aid is pretty much a major drag. The adhesive attracts ick around the edges, not to mention the bandage is usually hiding a pretty nasty scratch or scrape for which you have received much too little sympathy. Attempts to match various skin tones have helped the problem of unsightly bandages, but they still leave much to be desired. So, why not take full advantage of your next injury and have a little fun?

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Medical Week in Review 8.29.14

Ahhh...don't you just love a good long weekend? I'm crossing my fingers for some sunny Labor Day weather for a few fun-filled days of swimming, grilling, and spending time with family and friends. If you find yourself with some downtime over the holiday, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

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Sorry, You Probably Have Shift Work Sleep Disorder

People often comment on my ability to operate on very little sleep. My response is not that I don't require little sleep but rather I have simply mastered the art of living tired. Four hours of sleep two days in a row? No problem! Sometimes, I even embrace the challenge of sleeping less because it allows me to get so much done. Then, one day, I inevitably crash

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Eye Injuries Caused by Superglue...Yeah, it Happens

The first time I saw a patient in the emergency department who had mistaken a superglue bottle for Visine, it seemed like a once in a lifetime situation. I mean, who keeps hard core adhesive on their nightstand? Then, it happened again. And again. 

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Which States Offer NPs the Most Bang for Their Buck?

The average salary for nurse practitioners varies significantly by state.  From New York where the average NP salary is $114,000 to Hawaii with an average NP salary below $70,000, where you live significantly affects your pay.  Considering average salary along with cost of living makes some states more attractive than others when it comes to lifestyle for nurse practitioners.  Which states fare best?

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How Do You Switch Specialties as a Nurse Practitioner?

If you are already a nurse practitioner, your education has prepared you for a general area of practice. If you attended an Acute Care NP Program, for example, you are qualified to work in the ICU, CCU, and a wealth of other specialty clinics and hospital settings. Or, perhaps as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner you are prepared to diagnose and treat kids. But, what if you want to switch it up mid-career?

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Finding Support in Your First Nurse Practitioner Job

After graduating from your nurse practitioner program, finding a job is priority #1.  Once you've landed an NP position, you can breathe a sigh of relief, right?  Not so fast.  Making it through your first few months as an NP can be pretty tough and it's important you are intentional about how you make it through.

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Tartare Trouble! What Healthcare Providers Need to Know about Tuna

I don't always cover each of my news segments on MidlevelU as I figure you all as medical providers are aware of the information at hand. But, in reviewing studies, government recommendations, and yes, even a few EPA reports in decoding Consumer Report's most recent recommendations for this Saturday's Fox and Friends appearance, I learned some intriguing information about, well, tuna. I thought you might be interested as well. 

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Weekly Medical Recap 8.22.14

Hello, hello! I hope you've all had a fabulous week. Mine has been packed with work and travel, heading from studio to studio for Fox News shoots then back to the ER to pull a couple of all-nighters. It's great to finally be home and settled in Nashville sipping coffee at my own kitchen table. If you missed my latest Fox News segments, you can watch them here and here. And, if you're still craving the latest, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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Making Twitter More Meaningful for Nurses

By MidlevelU Intern and Nurse-in-Training Olivia DeFilippo

Like many people, the first thing I do after waking up each morning is check my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Once I have finished scrolling through each of these social media outlets it is time for me to start my day. Then, throughout the day, I find myself writing on my life & style blog, watching YouTube videos and pinning new recipes and DIY projects on Pinterest.

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Tired of Charting? Medical Scribes to the Rescue!

Do you ever feel like you spend more time on documentation than with actual patients? Or, that if you have to click, click, click through one more chart, you just might lose it? You aren't alone. It is quite possible that one day I will personally throw my work computer off of the ER parking deck or bash it with a baseball bat Office Space style. 

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