3 Non-Traditional Job Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners

Looking for a job? Finding a nurse practitioner position can be frustrating in some markets. Expanding your job search horizons can help. There are a few types of employers that find themselves constantly in need of NPs. These positions are often in different settings than your average family practice clinic and can be an excellent opportunity to expand your skill set. 

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Patterned Scrubs for Fall that Work

I'm not usually a big patterned scrub wearer. I stick to my good 'ole, road-tested, monochromatic blue or black sets. But, I have noticed companies stepping up their style when it comes to America's favorite healthcare wear over the past year or two. Mirroring popular styles commonly seen on the streets of fashion locales like NYC, scrub makers are getting the picture when it comes to choosing patterns. 

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Are Healthcare Providers Legally Obligated to Treat Ebola Patients?

Ebola has been a hot topic at the ER nurse's station lately. In the wee morning hours when the department slows down, we speculate as to our actions should a patient with Ebola arrive in our waiting room. Who would care for the patient? Some have declared they will walk off the job and never look back. Others are embracing Ebola preparation by practicing donning and doffing hazmat suits. Most staff support a system where providers without children or families 'go in' first. What would you do?

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A Firsthand Account of the CRNA Application Process

Applying to graduate school can be a stressful process, especially if applying to schools as competitive as those offering CRNA programs. A little background on what goes into applying can help give you an edge. To get some insight into the CRNA program application process, we talked to one nurse who has (successfully!) applied to CRNA programs. Here's what Anna, CCU nurse and CRNA in progress, had to say about the experience. 

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A Glimpse Into Life as a CRNA Student

We talk a lot about nurse practitioners here at MidlevelU, but today we're branching out. Becoming a nurse practitioner isn't the right career path for every nurse aspiring to an advanced education. One option for nurses looking for something new is to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) providing anesthetics to patients for surgeries and procedures. Could life as a CRNA be right for you?

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Nurse Practitioners

You obviously can't show up for a Halloween party in your scrubs dressed as a 'doctor' or 'nurse' because that would be totally lame. And, let's be honest, your scrubs are probably contaminated with MRSA. I would also shy away from the sexy Ebola nurse costumes that are now flooding the Halloween market- poor taste if you ask me. If you are hoping to embrace your inner science nerd and medical know-how with your disguise this Halloween, check out the following DIY costume ideas.

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Not Your Mom's Compression Socks

I'm publishing this post at high risk of losing all fashion credibility. My cool points are definitely on the decline. I'm pretty sure my mom wears compression socks. My grandmother definitely wore them. While supportive hosiery is certainly not a fashion statement most of us want to make, as nurse practitioners on our feet sometimes we must sacrifice looking good for feeling good. 

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Red Cross Apps a Resource for Nurse Practitioners

By MidlevelU Intern Olivia DeFilippo

The American Red Cross is committed to keeping the United States safe and healthy. This past summer, I was honored to be a "blood ambassador" volunteer in Massachusetts where I helped to manage local blood drives. If you were not already aware, on August 1, 2014, the American Red Cross released a statement indicating a serious blood shortage and dire need for O negative, A negative, and B negative blood donations. 

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Tips on Speeding Up the Nurse Practitioner Credentialing Process

The amount of paperwork required to start work as a nurse practitioner can be quite overwhelming. You've got a state license and a national certification. You have a DEA number and NPI number. There's your diploma proving your educational qualifications and continuing education certificates indicating your continued compliance with certification guidelines. But, the paperwork doesn't end there. 

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Medical Week in Review 10.25.14

Ahhh...the weekend has officially arrived. I am currently celebrating this unnaturally warm fall Saturday afternoon by napping on a lounge chair in my back yard. Then, I plan on a festive night out on the town at my favorite swanky sushi joint. A post-dinner visit to the Nashville's honkey tonks...TBD. What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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What Nurse Practitioners Need to Know About Credentialing

When I was offered my first job in the emergency department, I assumed the transition would be smooth. After all, I was no longer a new graduate so my certification, licensure, and DEA number were all in order and ready for action. All I had to do was look over my contract and sign on the dotted line. I didn't even bother to negotiate (while it worked out, I don't recommend this!). But I was wrong. 

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Wilderness Medicine Courses for Nurse Practitioners

My husband and I honeymooned in Bora Bora. It was all it was cracked up to be and more. Blue waters, tropical fish, tiki huts, and even an unwelcome tropical downpour graced our vacation. The entire time we were on the island, however I had this slight unsettled feeling. "What if I had an appendicitis...where would I go?" I thought. The island was so remote that for any medical care other than a simple laceration or sprained ankle, med evac would be necessary. 

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