The Nurse Practitioner Residency Buzz

If you're a soon-to-be NP grad, chances are, you're a little worried about the next steps in your career. Will you be able to find a job? And, more importantly, will the job be understanding of your level of experience as a new grad? Concerns about the amount of support you will have in your first NP position are warranted. Many practices aren't familiar with the learning curve that less experienced nurse practitioners face, and hold unrealistic expectations for these providers. 

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Which Type of Medical Malpractice Policy is Right for You?

Sorry folks, I didn't intend for this to turn into malpractice week here at MidlevelU.  Monday afternoon I plopped down in the chair on my front porch to enjoy the sunshine (finally) and hash out a short post on medical malpractice tail coverage (coming soon...).  As I began doing a little research for the post I discovered malpractice is not an easy topic to cover.  So, I stepped back to square one writing Medical Malpractice Insurance 101.

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Now, What Meds Are You Taking Again? Pill Identification Apps

By MidlevelU Intern and BSN in Progress Olivia DeFilippo

Countless times I have peered into my medicine cabinet in search of my allergy medication finding pills that have fallen out of the packaging. "I think that tablet looks like my allergy medicine" I say to myself..."But should I risk it?".

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How Accurate are Rapid Flu Tests?

Relying on the rapid influenza test may not be your best bet

For some, the holiday season brings the joy of cooler temperatures, peppermint mochas and kindling fires. But for nurse practitioners, the time of year also means the loom and doom of the dreaded influenza season.

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10 Highest Paying Cities for Physician Assistants

Physician assistant salaries are affected by a multitude of factors. Scope of practice regulations in the state where a PA practices may make the provider more or less valuable to an employer. Competition in the job market along with the level of the PA's experience heavily influences pay. Location, not only at the state level, but at the city level also makes an impact on physician assistant salaries. 

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Phone Interview Tips for Job-Seeking Nurse Practitioners

As a novice nurse practitioner, I once answered a phone interview call from my car...as it went the car wash. Bad idea. I took maximizing my lunch break one step too far. Needless to say, I wasn't offered the position. Similarly, many nurse practitioners I talk to underestimate the importance of an initial phone interview. They approach the conversation more as an informational call rather than a crucial first step in the job interview process

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How to Get Hired by a Practice That Doesn't Want New Grad NPs

Finding a job as a new grad nurse practitioner can be tough. You contact local practices and reach out to job postings only to hear that while your resume looks interesting, the company is only hiring experiences NPs. How are you supposed to get experience if no one will hire you? Not to mention, you're motivated to work hard and succeed so really the practice is missing out, right?

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Weekend Wrap Up 12.4.16

Does holiday party season seem to officially be in full swing for anyone else? With two Christmas parties and two birthday parties to attend, the weekend has flown by. I've already eaten my share of cake and chocolate for the season and December has just begun. What are you up to this weekend? If you could use some reading material for your downtime on this dreary Sunday afternoon, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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4 Things I Wish I Learned in My NP Clinical Rotations

Looking back on life as a nurse practitioner student from the perspective of a now experienced NP makes me wish I'd done a few things differently during my time in school. I'm not taking about major regrets here, but rather a few small adjustments that would have created a smoother transition to practice. The most crucial of these? Making the most of my clinical experience. 

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Legal Considerations: Prescribing Medications for Friends and Family

We've all gotten that text - the one where a family member lets you know their child is inconsolable, most certainly suffering from an ear infection. Or, maybe a friend lets you know they have spent the night sleeping on the bathroom floor, gut twisting with food poisoning. As nurse practitioners, the temptation to help out a friend or family member in these situations by calling in a prescription is strong. Surely prescribing an innocent antibiotic or antiemetic for an acquaintance isn't an issue, right?

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Documenting a Back and Neck Exam Made Simple

Whether you're a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad, there's always room for improvement when it comes to documentation skills. Over the past few months here at MidlevelU, we've been looking at documentation basics for the various body systems. Accurately recording the findings of your physical exam is essential for the continued care of your patient and to protect yourself legally as a healthcare provider. What do you need to know when it comes to documenting exam findings of the back and neck?

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Must-Have Posters for Your Primary Care Clinic

Most medical clinics are far too dingy and generic if you ask me. The walls are always painted some sort of band-aid tan. The smell of hand sanitizer and alcohol swabs wafts through the air causing every patient, regardless of chief complaint, to conjure up images of some sort of painful procedure. Pediatric practices make an effort to brighten up the environment to welcome kids. Maybe its time adult-focused practices did the same. 

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