Showing posts relating to: The Lifestyle: My NP Life

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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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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How to Become a Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur in 7 Exciting Steps

Entrepreneurial nurse practitioners often reach out to me asking how I started MidlevelU and I'm happy to share my story. Businesses get started in all different ways, but there are a few standard steps entrepreneurs usually take to get an idea off the ground. I took these in an informal sense to launch MidlevelU. Whether you're interested in opening your own clinic or starting a preceptor matching service, here's how to get moving.

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My Best Advice for Anxiety-Filled New Grad NPs

New grad nurse practitioner life is no joke. Even if you've worked as a nurse for many years, you're taking on a new role with significantly more responsibility as an NP. Now, you're responsible for diagnosing and creating a treatment plan, in some cases working almost autonomously. For new nurse practitioners, this can be an anxiety provoking experience. 

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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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