New Weight Loss Medications, Will You Prescribe Them?

The FDA has approved two new weight loss medications, Belviq and Qsymia.  According to studies, these drugs may help patients lose five to ten percent of their body weight.  Investors estimate these drugs could be worth more than 60 billion dollars.  But only if you prescribe them.

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What Steps Do You Take If You Have a Needlestick Injury?

As I discussed in my blog post a few days ago, needlestick injuries are a reality in the workplace.  Over 1,000 occur each day in hospitals across the United States.  What do you do if a needlestick injury happens to you?

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Take the Needlestick Safety Pledge!

This week at MidlevelU, we are supporting the needlestick saftely movement.  Join thousands of other nurses in signing the Needlestick Safety Pledge.

You will also be entered to win a free iPad!

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The Needlestick Safety Movement

I did not pay close attention to warnings about the possibility of needlestick injuries while I was in my nursing program.  I did not think a needlestick would ever happen to me.  And, well, it hasn't...yet.

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Sleep: How it Affects Your Job Performance

Working in the ER, I am forced into an odd sleep schedule.  This past year, I have been working a lot of 6pm to 2am shifts.

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Choose Wisely: Do You Really Need to Order That Test? Part 2

As I discussed in my blog post on July 10th, the necessity of many routine medical tests along with the need for an annual physical are being called into question.  How do you keep up with current medical guidelines and learn which routine tests may not be necessary?

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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant: Who Has the Better Salary?

So you want to become a nurse practitioner..... or a physician assistant.  The lines between these two professions are becoming increasingly blurred, however some differences do exist.  How do you choose?

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A Day In The Life of An ER Nurse Practitioner

Check out my guest blog post on Nurse Teeny's blog, Makings of A Nurse.  Nurse Teeny has an excellent blog where she documents her nursing experiences.  She is planning to pursue a nurse practitioner degree in the near future. 

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Back to School! 5 Tips for an Enjoyable Nurse Practitioner Program Experience

 

School supplies have begun to line the isles of the Target and Wal-Mart stores near you.  The malls are frantically marking down swimsuits and shorts to make room for Fall boots and jeans.  It is time to start thinking about Back to School.  Are you ready?

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Choose Wisely: Do You Really Need to Order That Test? Part 1

After the New York Times published an article calling into question the necessity of the annual physical, it seems publicity surrounding routine medical testing has flourished.

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