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Here's a Unique NP Residency Opportunity in Los Angeles

Are you looking for a nurse practitioner residency out west? Are the beaches and ocean of sunny California calling your name? If Los Angeles seems attractive, we just might have a NP residency opportunity that’s right for you. 

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5 Reasons You Didn't Get the NP Raise You Asked For

Asking for a raise can be an uncomfortable conversation to have. But, if you're a nurse practitioner who thinks you deserve more, taking the initiative to ask is the first step if you truly want to see more dollar signs on your paycheck. So if you’ve bitten the bullet and managed to get through the undoubtedly awkward meeting with your boss, kudos to you! Unfortunately though, no matter how well deserving you thought you were of a raise, your boss may have responded with a resounding "no". 

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Which States Have the Most Male Nurse Practitioners?

The nursing profession has a stereotype of being primarily female. And, well, data shows us that this supposition is valid. When it comes to nurses who have decided to advance their education to become nurse practitioners, however, do these stats hold up? Just how many NPs are female vs. male? The Kaiser Family Foundation collected data as it relates to gender and nurse practitioners state-by-state. Here are their findings related to the percentage of male and female nurse practitioners by geographic location. 

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Webinar: CMP Interpretation in Primary Care

Join us for sample of what you'll learn in our nurse practitioner residency

There's always room for improvement when it comes to lab interpretation skills. I've been a nurse practitioner for 10 years now and realize everyday that there's growth potential in this area. Lab interpretation is also one thing that nurse practitioners participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved tell us they hope to learn as part of the program. 

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7 Questions to Ask about Your State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Do you look patients up on your state's controlled substance monitoring database before writing prescriptions for these medications? I've long been aware of this resource available to nurse practitioners and other prescribers, however I recently learned that there's a lot more to using these databases than most providers are aware of. Did you know that it may be illegal for you to print out the results of an inquiry into the system? Or, for example, that you may be legally obligated to look a patient up in your state's database before writing certain prescriptions?

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5 Foolproof Tactics for Expediting Nurse Practitioner Licensure

Applying for and maintaining state licensure is one of the not-so-fun parts of being a nurse practitioner. But, it's necessary in order to practice. If you're a new grad nurse practitioner or an NP relocating to another state, chances are you're facing the challenge of obtaining a new license to practice. Jumping through these paperwork hoops is not only an inconvenience, it can delay your ability to start working and receiving a paycheck.

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Secrets to Choosing an NP Job You Won't Get Tired Of

When I tell people I work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, the reaction is often something along the lines of "I bet that's exciting!". While I do love my job, the truth is that working even in the emergency setting does lend itself to a routine. The novelty of the ED wears off, there is a pattern even to the kinds of emergencies an NP can expect to encounter in the department. Nurse practitioners enjoy careers packed with variety and opportunity, but like other professionals are subject to the "more of the same" mentality. So, how do you choose a job you won't get tired of?

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Latest Apple Watch Series Takes Health Management to the Next Level

The Apple Watch Series 4 is taking health management to a new level. With powerful sensors, Apple claims it’s newest watch is the ultimate device for patients and their providers. Not only is it capable generating an ECG that is comparable to a single-lead electrocardiogram that could detect early indications of irregularity such as AFib but it also has fall detection and Emergency SOS capabilities, amongst many other health related features.  

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A Quick Guide to Documenting a Cardiovascular Exam

Do you struggle with documentation as a nurse practitioner? Compiling your physical exam findings into a succinct statement or two isn't always easy. You must use language appropriate to the body system to convey your exam so that your notes make sense to other providers. You must also make sure to cover the components of each system relevant to the patient's presentation. If you're a nurse practitioner who could use a documentation brush up, check out this quick guide to documenting a cardiovascular exam. 

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Six Off-Label Uses of Prescription Medications

Do you write off-label prescriptions for your patients? It’s possible that as a provider, you may be doing so without even knowing it. Although drug companies are prohibited from marketing medications for unapproved uses, off-label prescribing has become a common clinical practice amongst providers and it can be especially beneficial for patients who have exhausted all of the other treatment options.

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5 Prescription Pill Services for Your Patients

Online shopping and delivery services have transformed the way we buy goods and services. From furniture and groceries to live ladybugs and wigs for dogs, consumers can buy nearly anything their hearts desire and have it conveniently delivered right to their doorstep later that day. In similar fashion and with the evolve of telemedicine, now consumers can skip the lines at the pharmacy and have their prescription medications delivered to their homes too. This is certainly welcome news for providers who have trouble getting certain patients to adhere to taking the medications they’re prescribing them.

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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. Cymande and her husband Gregg Rogers founded Altum Psychiatric Services about 8 months ago. They have gained valuable knowledge in these early months of their business ownership adventure and Cymande was kind enough to take the time to tell me a little bit about their experience. 

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