Showing posts from: August 2017

A Pharmacist's Top Drug Resource Recommendations for NPs & PAs

This week, nurse practitioners in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class sat in on a presentation from pharmacist Dr. Jon Pouliot about medication interactions in the primary care setting. With so many of our patients taking multiple medications, it can be tough as NPs and PAs to keep track of interaction considerations, as well as drug side effects and dosages. So, helpfully, Dr. Pouliot ended the presentation by suggesting a few practical resources nurse practitioners and physician assistants can use for prescribing. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 8.25.17

Happy Friday! How was your week? It was a bit of a strange week here in Nashville with seemingly the entire city shutting down on Monday for eclipse 2017. Directly in the path of maximal eclipse effect, we experienced nearly two minutes of "totality" here in TN. I, however, was viewing the phenomenon in seemingly the only cloud-covered area of the city. Still, it was a fun event and a good excuse to take an afternoon off. Although the week was a short one, I'm ready for some RR this weekend. 

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What’s the Difference Between NP and PA Certification Exams?

I work with a number of physician assistants in the emergency department. We function in the same capacity, our employer not making a nurse practitioner vs. physician assistant distinction. Although our work looks the same, I have noticed a few differences between myself, an NP, and my PA colleagues. From time to time, for example, the physician assistants I work with take time off to attend board review conferences and study for recertification. As an NP, however, I am not required to take a test to re-certify. In what ways do NP and PA certification differ?

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How to Bounce Back from Failing Your NP Certification Exam

If you're a recent or soon-to-be nurse practitioner grad, your certification exam is likely front and center in your mind. Not only are you wrapping up papers, projects and cramming for finals, you're also perusing review books, flashcards and completing hundreds of practice exam questions. But, what happens when all your hard work falls flat?

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5 Really Dumb Things for NPs to Put in an Email

I love email. The convenience of written correspondence cannot be overstated. I'm able to communicate with anyone, anytime and anywhere. When something comes up, I simply make my point in writing, fire off the message, and get said issue, concern, or item off my mind. As a millennial, I far prefer to communicate over email than by phone. I'm better with words and the internet than conversation in person. Despite it's efficiencies, however, there are just some times when nurse practitioners should avoid hitting the 'send' button. 

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A Back to School Scrubs Giveaway!

Going back to school always feels a lot like the New Year: it’s a chance to hit the reset button, to take all that you’ve learned and commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to make this your most amazing year yet!

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Registration is Open! Emergencies in Primary Care CE Conference

Your ticket to MidlevelU's continuing education conference for NPs & PAs

We are so, so, so excited here at MidlevelU HQ today. Yes, it is Friday. But that's not the reason. Rather, we've officially opened registration to our first ever, live continuing education conference. Yes, that's right, this coming March you can connect with MidlevelU in-person, not to mention master helpful content about acute and emergent problems nurse practitioners and physician assistants encounter in the primary care and outpatient settings. 

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Apps That Help Nurse Practitioner Students Succeed

For nurse practitioner students, there is a lot to keep track of. From course lectures, to research papers, study blocks, and clinical rotations, tackling the semester and feeling confident in your performance throughout your program can feel insurmountable. Being prepared for your classes with the right tools on hand is critical to your success and fortunately, there’s an app for that! Here are eight applications to help you succeed in your nurse practitioner program this semester.

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Employee vs. Contractor - What's the Difference for NPs?

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP®

There are many things to consider when deciding on a new nurse practitioner job-location, work culture, and schedule requirements, for starters. And another important consideration for most all of us is-money! When it comes to money, understanding the difference between being a nurse practitioner paid as an employee versus an independent contractor (IC) is critical.

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Decoding Nurse Practitioner Specialty Grey Areas

How do you choose the right specialty?

Even if you're confident in the setting in which you plan to work, choosing a nurse practitioner specialty is a major gray area. There's significant overlap between broader NP specialties, which can be confusing for students planning to further their nursing education. If you want to work as a hospitalist nurse practitioner, for example, should you choose the family, acute care, or adult NP specialty? If your dream is to work in the emergency department, is family or acute care the right path towards achieving your dreams?

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Where are Physician Assistant Salaries Decreasing?

Over the past several weeks here on MidlevelU, we've been looking at the latest salary trends for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Depending on the location where you practice, compensation can vary significantly if you're an NP or PA. Cost of living, the job market and scope of practice laws in your state are just a few of the factors affecting pay. Last week we checked out states where physician assistant salaries have increased more than $10K. But, where is compensation for PAs decreasing?

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How to Build Your Nurse Practitioner Professional Network

For nurse practitioners, building a professional network can seem insignificant. As a matter of fact, you may even believe you dodged the networking bullet by choosing a profession in healthcare. Business lunches and happy hour mixers - who has time for those?! However professional networking shouldn’t be overlooked by NPs who value their careers and have aspirations to continue advancing in their profession. 

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