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Male Nurse Practitioner: Advantage or Disadvantage?

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a prospective nurse practitioner, let's call him Steve.  Steve works in a non-nursing field and is considering a career change- he want's to become a nurse practitioner.  Understandably, he has a few questions before making a drastic career change and spending the time and money to return to school.  One of his questions: "Do you think it is an advantage or disadvantage to be a male nurse practitioner?".

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Robotic Surgery: Buyer Beware?

Robotic surgery is the hot new trend at many hospitals.  Heavily marketed, robotic surgeries promise to decrease bleeding risk, shorten length of hospital stay and decrease pain compared to more traditional laparoscopic surgical procedures.  But do these new operating systems perform as promised?  How should nurse practitioners advise their patients considering robotic surgical procedures?

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Obamacare Update: 'It's All Going to Get Down to Nurse Practitioners'

Yesterday, my father-in-law sent me an e-mail titled 'It's All Going to Get Down to Having Nurses and Nurse Practitioners Do More!'.  After reading the Wall Street Journal article attached to his message, I think he's right.  More importantly, both medical and non-medical academic communities are taking note of nurse practitioner's potential.  

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Wise Consumer Health Month: 4 Ways to Save Your Patients Money

Consistent with true American fashion, I am an expert consumer.  This morning I woke up, rubbed my eyes, stumbled into the kitchen to brew a cup of coffee and promptly flipped open my laptop and began browsing my favorite home decorating websites in search of the perfect coffee table.  Not even 7am and I am already contemplating a hundreds of dollars purchase.  An annual expense more costly than my dream coffee table for most Americans is medical care.

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Will Master's Prepared NP's Have Equal Opportunity in Job Market After DNP Transition?

The majority of nurse practitioners currently practicing are educated at the master's level.  We hold MSN degrees as this was the standard when we completed our nurse practitioner programs.  The DNP concept was probably being developed in a boardroom somewhere when I began my NP program but the idea had not yet trickled down to a practical level.  When the requirement for a DNP degree to practice as a nurse practitioner is implemented, will master's level nurse practitioners be replaced by more educated NP's?  Will those of us with a simple MSN still be able to find work?

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How Can I Makeover My Career?

By Guest Blogger Kaitlin Olson for HEALTHeCAREERS.com

Take a second look at your job search or career plan.  What is missing?  What could be improved?  As the community manager for healthcare recruitment resource HEALTHeCAREERS.com, I hear from job seekers each day asking for advice on everything from resumes to interview clothes and how to make a necessary career change with limited resources.  

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Do Nurse Practitioners Have High Enough Standards for Cholesterol Monitoring?

In keeping with American Heart Month, I want to explore how nurse practitioners manage their patient's heart health.  When reviewing the Framingham Heart Study, a famous research study continuing for more than 50 years, I realized most nurse practitioners don't have high enough standards for managing their patient's cholesterol levels.

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Could Nurse Practitioners Soon be Treating Their Patients Online?

In the ER where I work, X-Rays and CT scans are read 24 hours-a-day by a radiologist.  Fortunately for the radiologists, those responsible for nighttime readings are located in Hawaii.  This setup provides these specialists with a better schedule (and location!) allowing physicians to avoid the dreaded overnight shift.  This practice has been used for quite some time in specialties where face-to-face patient interaction is typically unnecessary.  But could long-distance medicine become a day-to-day component of your life as a nurse practitioner?

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New 2013 Vaccine Schedules Released

With this year's influenza epidemic splashed across news reels all over the country, vaccines are on the minds of patients and providers.  We are all well aware of the recommendation for an annual flu shot but what about other routinely scheduled vaccinations?  The CDC has just released updated 2013 vaccine schedules for both children and adults.  These new schedules contain a few key changes of which nurse practitioners must be aware. 

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How Can Nurse Practitioners Can Achieve Work-Life Balance?

According to Archives of Internal Medicine, 46% of physicians currently experience at least one aspect of burnout including emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and low personal accomplishment.  I suspect levels of burnout among nurse practitioners are alarmingly similar.  How can we as a nurse practitioners avoid the common problem of career burnout and achieve an agreeable work-life balance?

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Nurse Practitioner Job Opportunity- Army Nurse Corps

This weekend my husband and I saw the acclaimed movie Zero Dark Thirty.  While watching this flick and shoveling greasy popcorn into my mouth, I concluded that a military career could be a great fit for my future.  How cool would it be to combine serving my country with my employment.  Well, I have good news for nurse practitioners like myself.  The Army Nurse Corps offers exciting job opportunities which allow you to work as a nurse practitioner and further your education both at home and across the globe.

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Help Your Patients Store Medical Records Online

All nurse practitioners have been there.  A new patient presents to your clinic, let's say for back pain.  You ask about their medical history and 'Wham' they slam a giant notebook full of medical records dating back to 1983 on the exam table.  "All of my MRI reports are in there", they say "Just look at them and let me know what I need to do about my back".  All you can think about is the dried food (or bodily fluid?) that appears to be crusted on a few of the most visible pages.

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