Showing posts from: December 2017

Our Top Clinical Resource Picks for the Year

Have you started your countdown yet? Whether you're vigilantly watching the seconds tick by, or sleeping through the New Years transition, the beginning of this season is not only a time to look forward but also one to look back. When it comes to my work as a nurse practitioner, there's nothing I appreciate more than a good resource. So, in the spirit of the New Year, here's a look back at our top picks for clinical resources in 2017. Which were your favorites?

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Best Blog Posts for NP Students of 2017

Happy New Year's Eve! What do you have planned for this evening? With a new baby at home my energy for festivities isn't quite as high as usual, so we plan on a low-key celebration with close friends and family here in Nashville. But, before popping open a bottle of bubbly, I want to continue with the week's blog theme - a look back at 2017. So, without further ado, here are MidlevelU's top blog posts for nurse practitioner students this year. 

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2017's Must-Read Legal Posts for Nurse Practitioners

While thinking about the legal implications of our work as nurse practitioners isn't always enjoyable, it is a necessary part of our profession. From scope of practice to employment issues and medical malpractice, there are a number of ways the law factors in to our careers. Legal reads are pretty popular here at MidlevelU. Here are the top picks this year. 

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This Year's Favorite Posts for New Grad NPs

Yes, it's that time of year again. It's time for "Top 10" and "Best Of" lists memorializing the past year. Here at MidlevelU, we're not ones to miss out on the trend. Yesterday we looked at the top salary posts for nurse practitioners in 2017. Today, we are featuring information for NP new grads. Kicking off your nurse practitioner career isn't easy but these favorite posts from 2017 should help. 

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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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NP Holiday Etiquette: Guidelines for Giving Gifts to Coworkers

Wanting to spread holiday cheer among your coworkers this Christmas is understandable; after all, you do spend quite a bit of time together and you’ve become a bit like a little dysfunctional family. As you near the end of your holiday shopping list, you may find yourself questioning whether or not you should buy something for your closest coworkers. 

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What's the Difference Between Nursing Boards and Nursing Associations?

With over a hundred national nursing associations and boards of nursing throughout the country, it can be a little confusing at times to decipher the difference between the two, especially as they both have significant impacts on the nurse practitioner profession and scope of practice.To put it very simply, Boards of Nursing regulate nursing practice to protect the public. Associations advocate for nurses and the advancement of the profession. 

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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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A Cold Weather Holiday Giveaway!

Layer up this holiday season with a giveaway from Medelita Scrubs & Lab Coats!

Layers are a nurse practitioner's best friend, especially in winter. When you’re bouncing between shifts at the hospital, holiday shopping, and spending time with friends and family, you need to be able to transition easily out of work mode and into off-duty nurse mode. 

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How Difficult is Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Over 50?

A reader recently asked me to address attitudes of employers toward nurse practitioners over 50. This is a topic I have frequently mulled over myself in helping NPs find jobs, particularly after seeing one recruiting firm note specifically on its website that it 'does not work with healthcare providers with more than 20 years experience'. One would think that in the world of medicine and nursing it would seem that more is better when it comes to experience. But, it certainly seems there is a 'sweet spot' where NPs are most employable. What does the job market look like for nurse practitioners over 50?

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