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How Nurse Practitioners Can Get Their Personal Contact Info Offline

A nurse practitioner I spoke with recently had a question about her NPI number. So, she searched online for her name + NPI. She was appalled to find that her personal address and cell phone were listed, plainly visible and available to the public, along with her NPI number and license numbers. 

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What is Shared Billing and How Does It Affect You as a Nurse Practitioner?

It's easy as a nurse practitioner to go throughout your workday with knowing exactly how you get paid.  Yes, you may understand your basic hourly or salary compensation structure but your employer wouldn't hire you unless you were bringing revenue into the practice.  The rules and regulations surrounding nurse practitioners and billing are quite complex.

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Are Nurse Practitioners Legally Obligated to Report Domestic Violence?

Are nurse practitioners obligated to report domestic violence? This is a question I haven't asked myself enough over the past few years. Working in the emergency department we have an on-site police officer on the floor at all times. Any time a suspected case of violence or assault comes through the doors, the officer takes a report. Reporting domestic violence, however, is a touchy subject. Some argue it may even do more harm than good. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Administer Botox?

An increasing number of medical practices are adding cosmetic procedures to their menu of services. These procedures, such as administering Botox and dermal fillers, can significantly boost revenue and are relatively simple to perform. Patients pay for them in cash eliminating the paperwork and headache that comes with billing insurance companies. Can nurse practitioners get in on this practice opportunity?

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The Rules for Treating Partners of Patients with STDs

As a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department, I've become accustomed to treating patients for sexually transmitted infections. In fact, I do so nearly every shift I work. While having these sometimes awkward conversations with patients has become much easier, the waters surrounding treatment for the partners of these patients remains murky. Is it allowable to prescribe antibiotics for the partner of a patient I have never laid eyes on? What are the legal implications of doing so?

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Can a Dentist Supervise a Nurse Practitioner?

There are several states in which scope of practice laws for APRNs mention dentists. As a nurse practitioner I had never considered that I might work for or be supervised by a dentist. But, it seems others have at least considered this. Working in the emergency department I do treat a number of oral/dental complaints and make my fair share of referrals to dental clinics. Legally, could I work in a dental practice and/or be supervised by a dentist?

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5 States That Don't Allow NPs to Prescribe Schedule II Drugs

Drugs are divided into categories referred to as 'schedules' based on properties such as their potential for abuse, safety profile and legitimacy as a medical treatment. These schedules range from I to V with schedule I medications being those with an extremely high potential for abuse and no legitimate medical application and with schedule V benig those with a low potntial for abuse. In the overwhelming majority of states, nurse practitioners enjoy the freedom to prescribe drugs in schedules II-V. 

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Do NPs or PAs Have More Freedom?

While the way nurse practitioners and physician assistants work when is comes to patient care looks quite similar, there are regulatory differences between the two professions. Each state has a different set of scope of practice laws, one for NPs and one for PAs. These laws effect how effective and efficient employing these healthcare professionals is in different geographic areas therefore affecting the job market for and salaries of these providers. More practice freedoms usually leads to greater employability and higher salaries. So, do nurse practitioners or physician assistants have more freedom when it comes to scope of practice?

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Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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F.A.Q About Signing Death Certificates as a NP

The first time a death certificate appears on your desk as a nurse practitioner is a nerve wracking moment. Are you allowed to sign death certificates as an NP? If so, what if you are unsure of the cause of death? What's the liability involved with signing a death certificate? Naturally, there's a lot of confusion and concern among nurse practitioners when it comes to signing death certificates so today we're addressing some F.A.Q. to clear up the confusion. 

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5 CYA Charting Tips from a Malpractice Attorney

Two weeks ago at our Midlevels for the Medically Underserved kickoff, we had a panel of attorneys share advice for nurse practitioners related to medical malpractice. As NPs, medical malpractice is something we must be aware of. We're all human and we all make mistakes. Even those of us who practice error-free are bound to have a patient with a negative health outcome from time to time given the undeniable fact that health naturally decompensates over the course of a lifetime. 

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Second Jobs? Side Hustles? What NPs Need to Know

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney 

Moonlighting. Daylighting. Side Hustle. No matter how you describe it, second jobs or passions turned profits are common among nurse practitioners. Given the unique work hours of many NPs, you may have downtime that can be used to pick up nursing work for another health care provider, or, as is becoming more and more common, to pursue an entirely different career. Before signing on for a second job or promoting your Etsy shop among co-workers and on social media, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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