Showing posts from: July 2016

How I Passed the HESI Exit Exam on the First Try(!)

By Ashley Prince, Nursing Student and MidlevelU Contributor

I dreaded the HESI Exit Exam. DREADED. It was one of the last hurdles I had to jump through to earn my BSN, and my nursing school mandates a minimum score of 900 to pass. I’d heard horror stories of the HESI- students taking three, four attempts to pass, missing the target score by 3 points etc., making me wonder how a 900 was even possible.

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Weekend Wrap Up 7.29.16

It's Friday! What do you have planned for the weekend? I'm heading out of town to hit up the lake with family. I'm looking forward to the fresh air, clear water, and cool evening temperatures. And, of course, the food. Until then, the level of work-related motivation I have resembles the quote in this picture. If you could use a distraction as you wait out the workday, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

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6 Reasons Your NP Job Search Went Radio Silent

To the techies in the crowd, the term radio silent may signify a "status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area are asked to stop transmitting for safety or security reasons". To single guys and gals, the term may describe the status of your relationship with the person with whom you were last Tindering. If you're a nurse practitioner, it's entirely possible that the term 'radio silent' best describes your job search (or maybe your job search and your last dating relationship?). Why aren't employers calling you back?

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Midweek Medical Madness: The Photobomb

Long week so far? Anticipating a weekend family vacation, I am oh so ready for Friday. Somehow, the extra prep required around the house for the getaway, along with cramming all of my ER shifts into the beginning of the week to secure some time off, has me scrambling. So, I thought it might be a good time for a little comic relief. 

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10 Healthcare Documentaries You Have to Watch Right Now

Typically, I prioritize outdoor time in the summer. Whether perched in a chair on my front porch, lounging by the pool, or jogging the path around my neighborhood, I simply love to be outside. Except this month. Temperatures in Tennessee this summer have been stifling, the added humidity makes outdoor activity intolerable. So, I've reverted indoors to the AC. If you find yourself in a similar situation, pass the time on your couch with purpose. We've compiled a list of healthcare documentaries that are educational, emotional, and just plain interesting for nurse practitioners to pass the time. 

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Evaluating Your Nurse Practitioner Benefits Package

It's worth more thank you think...

When I accepted my nurse practitioner position, I paid attention to salary alone. As a young, healthy NP, health insurance plans and premiums didn't weigh on my mind. Aware of the need to start socking away a nest egg, I considered a retirement plan beneficial but certainly not a must. Like myself, I find that many nurse practitioners I talk with are concerned primarily with salary rather than other components of a compensation package. Are we all making a huge mistake?

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Cardiology Round Up

The school year is right around the corner. Classrooms here in Tennessee will be full in a matter of just two weeks. Target and Walmart are fully stocked with #2 pencils and fresh sheets of lined notebook paper. Despite the heat, kids are stocking up on jeans, boots, and jackets for fall. I have always loved the clean slate that comes with the 'Back to School' season. New outfits, notebooks, and the chance to press the reset button on life, are both refreshing and motivating. As an adult, there are far fewer occasions for such a feeling. 

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Pros and Cons of Accelerated Nurse Practitioner Programs

Recently, a MidlevelU reader posted a question on the message board inquiring about my experience in a nurse practitioner bridge program. She noted that, while I have several articles on the topic of programs for students without a background in healthcare, I hadn’t shared much about my personal experience. Guilty as charged. So, today I’ve decided to pull together my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of accelerated programs for NPs, based on my own experiences. 

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The Battle Heats Up Over NP Scope of Practice at the VA

It's no secret that the Veteran's Health Administration has taken some heat lately. In 2014, major problems within the organization's healthcare system were exposed, as United States Armed Forces vets died while waiting for care at a Phoenix, AZ facility. Criticism of healthcare facilities for veterans extended nationwide, leaving administrators scrambling for solutions to the widespread problem. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 7.22.16

Happy Friday! How has your week been? Mine has been busy, busy, busy, here in Nashville prepping for the upcoming Midlevels for the Medically Underserved Kickoff, as well as working in the emergency department. Temperatures here in Tennessee are topping out around the 100 degree mark these days, so seeking refuge indoors with my laptop is a welcome pastime. If you, too, are seeking some relief from the heat, crank up the AC and check out this week's more interesting medical news stories to get you through to the weekend. 

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Why I Chose Nurse Practitioner School Over Medical School

I always imagined I would go to medical school. A biology major, I was on the premed track throughout the majority of my undergrad college experience. As graduation neared, however, I began to question my career path. Was I really passionate enough about medicine to dedicate the next 10 years or so to my studies? Medical school, residency, and a possible fellowship seemed like a daunting commitment. I wasn’t sure, so I decided to look at the other options out there. 

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Summer Medicine: Evaluation & Treatment of Snakebites

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, where snakes are common, but not a health hazard, I rarely think about the possibility of snakebite emergencies. Now, living in Tennessee, things are different. There are a number of venomous snakes indigenous to the United States. Summertime, when outdoor activities, like wading in creeks and working in fields is common, snakes do pose a potentially serious danger. The other day while I was working in the emergency department, a patient arrived with the first serious snakebite we have seen this summer, prompting me to brush up on my envenomation know-how. 

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