Top ICD-10 Diagnoses of NPs Taking the Certification Exam

Studying for the nurse practitioner certification exam? If you've recently graduated from a nurse practitioner program, you are likely feeling the weight of your impending boards. The stress of finals has dissipated only to be replaced by an even more significant obligation-studying for the test necessary to land you a job. You may even find the stress of certification prep to be pathological. Here are a few medical conditions likely to befall new grad nurse practitioners. 

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Clinical Pearls for Ear Foreign Body Removal

When I began working in the emergency department, I was surprised the first time I encountered a patient presenting with a case of insect-in-the-ear. Really? It just crawled in there?! Then, the scenario played itself out over and over again. Whether it's an exploring insect, a bead, or a pea that makes its way into a patient's ear canal, as a nurse practitioner you may find yourself removing otic foreign bodies from time to time. While the procedure is usually quite simple, if done improperly serious complications can result. 

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And the Worst Nurse Practitioner Job Market in America Is…

In working with nurse practitioners from across the country as part of the MidlevelU Career Advisor Program, I've been exposed to job markets nationwide. From rural Alaska to New York City, the pulse of the healthcare economy varies from location to location. The number and types of job opportunities for nurse practitioners follow suit. Which state is home to the absolute worst job market for nurse practitioners?

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7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Education

Prepared or not, your nurse practitioner education is going to cost you thousands of dollars. So, making decisions about how you plan to become an NP shouldn't be taken lightly. Putting some extra research and effort in on the front-end of your education could save you thousands of dollars of hard earned money later. Here are a few tips and tricks for managing the cost of your nurse practitioner education. 

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Your Job Search Secret Sauce

Happy Memorial Day! My red meat consumption has been at an all time high over the past few days as a result of holiday cookouts. There's nothing quite like a burger off the grill loaded with toppings and dripping with catsup. Now that the long weekend is winding down, it's time to get back to business starting with your nurse practitioner job search. If your job search, like your weekend BBQ, could stand some secret sauce connect with a MidlevelU Career Advisor for personalized career advice and job search attention. 

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Balancing College Life and a Future Healthcare Profession

By Aspiring Physician Assistant Meghan Kayan

It's no surprise that the curriculum for college students looking forward to post baccalaureate medical fields is strenuous. Admidst the stress of wanting to get into a good school and trying to make Dean's list every semester, extracurricular activities and social lives can get put on the back-burner and sometimes completely forgotten. However, as a rising "super senior" I'm here to warn undergrads that a better balance may be in order. 

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Nurse Practitioner Non-Competes: Are They Enforceable?

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

As I discussed in a previous blog post, Employment Contract Negotiation for Nurse Practitioners, the process of negotiating an employment contract can be extremely complicated for a nurse practitioner. Not only are you concerned with outlining the scope of your practice, including the duties and expectations of your employment, but you are also negotiating for salary and benefits, like bonuses and vacation days. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 5.23.15

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you are enjoying some time off work and have some all-American activities in store. This weekend I will be attending the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and am excited about the one in a lifetime experience. Race day followed by burgers on the grill...you can't get much more all-American than that! Well, maybe if you add apple pie for dessert. Now, there's a thought. If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's medical news link pack.

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5 Tips for Finding a New Job Within Your Hospital System

I recently had a nurse practitioner approach me for advice on finding a new position within her current hospital system. She worked as a surgical nurse practitioner and felt she was no longer growing in her current role. The schedule her position required wasn't conducive to family life and several nurse practitioner job postings listed her current hospital's website looked like more attractive career options. Applying for these positions, however was awkward. How would HR react to seeing she was interested in leaving her job and meanwhile applying for a new one?

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9 Ways to Overcome a Lousy Nurse Practitioner Job Market

The realization that you have just become a nurse practitioner living in a less than favorable job market is a bitter pill to swallow. As you look for a position, student loan obligations loom in the back of your mind. Not to mention, it seems totally unfair that everyone has told you throughout your career that NPs are in increasingly high demand and your job outlook is bright. What recourse do you have if you find yourself a nurse practitioner in this position?

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How Much Can You Realistically Work During Your NP Program?

Maintaining some semblance of an income is essential for most nurse practitioner students. Living costs, tuition, books, and unforeseen expenses add up. Planning a practical budget and setting reasonable expectations is a must. The life of a working student can be a difficult one and many prospective students aren't sure how many hours they should plan on working during their NP program. What can you expect when it comes to balancing employment with student life?

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A Firsthand Look at Life as an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner

During my years working as a nurse practitioner at an urgent care clinic, I had the opportunity to participate in a few different occupational health roles. Many urgent care clinics have contracts to provide occupational health and/or wellness services with local companies. My employer did the same. 

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