Showing posts from: November 2017

Prepare for a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview in 7 Easy Steps

When you’re on the hunt for a nurse practitioner job, crafting the perfect cover letter and submitting your resume for suitable positions is only half the battle in landing your next career opportunity. Acing the job interview is where the rubber meets the road and your opportunity to put a face to your application. 

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What are PECARN Rules? Hint: They Don't Involve Nuts

Deciding when to order a CT scan in the case of a head injury can be a frustrating process. Yes, the likelihood of a serious finding is often low, but do you really want to be wrong when it comes to a head injury? Absolutely not- the stakes are too high. In kids, the CT decision becomes an even riskier process. Ordering a CT scan unnecessarily increases risk of radiation-related malignancy later in life. Enter the PECARN rules. 

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Real-Life Tips from First Day Mistakes in My New Nurse Practitioner Job

Perfectly content with my workload, and always borderline over-committed, I wasn't looking for a new nurse practitioner job. Until, that is, the former medical director of the emergency department where I work sent an email asking for help in his new facility. Intrigued by the opportunity to work somewhere new, and attracted to the possibility of again practicing with someone who had been instrumental in training me to be the NP I am today, I accepted the job. 

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Did You Miss the Live MMU Info Session?

Watch the recording to learn more about this residency-like program for NPs and PAs

If you missed yesterday's live Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info session, no problem. We're posting a video of the meeting so you don't miss out on learning more about this learning experience of a lifetime for new nurse practitioners. 

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5 Tips for Handling a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview at a Restaurant

The final interview for my first nurse practitioner job occurred in a restaurant. I met the physician interviewing me at the clinic and she suggested we go to lunch. You can imagine my surprise when she told me she had driving her Harley motorcycle to work that day so I would need to drive us to our destination. Thankfully my old Jeep (think NP student budget) was somewhat clean. 

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Happy Nurse Practitioner Week + Giveaway!

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week! It's time to celebrate the hard work we put into our careers as NPs an reflect back on our professional accomplishments. As NPs, we are an integral part of our healthcare system, especially as a shortage of physicians presents itself. For nurse practitioners, this means an increasing role and responsibility for patient care, one we have and continue to step up to fill. So, pat yourself on the back today if you're a practicing or aspiring NP. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 11.10.17

Happy Veteran's Day weekend! What do you have in store for the next few days? The crisp fall weather paired with sunshine here in Nashville has me motivated to work on a few projects around the house. I'm in to-do list checkoff mode right now and plan to make some significant progress on my tasks. Paired with a social engagement or two, I think a pretty good Saturday is in store. If you could use some reading material to make it through to the weekend, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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5 Foolproof Steps to Enjoying Your Nurse Practitioner Career

My first year as a nurse practitioner, I had some doubts about my career path. Anxious about the skills I needed to acquire to excel on the job, lacking confidence as a new graduate, and frustrated with my employer, there were a lot of factors causing me to question my decision to become an NP. Was this really the right job and ultimately career trajectory for me?

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3 Things You'll Learn at 'What's Up with Primary Care Emergencies?!'

It's almost mid-November and with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I also get the feeling that the year is winding down. Once Thanksgiving week comes, the holiday season takes over and it's all I can do to squeeze in work, shopping, social engagements and all that comes with Christmas time. But, before holiday madness and distractions take over, I plan to get a few productive works weeks in and do some planning to get myself organized in preparation for 2018. 

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Essential NP Residency Info: Live MMU Q&A

Are you nervous about your first job after NP school? If you find yourself with a little anxiety about your upcoming nurse practitioner graduation, you're not alone. New NPs face a lot of challenges. Where will you find a job? Or, will you be able to find a job? Once you do land employment, will you have the support you need in your first position? There's a lot of learning to do as a new nurse practitioner and finding a position that's supportive of you in your inexperience is essential.

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What's the Primary Care NP's Role in Managing CKD Patients?

Some of the nurse practitioners participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved recently let me know that they see a lot of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Whether these patients are presenting for management of CKD itself or another issue, management and treatment of patients with such chronic comorbidities can be complex. Prescribing, for example, reaches a new level of complexity as the NP must decide which medications and at what doses and intervals are appropriate for the CKD patient. 

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The Myth of Health Coaching in Primary Care

I recently talked with a new grad nurse practitioner who shared some frustrations with me about her first NP job. As a family nurse practitioner, she envisioned herself talking with patients about their health status, counseling them about diet and exercise, and ultimately making an impact on her patient's overall health. Instead, she finds herself crunched for time, managing long medication lists, and ordering an endless string of labs. 

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