Showing posts from: June 2016

How Will New Overtime Laws Affect Your Practice?

If you're a nurse practitioner practice owner, you've likely heard about the Department of Labor's new overtime rules. These rules increase the salary threshold for employees eligible to receive overtime pay. Proponents of the new law argue that the DOL's new regulations prevent lower level employees from being taken advantage of by working long hours without fair compensation. Opponents of the ruling argue the new threshold is too high, and that the ruling decreases the number of flexible employment options available to workers, as well as has negative financial and cultural consequences for businesses and employees. 

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Which NP Specialties Have the Highest Malpractice Risk?

Similar to physicians, as healthcare providers, nurse practitioners face the risk of medical malpractice. A missed diagnosis, for example, can have serious consequences for a patient leaving the NP legally liable. There are few studies out there specifically looking at malpractice as it relates to nurse practitioners. The data that does exist, however, is interesting and can give you important insight into your practice. Nurse practitioners working in certain specialties, for example, are more likely to face malpractice lawsuits than others. 

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How Much Paid Time Off Should Nurse Practitioners Expect?

Personally, paid time off (PTO) is a big deal for me as a nurse practitioner. As NPs, our jobs can be demanding and we simply need a break. Not to mention, we often work holidays, weekends, and other odd hours, while professionals in other industries get a break. Vacation days offer nurse practitioners flexibility, and make a significant impact on work-life balance. So, just how many of these precious days should NPs expect?

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Weekend Wrap Up 6.3.16

Have I ever told you all how much I love summertime? It's my jam. From afternoons lounging by the pool to weekend lake trips, or even simply dining al fresco under some twinkle lights, I can't get enough of the outdoors this time of year. The hotter, the better if you ask me. This weekend I'm tagging along on my husband's business trip, joining him in the Golden State. With temperatures in the 90's, I think I'll be doing more pool-dipping than wine tasting this Napa Valley weekend. What are you up to?

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Nursing Student? Just Grin and Bear It. Literally.

By Justine Fischer, Nursing Student and MidlevelU Contributor

Having a rough shift or just a stressful week? With the start of my summer semester in an accelerated nursing program, I definitely am. Always. Have you heard the saying “grin and bear it"? Or, how about, “smiling is contagious”? There is a lot of truth to these cliche sayings. By the end of this post, you will understand how these are applicable to nursing students as well as nurses for lowering stress.

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Comparing Emergency Nurse Practitioner Programs

With the recent creation of a new emergency nurse practitioner certification, emergency NP programs are receiving renewed attention. In the past, students looking to enter emergency medicine as nurse practitioners faced uncertainty. Would a family nurse practitioner or acute care nurse practitioner degree serve an aspiring emergency NP better? The fog is lifting when it comes to the ENP confusion. Currently, eight universities offer emergency NP specific curriculum. More are sure to follow. 

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What is a Collaborative Practice Agreement?

As with most healthcare professions, there is a lot of paperwork that goes along with practicing as a nurse practitioner. NPs must obtain a national certification as well as a state license to practice. In addition, an NPI number, and credentialing paperwork is necessary for nurse practitioners to bill insurers. In some locations, NPs have even more to coordinate as state scope of practice laws require additional documentation to meet practice requirements. One such document is a collaborative practice agreement. 

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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant Salaries by State

As you weigh the physician assistant vs .nurse practitioner career decision (or, if you're just plain curious like me...), a quick salary comparison in the state where you plan to practice can help nail down your profession pick. Some states are more NP friendly while others traditionally favor physician assistants. In most locations, the decision to become either an NP or PA won't make a significant difference when it comes to your wallet. But, in a few it may mean a more than $10K salary difference, on average, each year. Check out this state-by-state comparison of nurse practitioner and physician assistant salaries.

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