Take a Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Adventure!

As I neared graduation from my nurse practitioner program, I longed for an adventure. A packed graduate school schedule and limited student budget had effectively squashed hopes of an exotic vacation during NP school, so I looked for ways to get out of town while launching my nurse practitioner career. 

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The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Zika + Pregnancy

One of the few new stories to make headlines amidst political coverage over the past few weeks has been that of the Zika virus ravaging Central and South America. While the few cases of Zika identified in the United States have been acquired abroad, the virus is projected to arrive in the United States in the coming weeks or months. For most, Zika results only in mild illness. For pregnant women, however, catching the virus carries significant implications. 

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5 ECG Interpretation Courses for Nurse Practitioners

Mastering the art of ECG interpretation is tough. Reading ECGs proficiently is a skill that takes practice and fine tuning over time. Nurse practitioners working in some environments may not see ECGs everyday making it even more difficult to hone these skills. Fortunately for NPs, there are several organizations offering ECG interpretation focused courses and conferences. If your ECG interpretation skills leave room for improvement, check out these continuing medical education courses to get you up to speed. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 2.5.16

Happy Friday! What do you have in store for the next few days? This weekend my husband and I are hanging out with family in Florida. Not a bad place for a February visit... The temperatures may be unseasonably chilly, but I still plan to be posted up poolside on Saturday. And, of course, I plan to catch the Super Bowl on Sunday - mainly for the junk food and commercials. Before the big game, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

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The Dos and Don’ts of the Gap Year for Physician Assistants

By Meghan Kayan, Aspiring PA and MidlevelU Contributor

It’s not uncommon for college graduates to take a year off prior to matriculation into a graduate program. This is a path that I have chosen, and although it sometimes can feel like gap years can stall your entrance into your future, it’s also a great way to make sure you’re truly on the right path. I’ve found that throughout my year as a post graduate, there are a few things that can help me along in the hopes of getting into PA school.

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6 Ways to Improve Clinical Knowledge During Your Commute

If you're like me, you hate wasting time. And, nothing screams time-suck like your daily commute. I'm lucky these days in that working odd hours affords me the luxury of driving the speed limit on my way to work. But, there have definitely been times in my NP career when bumper to bumper traffic kept me twiddling my thumbs (...or rocking out to 90's pop) behind the steering wheel for more than an hour a day. 

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The Site Short List: Midlevels for the Medically Underserved

Matching with the new residency-like program for NPs

Have you heard of MidlevelU's new residency-like program for nurse practitioners? Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) matches participating NPs with clinics and hospitals across the country that meet the needs of underserved populations. MMU sites commit to coaching and mentoring less experienced nurse practitioners as well as allowing time for participation in MMU's professional and clinical development curriculum. 

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Your Productivity Bonus is Less Than Expected, What Now?

According to my employment agreement, the maximum productivity bonus I could reach in my first nurse practitioner job was somewhere around $25K. My base hourly rate plus the added bonus potential, which I obviously knew I would reach, added up to a pretty nice compensation package. A new NP grad, I had some serious plans for my $25K. Saving up for a down payment on a home and replacing my creaking, rattling, SUV were at the top of the list. 

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How to Wear Scrubs When Its Freezing Outside

Baby, it's cold outside! My least favorite part of cold and flu season is not the increased patient volume in the emergency department. Rather, it's the walk from my car to the front door of the hospital. Wearing thin scrubs leaves my legs freezing cold, and drafty indoor hospital temperatures have my fingers so icy I can barely tap out a patient's chart on my keyboard. Dressing for cold weather as a nurse practitioner can certainly be challenging. How do you wear scrubs when it's freezing outside?

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7 Bad Practice Habits Nurse Practitioners Should Kick

Once you've become comfortable working as a nurse practitioner, or have maintained employment with the same company for a period of time, its easy to let little things slide. You may not notice these bad habits creeping into your workday, but your coworkers, patients, and employer certainly do. Which of these slip ups do you need to watch for in your practice? And, how can you avoid making such indiscretions your MO? 

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PA vs. MD Salaries: State-by-State Comparison

It's well known that physicians earn significantly more than physician assistants. But, how much more? Several factors come into play in comparing salaries of healthcare providers. Location and specialty are primary influencers. Comparing PA and MD salaries on a state-by-state basis gives a more in-depth picture of differences in compensation between the two professions. Remember, physician assistant scope of practice regulations also affect PA salaries and may account for variations across state lines.

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Weekend Wrap Up 1.29.16

Happy (almost) weekend! It's Friday afternoon, the sun is out, and in exactly 4 hours I will be seated at a new local restaurant sampling apps and perhaps enjoying a cocktail (or two). I'm definitely getting some solid weekend vibes here at MidlevelU HQ. What are you up to this weekend? If you could use some reading material to make it through the rest of your Friday, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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