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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What's the Primary Care NP's Role in Managing CKD Patients?

Some of the nurse practitioners participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved recently let me know that they see a lot of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Whether these patients are presenting for management of CKD itself or another issue, management and treatment of patients with such chronic comorbidities can be complex. Prescribing, for example, reaches a new level of complexity as the NP must decide which medications and at what doses and intervals are appropriate for the CKD patient. 

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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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Choosing a Stethoscope: A How To Guide

Earlier, I mentioned I'm in the market for a new stethoscope. Mine isn't broken, it works perfectly well, but it's just time. I've had my stethoscope for at least eight years now and, just like with my wardrobe, every so often I could use a change. But, there are so many stethoscopes on the market at so many price ranges, where do I start my search?

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Regulations for Attending an Online NP Program Out-Of-State

I have always assumed that students can attend a nurse practitioner program online in any state.  After all, the whole purpose of online education is to make courses flexible and easily accessible.  But, as I have done more and more research into online nurse practitioner programs, I have come across a few restrictions when it comes to attending an online NP program out-of-state.

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DIY Halloween Decor for the Hospital Floor

From mandatory family photo ops at the pumpkin patch to pumpkin succulent planters, it seems as though there’s a new decorating trend for Halloween every year that circulates our newsfeeds. When it comes to Halloween decor, there are really no limits to how creative you can get. While you can’t necessarily go too crazy with decorating on the floors of your hospital as you would your home, there are still some fun and easy ways you can liven up the place for October 31st. 

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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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Unexpected Challenges of Working as a New Grad NP

This morning I was engaged in a discussion with one of our Midlevels for the Medically Underserved cohorts. This group of new grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants has been working in the primary care setting for about six months now so has a little practice experience under their belts. As we were talking, several themes emerged in the conversation. There were a number of challenges facing these novice NPs that they hadn't anticipated. 

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Business Meeting Etiquette- Six Rules of Thumb for NPs

My first nurse practitioner job offer was made over lunch at a local restaurant. Since then, I've met colleagues for coffee and had business meetings related to my work both inside and outside the clinical setting. As a nurse practitioner, I often find these interactions uncomfortable. After all, as a healthcare provider most of my job involves seeing patients, not discussing healthcare reform, financial planning or other business endeavors. This professional discomfort is particularly apparent when it comes time to pay - am I supposed to hand over my credit card?

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3 Dermatology Certifications for Nurse Practitioners

This week here at MidlevelU, we're talking specialty certifications for nurse practitioners. NP degrees are awarded for broad specialties, but for nurse practitioners with focused interests, seeking specialty certification outside of academia can be a beneficial career move. This not only demonstrates a commitment to your specialty but also show patients and prospective employers that you have achieved a certain skill set or level of knowledge. Yesterday, we looked at cardiology certifications for NPs. Today, we will tackle derm. 

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What's Up with Continuing Education in Nashville?

Get the scoop on our newest CE offering

Can you believe it's already October? As 2017 winds down and we head toward the holiday season, we're doing some serious planning for the upcoming year here at MidlevelU. We've been working particularly hard to line up our first ever live continuing education conference for nurse practitioners and physician assistants here in our hometown of Nashville, TN. We can't wait for you to see what's in store as we welcome MidlevelU readers to Nashville to meet in person!

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