Can Nurse Practitioners Text Patient Care Orders?

Have you ever texted about a patient? In the emergency department where I work, texting can be an easy way to consult with a specialist or send an image of a patient's X-ray, lab results or even chief complaint. But, is this legal? What are the implications of texting about patient care?

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Washington's Teeth and Lincoln's 'Melancholia': Health Problems of U.S. Presidents

The public image of (most of) our nation's leaders is so skillfully upheld that we often think them immune to common medical issues. Did you ever seen Obama smoke in public? Or deliver a televised speech with a nasally voice while suffering from the common cold? I didn't. It turns out that many of our country's leaders have endured some serious health scares, often in secret.

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This Nurse Practitioner Turned Her Love of Travel Into a Business

When she first began her career as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Nancy Dirubbo’s initial goal was not to own her own practice. Now nearly four decades later, she finds herself having owned three successful businesses as an NP entrepreneur, her first of which is now one of the oldest nurse practitioner owned and operated primary care practices in the United States. 

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How to Drop Off a Nurse Practitioner Resume In-Person

Live in a tough nurse practitioner job market? If so, an on-the-ground job search may be in order. What is on-the-ground job search, you say? In tough job markets, nurse practitioners must employ all tactics at their disposal to land a coveted NP position. This includes stepping away from filling out online applications on a laptop and visiting prospective employers in person. 

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4 ‘Extras’ Paying More For Your NP Education Gets You

Is the high tuition price tag of some nurse practitioner programs worth facing steep student loan payments? How does the level of education at pricier universities compare to their less expensive counterparts? Ponying up a significant amount of cash can have added benefits when it comes to your nurse practitioner education. Here’s how. 

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6 Fun Supplies for NPs Who Spend Too Much Time in the Kitchen

Does anyone else feel like they spend the majority of their time at work or in the kitchen? Between brewing my morning cup-a-Joe, cramming down a quick breakfast, prepping a lunch, whipping up dinner and washing dishes, I've grown to feel like the kitchen is one of my primary locales these days. Now this isn't a problem, I'm actually really fond of cooking and especially fond of eating, but it does mean that I like to keep the place clean and well stocked. 

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Last Chance to Register for Our Nashville CE Conference!

Yes, you should have FOMO...

If you haven't heard (where have you been?!), here at MidlevelU, we're hosting our first ever continuing education conference for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. We can't wait to meet you live and in person! If you haven't registered yet to attend, there are still a few days left to sign up. Don't delay - space is limited. 

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How This FNP Became a Psychiatric Practice Owner

Continuing with our series on nurse practitioner entrepreneurs, this past week I had the opportunity to chat with Family Nurse Practitioner and practice owner Cymande Baxter-Rogers.

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Lessons on Opening a Practice From a Successful NP Entrepreneur

I'm always inspired by nurse practitioners who take on the challenge of starting their own practices. The task personally sounds quite daunting to me! So, over the next several weeks we're featuring NP entrepreneurs here on the MidlevelU blog. While starting your own practice is hard work, it is a career adventure that can have benefits - a more flexible lifestyle and higher income to name a few. Dual certified Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Malowitz, founder and owner of Bay Area Quick Care, is one of these success stories, thanks to her perseverance and unmatched work ethic. 

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6 Healthy Habits Even the Busiest NPs Can Achieve

As nurse practitioners one of our main roles is to provide our patients with guidance on how to effectively manage their health through preventative care. We advocate for healthy lifestyle habits. But when it comes to managing our own health, we often find ourselves making compromises. Between working full-time and balancing a home life filled with kids, laundry, grocery shopping and a million other errands to run, practicing what we preach can feel seemingly impossible, leaving us to feel like frauds.

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Are Preceptors Liable for the Actions of Nurse Practitioner Students?

We've all experienced the awkwardness of clinical learning as nurse practitioner students. Mastering the skill set required to work as an NP means practicing on real, live patients even before you are considered proficient at that skill. Anxious, you stutter and sweat as you explain the procedure to the patient, the more experienced eye (hopefully!) of your preceptor looking over your shoulder. 

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6 Reasons Employers Should Hire New Grad Nurse Practitioners

Many employers understandably shy away from hiring new grad nurse practitioners. The amount of teaching a fresh NP may need seems intimidating. Or, the employer may have had a negative experience with hiring new grads in the past. Regardless of the reason for the hesitation, employers may want to reconsider their position. 

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