Could the Super Bowl Spread a Measles Outbreak?

It's that time of year, Super Bowl time. While this Sunday will be filled with football and food (mmm guacamole!), there's a not so festive question on healthcare provider's minds. Could the Super Bowl spread a measles outbreak? I'm discussing the question live on the Fox News Channel today with Neil Cavuto (don't miss it). Here's a preview. 

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Regulation of Nurse Practitioners: Who's in Charge?

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that as nurse practitioners we practice in a muddied legal space. State laws governing NPs differ across the county. In some states these laws put the Board of Nursing over nurse practitioners. In other states the Board of Medicine regulates NPs. Who's in charge in your state?

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4 (Not So Serious) Truths About Human Behavior from the ER

When I tell people I work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, the most common response I receive is along the lines of "I bet you've seen it all". I suppose I kind of have, but I don't think people actually know what exactly they are referring to when they say 'all'.

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Working for a Large Hospital System: Weighing the Pros and Cons

I've always fancied myself a small hospital or independent clinic kind of girl. My first nurse practitioner jobs were in walk-in and urgent care clinics where I interacted with the physician owners almost daily. Any question or concern I had went straight to the top of the administration chain. Or, rather, there was no chain. 

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4 Mistakes Experienced Nurse Practitioners Make in a Job Search

If you're an experienced nurse practitioner, you're in luck. Your job search should be much easier than it was as a new grad now that you've got some real-life practice hours under your belt. Not to mention, you likely have professional connections to help with your search. Whether you've been working as an NP for ten months or ten years, your employment outlook is bright.

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What is a Rust Ring and How Do You Remove It?

Have I mentioned before that I hate treating ophthalmology problems? Well, that and testicular diagnoses. In each case, the patient only has two of the particular body part and the stakes are, needless to say, high when it comes to getting the right diagnosis. Diagnosing and treating eye related problems doesn't give me quite the amount of anxiety it once did now that I am more seasoned in my practice. So, I do enjoy treating the occasional ocular foreign body- as long as I can successfully remove it, that is. 

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18 NP Student Stereotypes: Which One are You?

It seems like no matter where and when you go to school and how old you are or how advanced your degree, somehow the students are all the same. There's always an over-sharer, a confrontationist, and a know-it-all. You know the type. 

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Why U.S. News Chose Nurse Practitioners Over Physicians

I'm a sucker for a good 'Top 10' or 'Top 100' or 'Best of ...' list. That's why every year when U.S. News releases it's best jobs list, I indulge in scanning through the publication's picks for the top careers of the year. You can imagine my delight when I didn't have to scroll far to find nurse practitioner listed as number 2 on the recently released list of 2015's 100 best jobs. 

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This Etsy Shop Helps Nursing Students Study Pharmacology

By Nursing Student and Future NP Olivia DeFilippo

Pharmacology requires constant attention and hard work. You use acronyms, stories and pictures to help memorize drug information. Being a visual learner, I personally have spent countless hours making color-coded charts to learn the similarities and differences of each drug class. 

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Kitchen Hacks for Busy Nursing and NP Students

By Nurse Practitioner Student and Personal Trainer Justin Groce

I'm in nursing school so I get it. Instead of making dinner every night you'd much rather be using that free hour to study or actually do something you enjoy-like...crafting flashcards. So, as a nurse practitioner student myself I've come up with a few strategies to expedite my (healthy!) meal preparation for the week. 

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Medical Week in Review 1.23.15

Happy Friday! How was your week? Personally, I'm feeling a little sleep deprived from working late shifts in the ER so there's definitely some couch time in store for me this weekend. And, if I get motivated, maybe some yoga, too. If you've been too busy to keep up with this week's news happenings, check out these more interesting medical stories. 

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How to Sign Your Name as a Nurse Practitioner

Who knew that signing your name professionally could be so complicated?! Surely, the process isn't this complex for other professions? Right, wrong, or just plain annoying, there is a lot that goes into signing your name properly as a nurse practitioner. You may have multiple academic degrees to mention, special certifications, or even a state requirement to represent your NP credentials a certain way. So, how exactly do you sign your name as a nurse practitioner?

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