Which Patients Actually Need Preventative Low Dose Aspirin?

The answer, simplified.

Keeping up with preventative care guidelines can be pretty confusing. It seems like every professional society related to each specialty publishes their own recommendations. From kidney and liver disease prevention to cardiac and osteoporosis screenings, where do you even begin? One particular preventative measure often recommended by nurse practitioners, taking low dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, is particularly nebulous. 

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8 Swoon-Worthy CE Conferences for Summer

The promise of summer has a way of carrying you away with thoughts of lounging in a hammock, the sand beneath your toes and a salty breeze blowing through your hair, or perhaps to the mountains where you can finally enjoy the beautiful, serene weather and fresh air without freezing to death. Unlike your days of adolescence however, your responsibilities as an adult don’t stop just because the season have changed. While you may be dreaming of an exciting summer getaway, there are still patients to be seen, bills to be paid, errands to be run and childcare to worry over. On top of everything else, you still have to set aside some time to do your continuing education hours before it’s too late.

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Why Nurse Practitioners Have More Momentum than Physician Assistants

Last month we took a look at the number of NPs, PAs and MDs graduating from schools each year. Data showing a decided increase in the number of NP grads over the past five years is interesting, especially compared to that of other healthcare provider professions. Not only are nurse practitioners graduating from programs in growing numbers, scope of practice legislation across the US has also become increasingly favorable for NPs. On the other hand, physician assistants don't seem to be making the same strides as NPs. Why?

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How Much Paid Time Off Should Nurse Practitioners Expect?

Personally, paid time off (PTO) is a big deal for me as a nurse practitioner. As NPs, our jobs can be demanding and we simply need a break. Not to mention, we often work holidays, weekends, and other odd hours, while professionals in other industries get a break. Vacation days offer nurse practitioners flexibility, and make a significant impact on work-life balance. So, just how many of these precious days should NPs expect?

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What to Put on Your NP Resume When You Don't Have Relevant Experience

I graduated from an accelerated nurse practitioner program that allowed students without nursing experience to obtain a nurse practitioner degree. The first year of the program I got my RN degree, and the second my MSN. The speed and efficiency of the program was a major positive and allowed me to fast track my education. But, once I graduated, finding a job without any nursing or NP experience was tough. What was I supposed to include on my resume to make it attractive to employers?

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