What to do if You're Asked to Prescribe Suboxone

As part of an effort to curb our country's opioid crisis, in 2016 former President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The Act grants nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone) to a limited number of patients upon completion of a training course. As a result, many healthcare employers are now asking nurse practitioners to complete this training and add prescribing Suboxone to the list of services they offer. NPs I talk with have mixed feelings about the issue. 

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How Do NP and PA Salaries Compare by State?

I'm often asked questions about the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions and how they relate. In what way are roles for NPs and PAs different? How does the nurse practitioner education compare with that of a physician assistant? And, of course, there's the inevitable salary question - how does compensation for NPs and PAs compare? Since salaries vary significantly by location, it can be helpful to answer that last question by looking at compensation data for each specific state.

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Resume Mistakes We're Surprised (Even Experienced) NPs Make

If there's one thing I do a lot of here at MidlevelU, its review resumes. Whether I'm providing guidance to a job-seeking nurse practitioner, to an NP applying to our programs, helping out an employer or as a favor to a colleague, over the past few years I've looked at hundreds of nurse practitioner resumes. There are certainly a number of accomplished, motivated NPs out there, but I'm consistently shocked at how poorly some showcase their education and experience. Come on all, you have a graduate degree, you should know how to use capital letters correctly, right?!

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Treating Pesky Triglycerides: A Lipid NP's Take

By Guest Contributor Justin Groce MSN,NP-C,CSCS

With cardiovascular disease being the main cause of mortality in the United States it’s no wonder that statins and other lipid-lowering agents have become the victim of both positive and negative attitudes.  Although low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) have become the forefront target of treatment in regards to lipids one must wonder why triglycerides (TGs) take the backseat.

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A Sneak Peek at My Productivity-Maximizing Calendar

I like to think I'm a pretty efficient person. If there's a hack out there to help get day-to-day jobs done more quickly, I'm on top of it. Now that I'm balancing MidlevelU, clinical practice and motherhood, I find that time is a major commodity. I've got to be hyper-vigilant about how I spend my time or else the day gets away from me and it's difficult to catch up. This newfound time crunch has promted me to fine-tune my productivity skills and schedule. I think I've come up with a pretty good system, so I though I'd share it with you because, well, nurse practitioners are busy people! 

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