Weekend Wrap Up 4.29.16

Yay for Friday! I can't tell you how excited I am about this weekend. The sun is out, the temperature is perfect, my lawn is freshly mowed, and this outdoor-loving girl is happy. It's County Music Marathon weekend here in Nashville, TN. This year rather than running the race myself, I will be standing street side cheering on friends, mimosa in hand. It doesn't get better than (almost) summer weather and hometown weekend events. Looking for something to get you through to the weekend? Check out this week's medical news on the lighter side. 

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What's it Like Speaking for Pharma as a Nurse Practitioner?

Back in my primary care days, which also coincided with my penny-pinching new gad period of life, I was wowed by the pharmaceutical industry. Drug reps provided the clinic where I worked with an endless array of snacks and daily lunches. I was invited to talks, which I frequently attended, at trendy restaurants. While these talks were certainly delivered with an agenda in mind, I quite enjoyed them - and not just for the free filet mignon. 

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Tips for an Epic Nurse Practitioner Graduation Celebration

When I think about university graduations, I think about, well, sweating. Living in the south, graduation season can be quite warm, especially when seated in the full-on sun wearing a giant black robe. I can't say I look forward to graduation ceremonies themselves, but the significance is certainly worth braving well-intentioned outdoor events. Just bring extra deodorant if you live near the Mason-Dixon line.

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You're Back in the Nurse Practitioner Workforce, Now What?

Earlier this week, I talked the 8 not-so-easy steps to reentering the nurse practitioner workforce. Today, let's look at what happens once you do land the job leading you back to your nurse practitioner career. Returning to work after a lengthy break isn't easy in any profession, particularly in one requiring specialized skills and knowledge such as that of a nurse practitioner. Not only will you need to adjust professionally as you go back to work, your personal life will also need to adapt to your newfound employment. 

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A Crash Course on Love Languages + Nursing

By Justine Carmella, Nursing Student and MidlevelU Contributor

What makes you feel loved? Maybe it's a kiss from your dog, hearing someone say you're intelligent, a big bear hug, or when you come home to the dishwasher having been run. Everyone has their own ideas about what actions, behaviors, or words make them feel warm and fuzzy inside. Now buckle up for your crash course on love.

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Reentering the Nurse Practitioner Workforce in 8 Not-So-Easy Steps

I often talk to nurse practitioners who have taken a few years off from their NP careers. Most commonly, family priorities are the reason for the break from the workforce. Other times, a lengthy job search turned stagnant and led to a continuation of one's RN career. Whatever your reason for taking five from life as a nurse practitioner, it's not too late to reenter the NP workforce. Before you do so, careful planning is in order. These six steps should help. 

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Firsthand Advice for New Grad Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Last week, I had the chance to talk with Emily, a psychiatric nurse practitioner practicing in San Francisco, about her journey to becoming a psych NP. Emily’s enthusiasm for her new career was infectious as she shared the steps she took to landing her first job. I also had the chance to ask Emily about her first days on the job as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Overcoming new grad status is tough. And, I love, love, loved the advice Emily had for new grads regardless of specialty. Here’s a quick look at our conversation. 

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How One Psych Nurse Practitioner Landed Her Career

Having worked in primary care, the emergency department, and retail health, I have varied clinical experience as a family use practitioner. One area my career has yet to give me a glimpse into is that of psychiatry. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are in high demand, and have a wide variety of option when it comes to their careers. To get a better idea of what the education and career path looks like for psychiatric NPs, I decided to go straight to the source. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 4.22.16

Happy Friday! This has been quite a productive week over here at MidlevelU HQ. Interview season for Midlevels for the Medically Underserved applicants is in full swing, not to mention we released our first ever app this week. Phew! We hope you are loving the convenience of the MidlevelU app (don't forget to enter the scrubs giveaway) and look forward to your feedback. To wind down the work week, check out this week's latest medical news. 

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The Senioritis Care Plan for Nursing Students

By Ashley Prince, Nursing Student and MidlevelU Contributor

Spring has finally arrived! The weather is warming up, legs are getting shaved again, and graduation dates are fast approaching. Except for mine. And probably yours too, since many ABSN, PA, NP and other MSN programs work throughout the summer. This can be a huge bummer when everyone is finishing up finals, but our summers are going to be filled with 12 hour clinicals, preceptorships, NCLEX review courses, and zero time to work on that tan. 

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The Midwest's Best Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

My sister-in-law hails from Ohio and is full of Midwestern pride. For Christmas this year, I gave her a book titled The Midwest: God's Gift to Planet Earth, which she opened with a beaming smile. Born on the West Coast, I always assumed that my own region had its fair share of perks to offer. I mean, we have a coastline and that beats corn fields, right? Wrong - if you're talking to a Midwesterner. Nurse practitioner students I talk with in the Midwest prefer to find jobs in the area, staying true to their roots in the region. So, in the spirit of Midwest pride, here's a look at the Midwest's top nurse practitioner programs. 

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What is the OIG Exclusion List, and How Could it Affect Your Practice?

By Healthcare Attorney Alex Scarbrough Fisher

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services maintains a list of healthcare providers who are excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs. This list is known as the “List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE)” and it is a BIG DEAL for the healthcare providers who unfortunately find themselves on this list. 

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