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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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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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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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Canada Invests in Nurse Practitioner Growth

We've covered nurse practitioners in Canada here on MidlevelU in the past. NPs aren't prevalent in our neighboring country up north, however the profession is gaining some traction thanks to a recent budget passed in British Columbia. Health Minister Adrian Dix announced yesterday that the province will fund 200 new positions for nurse practitioners to help increase access to healthcare for British Columbians. 

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Can Your Employer Make You Get a Flu Shot?

Throughout the months of October through February, nurse practitioners spend much of their shift treating countless numbers of influenza cases, as patients flock to the clinic in the hopes that there’s still an opportunity to lessen their misery with an antiviral prescription. 

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4 Reasons You'll See More Guys in Nursing This Year

Last week, the New York Times published an interesting piece on nursing, 'Forget About the Stigma: Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men'. As a nurse practitioner I work with plenty of dudes and am well aware of the advantages of nursing and advanced practice professions, but I was intrigued by the NY Times' take on the matter. The article dove deeper than most and explored a few key reasons nursing can expect an influx of testosterone in the near future. 

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3 Stats that Show NPs are Changing the Primary Care Workforce

I got off on a tangent somehow this morning. In the midst of preparing for a continuing education presentation, my Googling got off track and click, click, click, I landed on an article totally off the topic of ‘prescribing considerations in primary care’. The New England Journal of Medicine’s Rethinking the Primary Care Workforce - An Expanded Role for Nurses shared some compelling statistics about the future of healthcare delivery in our country. Since these stats were interesting enough to divert my attention this morning, I felt compelled to share them. 

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New Study Gives Props to NP and PA Professions

As a seasoned nurse practitioner, I'm pretty confident in my own abilities and in those of my NP and PA colleagues. Yes, there are some big educational differences between nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians, however in practice each of these types of professionals is highly effective in the clinical setting. Regardless, a constant friction between professional groups, particularly those for nurse practitioners and physicians, about the legitimacy of advanced practice professions wears on. 

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What Is MACRA, Anyway?

Just when you though reimbursement couldn't get more complicated...

Most of us as nurse practitioners don't entirely understand how we're paid. Sure, our employer cuts us a check once or twice a month. But, what I'm talking about here isn't wages, rather reimbursement. Our employers must seek reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies for the services we render as NPs. 

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On the Ballot: Healthcare at the Polls 2016

Did you watch last night's presidential debate? I missed most of the spectacle as I was working in the emergency department, but I was able to catch a few snippets here and there. Not only do we all have a civic duty to vote this upcoming November,as nurse practitioners, we have an added stake in the political game. Our careers are significantly affected by political decisions, directly or indirectly, so it's important to know where candidates stand when it comes to healthcare. This election season, there's the choice of president to consider, along with a few important state initiatives on the ballot. What do you as a nurse practitioner need to know as you cast your vote?

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The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Zika in the U.S.

Now that the Zika virus has reared its ugly head here in the United States with cases of local transmission reported in Florida, nurse practitioners must be even more aware of how to treat patients with possible exposure to the virus. This is especially important for NPs caring for pregnant women, and women of childbearing age, as the virus can have devastating effects in pregnancy. What are the latest guidelines in patient care now that Zika transmission has occurred on U.S. soil?

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Oxycontin’s 12-Hour Problem: What NPs Need to Know about Prescribing

The L.A. Times Investigation 

By Healthcare Attorney Alex Scarbrough Fisher

Earlier this summer, the L.A. Times reported on its investigation into Oxycontin, and the results aren’t pretty: the Times found that Oxycontin’s main selling point, that it lasts for 12 hours, is not supported by clinical research. 

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