Can Essential Oils Interfere With the Prescriptions You're Writing?

When you take a patient’s history, are you asking what essential oils they may be using in addition to any medications they’re taking? Patients are often under the impression that because essential oils are derived from natural, plant-based substances, they’re a safe alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals and pose little to no health risk. As such they may not feel it’s relevant to disclose it to their healthcare provider unless asked. 

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How Can ER Nurse Practitioners Expect to be Paid?

I've worked as an emergency nurse practitioner for nearly ten years now and am employed at three different hospitals. So, I've gotten a pretty well-rounded idea about what to expect as a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department. One big question I get about my job is in regards to salary - how much and in what manner can emergency nurse practitioners expect to be paid?

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Maternity and Paternity Leave for Nurse Practitioners? What You Need to Know

By Labor and Employment Attorney Jennifer Lankford

Welcoming a new member to your family is an exciting time! Unfortunately, I see all too often how excitement gives way to anxiety as moms and dads to be begin to worry about returning to work after baby.  Once the daycare arrangements are made and a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” lands soundly on the nightstand, the next call is to me – “What maternity leave am I entitled to? 

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How Should You Handle Suspected Drug Use in Coworkers?

Healthcare providers are often considered to be model citizens when it comes to demonstrating healthier habits like lower rates for smoking and higher rates of exercise. Unfortunately though, substance misuse and addiction rates are no different among them than they are for the general population. In fact, according to the Butler Center for Research, healthcare professionals actually have significantly higher levels of opioid abuse and sadly, the rates have continued to grow significantly over the years.

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How Quickly are NPs Required to Complete Patient Charts?

Last week my husband and I risked taking our 4 month old on an international vacation. Fortunately, the little guy was a champ during the flight and our plans went off without a hitch. During our getaway, however, I received a dreaded email titled "Incomplete Patient Chart". If you're a nurse practitioner, you probably know exactly the kind of email I'm talking about. 

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Recap: Nurse Practitioner Residency Info Session

Happy Thursday! The work week is nearly over and here at MidlevelU HQ, we decided to cap off a productive past few days with a live info session covering the ins and outs of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). What exactly is MMU, you ask?

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4 Tax Writeoffs for Physician Assistants

Ugh, I am still procrastinating from filing my taxes this year. The worst part about my lack of initiative when it comes to the task is that I have a CPA. So, filing taxes really only means gathering several documents that have been accumulating dust in my desk over the past 12 months and making a handful of calculations. Yet, somehow the job still seems insurmountable. There is a silver lining, however when it comes to filing taxes as a healthcare provider. Physician assistants, for example may be able to write off several career related expenses reducing overall tax liability. 

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Critical Advice for NPs Who Delegate to Medical Assistants

Thanks to the predicted surge in the number of medical offices and outpatient care facilities, technological advancements and the growing number of elderly Americans in need of medical treatment, the medical assistant profession is growing much faster than the average for all occupations according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. For nurse practitioners, properly utilizing medical assistants in your clinical setting can certainly make your day run much more efficiently. While these healthcare workers are quite versatile, misunderstanding their role and what can be delegated to them may cause you to violate your state’s rules and regulations.

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How Should Nurse Practitioners Recover from a Mistake at Work?

Have you ever made a mistake on the job that left you reeling with emotion? For nurse practitioners, when we make a mistake, its impacts not only have the potential to affect our careers but could put our patient’s life at risk. Unsure of what the devastation may be, mistakes can feel impossible to overcome and can cause you to suffer sleepless nights, stress, anxiety and depression. You may question your capability as an NP and begin to second guess whether you chose the right profession. 

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Six Ways to Fight a Post NP Graduation Slump

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program is a bittersweet accomplishment. On one hand you’re beyond excited to finally be done with school and eager to start your new profession as an NP. On the other hand, you may also feel overwhelmed and stressed about the uncertainty of your future now that school is over and it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice.

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Are You Too Old to Become a Nurse Practitioner?

I plan to remain active well into old age.  Stories like that of the pole-vaulting granny and the fact that my own 103 year-old grandfather mowed his lawn until the age of 99 inspire me never to use age as an excuse not to do something.  Unexpectedly, one question I receive frequently from readers is "Am I too old to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner?".  Given this go for it spirit, my natural inclination is to respond that "you are never to old to become a nurse practitioner".  But,  becoming an NP is a time-consuming and costly undertaking and must be carefully considered.

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3 Things Your NP Program Won't Teach You

After paying thousands of dollars to your nurse practitioner program, spending weekends writing papers and long days completing clinical work, your NP education should be entirely thorough, right?  Wrong.  I'm sorry to say, your nurse practitioner program won't teach you everything.  What gaps can you expect to find in your NP education and how do you overcome them?

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