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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Can You Afford to Become a Nurse Practitioner?

You're no longer a college student so you've become accustomed to eating steak for dinner rather than ramen and ordering cocktails at happy hour instead of sipping PBR. You might even have a mortgage, or a child's future educational expenses to plan for. As we go through life, our budgets become more complex, and often more stretched. This makes determining if you can afford to become a nurse practitioner a difficult calculation. 

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The Rules for Treating Partners of Patients with STDs

As a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department, I've become accustomed to treating patients for sexually transmitted infections. In fact, I do so nearly every shift I work. While having these sometimes awkward conversations with patients has become much easier, the waters surrounding treatment for the partners of these patients remains murky. Is it allowable to prescribe antibiotics for the partner of a patient I have never laid eyes on? What are the legal implications of doing so?

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Rx Pad: What Nurse Practitioners Must Include on Prescriptions

Prescribing practices are heavily regulated in most states, especially for nurse practitioners. There are very specific guidelines NPs must follow when writing prescriptions in general, and for controlled substances. Nurse practitioners who don't keep up with guidelines related to the information that must be included on prescriptions for these medications will find themselves bogged down with pharmacy callbacks, and and may even face discipline from regulatory bodies. So, it's essential to know what information must be included on prescriptions where you practice. 

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Ciao! Becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Italy

I've been to Italy once, and if there's one place I would like to return in future travels, it's this land of wine, pasta, and picturesque landscapes. From exploring historical sites in Rome to soaking up rays of sunshine on the coast, Italy has an endless array of experiences to offer. As nurse practitioners, our careers are quite flexible and may even allow us to practice in international locations such as this. If you're an NP certified in the United States, how can you take your career to Italy?

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7 Ways to Class Up Your Nurse Practitioner Resume

A resume is simply a summary of your education and employment experience, so it should be pretty easy to pull together, right? While it seems simple, I've seen a lot of unfortunate looking nurse practitioner resumes out there. Studies show that prospective employers spend just seconds scanning a resume before making a decision to move to the next step in the employment process. So, attention to detail is a must when you're applying for nurse practitioner jobs. One small resume misstep could cost you a job interview. 

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So, You Want to Take Your NP Career to France? Here's How.

The nurse practitioner profession has been developing slowly across Europe. Here at MidlevelU headquarters, we receive a lot of questions from nurse practitioners looking to work abroad. So, over the next few weeks, we're looking at the process for working internationally as a NP certified to practice in the U.S. If the turquoise waters of the French Riviera, the lavender fields of Provence, or the romantic appeal of the Eiffel Tower are calling your name, here's how to practice as a nurse practitioner in France. 

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4 Key Questions to Help Your Patients Make Lifestyle Changes

Last week at the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved kickoff, a speaker discussed the concept of motivational interviewing. In my eight years as a nurse practitioner, I had never been introduced to the topic. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Midway through her discussion, I had an 'Aha!' moment that will make a significant difference in the way I interact with my patients. Here's what happened. 

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How Can U.S. Certified Nurse Practitioners Work in the United Kingdom?

If you're a nurse practitioner with an international bent, then you're in luck. Over the next few weeks we're looking at how NPs certified in the United States can practice in other countries. In many cases, the role of nurse practitioners is not as closely defined in other nations, so NPs may find the transition a difficult one to grasp. But, if your heart is set on practicing internationally, we're here to tell you how. Today, let's look at how U.S. certified nurse practitioners can practice in the United Kingdom. 

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The Day I Thought Would Never Come as a Nursing Student

By Ashley Prince, MidlevelU Contributor and [Former] Nursing Student 

It’s official MidlevelU readers- I can add more letters behind my name! As of 1 pm on August 27, 2016 I am now Ashley Prince, BSN. Graduation day was a day neither I nor any of my classmates thought would come, after one long year of round the clock classes, clinicals, exams and NCLEX prep. But, now it has come and gone, and I’m left with one question: What now?

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Weekend Wrap Up 9.17.16

Whew! What a week! This Thursday, the inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class converged on Nashville for our kickoff conference. We dined at Nashville restaurants, practiced abscess I&D on chicken drumsticks, had a spirited bowling competition, and mastered foreign body removal skills using hot dogs. Our week was jam-packed with learning, new NPs ending the conference with 14 continuing education hours. And, we had plenty of time for a little fun, too. 

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6 Delegating Tips to Protect Your Nurse Practitioner License

Yesterday, I discussed the liability risk nurse practitioners face when delegating clinical tasks to nurses, medical assistants, and others on the patient care team. Spreading out patient care responsibilities exposes nurse practitioners to medical malpractice liability. Understanding how to establish an effective supervisory relationship with coworkers mitigates this risk allowing patient care run smoothly. Here are a few practical tips nurse practitioners should implement in making day to day delegation decisions. 

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