5 Best Scrub Brands for Men

It's all about guys this week here at MidlevelU headquarters. Earlier in the week we talked top men's lab coats, then we moved on to featuring the best trauma shears (ever). Now, let's discuss workwear. Finding the perfect pair of scrubs is essential for every nurse or nurse practitioner's wardrobe so let's take a look at the best duds for dudes. 

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7 Questions YOU Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview

The last time I interviewed for a nurse practitioner position, I was hired on the spot. I recall I was asked just one or two questions, handed over my resume, and bam! I was hired. My rapid hiring surprised me given my lack of experience at the time. When I left the interview and recounted the story to family members working in the business world they found it highly amusing.

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Best Trauma Shears. Ever.

In continuing with today's theme of all things manly, I thought I should mention that the other night I was alerted to the existence of the best trauma shears (ever) by a few colleagues. We were shooting the breeze, gathered around the nurse's station at 3am thanks to a slow night in the ER brought on by a timely thunder storm. The topic of conversation? Best techniques for removing rings stuck on swollen fingers. 

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Top Men's Lab Coats: The Short List

Sorry, guys. It has been brought to my attention by a male reader that MidlevelU content is skewed toward the fairer sex. I admit, its true. Given my natural bent towards all things female, I tend write about NPs and planning for pregnancy, the best maternity scrubs, and must-have women's lab coats. So, men, today's your day. Presenting a post devoted entirely to men's workplace fashion...

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Avoid These 4 Mistakes on Your NP Program Application

Isn't writing NP program admissions essays the worst? The vague, nuanced questions leave you wondering what exactly faculty are looking to see in your responses. You must walk the fine line between bragging about your accomplishments and seeming like your credentials are lacking. You know you have overcome some challenge or obstacle in life, but of course can't think of it when you sit down to draft your admissions app. 

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Buzzword of the Week: The Dartmouth Atlas Project

My husband and I now laugh that we one had a real, marriage-stressing (for a few minutes, anyway) fight about the healthcare system. With myself on the provider side of medicine and him working in the health insurance industry, our views on how medical care should work are occasionally at odds. Discussing our jobs and views at length has motivated me to stay well informed when it comes to the inner workings of our healthcare system. 

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Medical Week in Review 7.24.14

Hello, hello! It's been a kick back and relax kind of week around here. My husband and I snuck away for a quick getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. A few evenings spent at the Vendue Inn Rooftop Bar, three yoga classes, and one indulgent dinner at Hall's Chophouse later, I can say I have achieved total relaxation. But, now, it's time to snap back to reality. I'm off to NYC today for a Saturday morning Fox and Friends shoot (don't miss it!) then pulling a few back-to-back night shifts in the ER. We've got some exciting topics slated to post on the blog this coming week so stay tuned. But for now, enjoy this week's can't miss medical links. 

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Where to Find Online Practice Questions for the NP Certification Exam

Studying for the nurse practitioner certification exam can be overwhelming. Where do you start? There are study books and review courses to choose from, all claiming to be the key to passing the test. Regardless of the route you take in your exam prep, practice questions will always be the best indicator of your preparedness for the test itself. 

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What is a NPI and How Do You Get One?

If you've just graduated from your nurse practitioner program, you are likely overwhelmed by the number of licenses and certifications NPs are required to obtain. There's a DEA number if you plan to prescribe controlled substances, a state NP license, and a national certification. In addition, all healthcare providers, nurse practitioners included, must apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI). 

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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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