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5 Moves NPs Should Make When a Company is Restructuring

If you have worked as a nurse practitioner for some time now, chances are that at one time or another you’ve been a part of a hospital merger or acquisition, or another type of organizational shift in your practice setting. Perhaps, simply even a key clinic administrator leaving his/her position made waves in your workplace. 

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What NPs Need to Know about Signing Death Certificates

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 Tips for Handling a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview at a Restaurant

The final interview for my first nurse practitioner job occurred in a restaurant. I met the physician interviewing me at the clinic and she suggested we go to lunch. You can imagine my surprise when she told me she had driving her Harley motorcycle to work that day so I would need to drive us to our destination. Thankfully my old Jeep (think NP student budget) was somewhat clean. 

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4 Written Resources for Lab Interpretation

Our last post talked apps for lab interpretation. While apps are convenient and take up only virtual storage space, we totally side with nurse practitioners who prefer more tangible clinical resources. If you're a book-loving NP, there are a number of helpful references out there to guide you in ordering and interpreting lab studies. Which pack the most punch in the clinical setting?

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The Rules for Delivering Bad News to Patients

I've talked to some colleagues recently who've been a little down about their roles as nurse practitioners. Working in family practice, they have found themselves in the position of delivering bad or upsetting news to their patients. Cancer diagnoses were fortunately made rather than missed, but letting a patient know they've got a serious, life-altering illness or condition is tough, not to mention, this is not something most of us as NPs learn to do in school. 

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How to Prepare the Night Before Your NP Job Interview

Tomorrow is the big day. The day you’ve been thinking about all week; your job interview for a new position as a nurse practitioner. Over the last few days, you’ve (hopefully) taken the time to study over the job requirements, made a comparative list of your qualifications and have come up with a few examples of how your NP experience relates to this position; you’ve even perfected how you’ll answer certain questions the interviewer may ask. 

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5 Foolproof Steps to Enjoying Your Nurse Practitioner Career

My first year as a nurse practitioner, I had some doubts about my career path. Anxious about the skills I needed to acquire to excel on the job, lacking confidence as a new graduate, and frustrated with my employer, there were a lot of factors causing me to question my decision to become an NP. Was this really the right job and ultimately career trajectory for me?

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3 Things You'll Learn at 'What's Up with Primary Care Emergencies?!'

It's almost mid-November and with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I also get the feeling that the year is winding down. Once Thanksgiving week comes, the holiday season takes over and it's all I can do to squeeze in work, shopping, social engagements and all that comes with Christmas time. But, before holiday madness and distractions take over, I plan to get a few productive works weeks in and do some planning to get myself organized in preparation for 2018. 

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Relocating for a Nurse Practitioner Job? Don't Forget to Budget!

Relocating for a nurse practitioner job can make for a very exciting adventure, especially if you’re a new grad NP. Not only do you have a fresh start in a new career, but exploring the sights and attractions of a new city can make relocating for a job feel like a dream come true. That is, until you start seeing just how much moving is going to set you back financially. 

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The Myth of Health Coaching in Primary Care

I recently talked with a new grad nurse practitioner who shared some frustrations with me about her first NP job. As a family nurse practitioner, she envisioned herself talking with patients about their health status, counseling them about diet and exercise, and ultimately making an impact on her patient's overall health. Instead, she finds herself crunched for time, managing long medication lists, and ordering an endless string of labs. 

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3 Orthopedic Certifications that Help NPs Stand Out

I didn't quite finish up our series on certifications for nurse practitioners last week because it turns out there are a lot of ways for nurse practitioners working in specialty settings to stand out. Although NP degrees are pretty general in nature, there are certification and education options for nurse practitioners working or seeking to work in specialties that help NPs distinguish themselves in these settings. So, if you're a nurse practitioner with an interest or experience in orthopedics, check out these options to help establish yourself as a specialist. 

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5 Oncology Certification Options for Nurse Practitioners

We're continuing the conversation here on the MidlevelU blog this week about certifications for nurse practitioners that don't require an additional degree. If you're an NP working in a specialty, achieving certification or specialty training can help you distinguish yourself as a provider with a specific skill set. So far this week we've touched on certifications for cardiology NPs and nurse practitioners working in dermatology. Today, we'll look at options for oncology nurse practitioners

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