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How to Wear Scrubs When Its Freezing Outside

Baby, it's cold outside! My least favorite part of cold and flu season is not the increased patient volume in the emergency department. Rather, it's the walk from my car to the front door of the hospital. Wearing thin scrubs leaves my legs freezing cold, and drafty indoor hospital temperatures have my fingers so icy I can barely tap out a patient's chart on my keyboard. Dressing for cold weather as a nurse practitioner can certainly be challenging. How do you wear scrubs when it's freezing outside?

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(Moderately) Successful Attempts to Overcome Guilt from a New NP Mom

I'm a whopping 7 weeks in to life as a working mom. I anticipated that balancing my nurse practitioner career with motherhood might present a challenge at times. And, I was right. What I couldn't predict was exactly how I'd feel when I left my baby boy in the morning for work and he looked at me sweetly with those big blue eyes as I handed him over to the babysitter. 

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5 Worth-It Audiobooks for Nurse Practitioners

Have I mentioned to you all before that I love to listen to audiobooks? Frustrated that I lacked the mental energy to read after work for a book club that I'm a part of, I took up listening to novels instead. Now, I 'read' more than ever before. I listen to books while I'm on the treadmill. I catch up on a few chapters on my drive home from work. Audiobooks are one of my latest and greatest new 'lifestyle' finds. 

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Top 10 NP Salary Posts of 2017

It's that time of year again. Yes, it's that awkward week between Christmas and the New Year where we tip-toe the line between being mentally in holiday mode but are technically back at work. I like to use this week as a time to wrap up 2017 projects, clear out my inbox and generally get organized for a fresh 2018 start. I also enjoy taking a look back and reviewing the past year's highlights. So, this week that's where we're headed on MidlevelU. We'll be featuring your favorite posts from 2017. Today, we're starting with our top blog posts about nurse practitioner and physician assistant salaries.

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Insights from My First Two Weeks as a Working NP Mom

I talk to a lot of nurse practitioners or aspiring NPs who are pregnant or at some point in the future plan to have children. Naturally, these parents to-be have questions about how their careers will mesh with family life and what to expect when their little one arrives. Well, I'm excited to say that my very own little bundle of joy, "Whit" arrived on November 19th at a small but healthy 4lbs. 9oz. Here are a few insights from my first weeks as a nurse practitioner mom. 

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Making the Most of Working on Christmas

Admittedly, I'm not working on Christmas this year. I will be with my family enjoying morning cinnamon rolls and eating beef tenderloin for dinner. Mmmm..... But, I have celebrated many a holiday within the walls of an urgent care clinic or the emergency department. Working on holidays, especially the biggies, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, is a pretty big drag. Who wants to celebrate Christmas Eve with an early morning hospital shift hanging over their head?

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Hospital Holiday DIY: The Urinal Christmas Wreath

When I cover the night shift in the emergency department, typically there are a few minutes of downtime around 4am. The evening rush has subsided and the morning craziness yet to begin. Rather than sitting at my desk, perusing Facebook while trying desperately not to fall asleep on the job, during my next shift I plan to tackle a DIY medical decor project - the urinal Christmas wreath. I encourage you to do the same. Need some inspiration? Check out the following photos then hit up the supply closet! 

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7 White Elephant Gifts for Your Clinic's Holiday Party

Whether you love them or hate them, chances are you have a least one obligatory company Christmas party to attend this month. Regardless of if you're a nurse practitioner who turns into the Grinch or Buddy the Elf this time of year, mix and mingling with coworkers outside of the break room can be a fun way to boost clinic morale; but throw a white elephant gift exchange into the mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of an office party! 

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Gifts Your Nurse Practitioner Spouse will Love

Somewhere in between in the hustle and bustle of buying presents for our children, our nieces and nephews, and a $20 gift for our secret Santa at work, our spouse’s gift tends to get pushed to the bottom of our shopping list. Perhaps it’s because unlike children, adults have the luxury of being able to buy something they really want or need any time of year; making them harder to buy for and easier to neglect on the gift-giving totem pole. What thoughtful and practical gift should you get for your nurse practitioner spouse?

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Nursing Board Investigations: A Look at the Legal Process

As a nurse practitioner, you’re probably all too familiar with your state’s Board of Nursing. As a requirement to practice, you took the NCLEX and went through the extensive process of obtaining your RN and/or APRN license before beginning in your nursing practice. If you’re an experienced provider, you know all too well what a hassle it can be to renew your license too. Suffice it to say that dealing with the board of nursing can be a little bit of a nuisance at times. 

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How Can NPs Deal with a Difficult Boss?

Do you have a 'difficult' boss? As a nurse practitioner I've had bosses that are harsh, bosses that give little direction, bosses that are unfair and bosses that are simply amazing. It's almost inevitable that working as an NP you'll have supervisors of all demeanors and managerial skill levels. Some you'll get along with swimmingly, others you won't and most will fall somewhere in between. What do you do when you have conflict with your boss, or just plain don't get along?

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Money-Saving Apps for NP Students on a Budget

With the holiday season upon us, there's one thing most of us are thinking about in addition to festivities and cheer - finances. If you're a nurse practitioner student, the importance of budgeting is heightened. With student loans accruing and the student budget lifestyle ever on your mind, the holidays can be anxiety provoking from an NP student's standpoint. Fortunately, there are a number of apps out there to help nurse practitioner students budget and save those precious dollars. Here are a few of our faves. 

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