Tips for Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Out-of-State

Relocating? Looking for a job in another state, or even across a state, can be a frustrating process. Scheduling interviews becomes a hassle, and employers seem hesitant to hire a candidate residing elsewhere. 

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Planning to Have a Baby as a Nurse Practitioner

Over the past year many of my friends have taken the life-changing leap into motherhood. My weekly walks with girlfriends now often consist of chatter about organic baby food, crib bumpers and spit up...in a good way. As I think about making this transition myself one day, there is a lot to consider. Not only does prospective motherhood have me contemplating what daily life with kids will look like, it also forces me to make some important decisions about my career.

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Going Back to Work as a Nurse Practitioner After Baby

In my last post, I mentioned that my friends have babies on the brain these days. From leak-proof diapers and potty training to the best super soft onesies, recent girls' nights out have revolved around talking tots. While I don't yet have kids of my own, planning for them one day makes me wonder what changes I will need to make when it comes to my career.

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New Device Assists CPR + Fox and Friends

This morning, I joined Elisabeth, Brian, Tucker and the Fox and Friends team to talk life-saving CPR techniques. As nurse practitioners, we are all well versed in CPR. But, do our patients know how to act in emergency situations?

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Medical Week in Review 7.18.14

How was your week? It's been a beautiful week here in Nashville, TN and I have taken full advantage by grilling, eating outdoors and going on a few pleasant jogs on my favorite neighborhood trails. A quick trip to NYC for a Fox and Friends interview talking Secrets of the ER with Elisabeth Hasselbeck rounded out my list of this week's activities. I hope your week was a good one, too. If you find yourself with some free time this weekend, check out these medical news stories. 

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5 Healthcare Blogs Worth Reading

Last week, my mom came to visit. Every morning she would wake up and walk into the kitchen to the quick click, click, click sound made by my laptop keyboard. Steam would be nearly coming out of my ears as I typed away. "I think you might be addicted to blogging" she nonchalantly commented one particularly steam-coming-out-the-ears kind of morning. 

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Life as a Nurse Practitioner

I think it's clear that I love my job. I have worked as a nurse practitioner for six short years and looking back wouldn't change a single step I have taken on my career path. But, things aren't always rosy in the life of an NP. As with every job, the nurse practitioner career presents some unique challenges at times. Yes, I think it's fair to say that practicing as an NP is good, bad, and ugly. 

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A Guide to Networking as a Nurse Practitioner

While I was resistant to the word 'networking' early in my career, I have come to realize that relationships with others in all areas of medicine can have some serious benefits for both parties. Networking opens your eyes to healthcare as a whole, both clinical and business aspects. It can serve you well in times when you have a question or are looking for a career change. In my last post, I discussed these benefits. But, how do you go about making these connections?

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Why Networking is Important for Nurse Practitioners

Every morning I wake up, flip on the coffee pot, and thumb through e-mails on my phone in a relaxed fashion. I have no intention of removing my body from my snuggly sweat pants until at least 9am. I am working, perhaps doing laundry or blogging, or maybe mentally preparing for an all-night shift in the ER, but without the pressures of a traditional business job. No, the cubicle and standard 9 to 5 shift is not for me. 

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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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Writing Prescriptions as a Nurse Practitioner: The FAQ's

It seems that working in the emergency department some days all I do is write prescriptions. Muscle relaxers for back pain, nausea medications for vomiting, and migraine meds for headaches. Prescribing is at the core of many nurse practitioner's practice. Unfortunately, the guidelines surrounding this privilege can be difficult to sort through and understand. 

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Top 5 Things to Consider in Choosing Your NP Program

So, you've decided you want to become a nurse practitioner. Now begins the first step in your NP education- choosing which nurse practitioner program is right for you. Once you have initially narrowed down the options when it comes to your education, the next step is to look at the less obvious differences between your programs of interest. 

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