Medical Week in Review 11.21.14

Welcome to the weekend! Just a few more hours left in the work day then I'm off to enjoy the evening. Tonight my husband and I will be joining friends for an Italian feast(!) then the rest of the weekend is TBD. Perhaps we'll go camping, or maybe sit on the couch all day watching movies. Whatever we decide, the best part is it will be in the moment! What do you have planned? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news happenings. 

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DON'T Sign on the Dotted Line: NP Employment Contract Considerations

I have been on the signing end of a few poorly worded nurse practitioner employment contracts in my day. In my less experienced, younger days I was especially quick to accept a job without even attempting to negotiate less favorable contractual clauses. The main reason for my negligence? I didn't know what to look for in reviewing a nurse practitioner employment agreement. 

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When it Comes to Patient Care, Mother Knows Best

In my last post I worote about my latest experience in medicine. It wasn't as a nurse practitioner, but rather as a patient. And, it didn't go that well. As medical providers it's difficult to offer a positive patient experience under the pressure to bill, a packed schedule, the increasing amount of red tape in healthcare, and the disillusionment that can develop over the course of a career. Despite these pressures, it's time to get back to the basics when it comes to how we treat people. 

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Turning the Tables: When Provider Becomes Patient

I recently visited a medical clinic in a position different than that of my usual role- I went as a patient. I'll spare you the medical details. What I will tell you about is the seriously lacking state of clinical care I witnessed. I rarely see the world of medicine outside of the hospital where I work, but I have to say having the tables turned was an eye opening experience. 

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How to Ace Your Nurse Practitioner Program Interview

Applying to a nurse practitioner program involves a lot of paperwork. You must draft a personal statement, send in transcripts, and obtain letters of reference. Your educational and professional life is summed up by a stack of 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of paper (okay, okay, the application process is all online now, but you get the idea). This process can leave you feeling like you haven't had a chance to make a memorable impression. Enter the NP program admissions interview. 

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6 Things No One Tells You About Being a New Grad NP

Sigh. I'm turning 30 next month. I really don't feel like I'm ready to be quite that old! I can run 10 miles any given day of the week and I don't have too many forehead wrinkles (they're more like fine lines...). I've been to a dive bar with my grad student sister at least once in the past month, and I own a leather dress. Take that 30. But, as with any life transition there are changes, both welcome and feared, on the horizon for this new decade of my life. 

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Choosing an Otoscope: A How To Guide

When I was a nurse practitioner student, purchasing an otoscope came highly recommended. As an FNP student, years upon years of examining ears were in my future. An otoscope purchase was necessary, according to my clinical instructors at least. So, I hit the internet comparing costs and products with the intention of finding the best otoscope a broke nurse practitioner student could afford. 

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Clinical Hack: Kissing Trick for Nasal Foreign Body Removal

Whenever I notice a toddler has checked into the emergency department waiting room for some sort of foreign body situation, a feeling of dread sends shivers throughout my body. Attempting to remove french fries from the noses of wiggling kids and beads from the ears of screaming infants has never been my forte. Performing procedures on children, especially those involving foreign body removal, just isn't part of my job that I enjoy. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that make removing foreign bodies a bit easier.

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Hot Job Markets for PRN Nurse Practitioners

Could you use a little extra cash for Christmas shopping? Or, maybe your current position is part-time and you would love to take on more hours at work. PRN employment is an excellent opportunity for nurse practitioners looking to make some extra money in addition to other employment, or seeking a flexible job situation. 

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5 Ways to Take Advantage of a Slow Day at Work

It's rare that the words "slow day at work" and "nurse practitioner" are used in the same sentence, but occasionally the unexpected and much welcome not so busy day on the job does happen. This past week in the emergency department, unseasonably cold weather seemed to keep patients at bay leaving me a little free time at my desk. This begged the question, what will I do with these precious extra minutes?

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Medical Week in Review 11.15.14

Happy weekend! What do you have on the books for this chilly Saturday afternoon? I'm wrapping up a fun girl's trip to NYC. Needless to say, I'm shopped out and stuffed full of Italian food. Now back home to Nashville for a serious Netflix marathon, some couch time, and an evening visit to my favorite Mexican restaurant. The perfect week if you ask me! If you find yourself with a little free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Help Save the VA?

We've all heard of the VA scandal brought to light earlier this year. At least 35 veterans died awaiting life saving care at the Phoenix, Arizona Veterans Health Administration facilities. It turns out the facility in Phoenix wasn't alone in its mismanagement woes. 

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