The First Step to Appropriate Pain Management

I have to admit that I kind of hate talking about pain management. Pain is one of those things that your patients can't show you visibly (at least most of the time). It doesn't show up in lab results. Treatment of pain is based on subjective report. So, as a nurse practitioner it can be difficult for me to make decisions about managing pain for my patients. Then, toss into the mix that our nation is facing an opioid crisis, the fact that I've been duped a few times into writing narcotic prescriptions for addicts and I'm not sure what to do next or where to draw the line. 

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Are Nurse Practitioner School Rankings Accurate?

Are you looking for the right nurse practitioner program? If you're anything like me, part of your NP school search involves looking at rankings. You've checked out which universities position their nurse practitioners for the highest levels of success, at least as far as you can tell. You've weighed the quality of each program compared with the price tag of attendance. But, how accurate is the information you're finding online, especially when it comes to NP program rankings?

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New Series! Approaching Pain Management

From pharmacology to putting your foot down

Raise you hand if you struggle with setting boundaries in treating pain for your patients. Pain management is a huge topic these days for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. As one who has personally broken ribs in the past and felt the relief a Lortab provides and as one who suffered from a nasty case of influenza as a child and was comforted by codeine-containing cough syrup, I understand that opioids have a valid place in medicine. But, as a nurse practitioner practicing amidst an opioid crisis, I also feel immense pressure to stray from prescribing these drugs. 

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Volunteering? Medical Missions Organizations to Consider

Participating in a medical mission trip as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant is much more than an opportunity to boost your resume. Done right, medical mission trips play a key role in strengthening societies and bridging the gaps in socioeconomic divides. Whether it’s with a big name organization or aboard a floating hospital ship, medical volunteerism is an excellent way to make a difference in the lives of the individuals it serves, bringing healthcare to impoverished nations who wouldn’t otherwise receive medical care. 

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Can You Afford to Start Your Own Practice?

Earlier this year, we did a series on nurse practitioner entrepreneurs here on MidlevelU. These NP's insights into business ownership and the stories of how they started their own practices were very enlightening. In talking with NP entrepreneurs, one common thread wove through many of their stories. Finances. 

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The Next Frontier for NPs & PAs: Specialty Practice Models

Nashville, TN where I live and work is a healthcare hub. With a number of large national healthcare corporations in the city along with several major hospitals, there's an interesting mix of business + medical practice. It's always interesting to be exposed to the larger business side of the healthcare community rather than just the patient-facing side I see in my day to day practice as a nurse practitioner. 

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The NP & PA's Guide to Volunteering at Music Festivals

If you’re a nurse practitioner or physician assistant who enjoys attending concerts and music festivals, then signing up as an event healthcare provider may be just the opportunity you’re looking for. Not only is it a great way to get an all-access pass for a festival you’ve been dying to go to, but it’s a unique way to practice your clinical skills in a very cool, nontraditional environment. 

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Road Test: Apple Watch Bands for Healthcare Providers

I was hesitant to adopt the Apple watch craze. I doubted the utility of the device. I'm not normally a watch wearer and speculated that I would purchase the watch only to find it collecting dust on my nightstand. But, I was wrong. I received an Apple watch for Christmas this past year and am absolutely loving it, particularly as wearing the watch is helpful at work. No, this isn't a sponsored post, I've really just become a fan! 

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Physician Assistants Earn the Most in These Cities

Salary is naturally a consideration for physician assistants deciding where to put down roots. Some geographic locations boast significantly higher salaries than others. Whether as a result of scope of practice regulations, a supply and demand mismatch, or a local preference for physician assistants over other healthcare professionals, some cities pay physician assistants top salaries.

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NPs in Canada Can Now Prescribe Pharmaceutical Heroin

In response to it’s growing national opioid crisis, nurse practitioners in Canada have recently been given authority under an amendment to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) to prescribe pharmaceutical grade heroin to their patients, as well as have been given authority to more easily prescribe methadone. 

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6 Lessons Learned as a New Working Mom

A month-by-month summary

I strive to make MidlevelU a well-rounded resource for nurse practitioners and physician assistants and 6 months ago motherhood suddenly became a game-changing part of my life. So, I thought I would share a little bit about my experience. The transition has actually been much easier than I anticipated but new challenges do crop up with each new phase of my son's life. So, if you're a new mom or parent-to-be, here are a few takeaways from my experience so far that I hope will help you dive in to life as a working parent

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A Blogger's Tip Takes Down Silicon Valley Healthcare All-Star

There's never a dull moment in the healthcare world. While our lives as NPs and PAs may seem pretty routine, the industry we've chosen to work in is always changing. My husband also works in healthcare on the business side of things so in our household we like to keep track of the latest and greatest in the industry. One shining star we once followed has recently become more like a black hole. 

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