Showing posts from: January 2018

Which Flu Patients Need Antiviral Meds?

I didn't originally intend on making it viral syndrome week here on MidlevelU, but given the season it seemed appropriate. After my shift the other day in the emergency department, I felt the need for an influenza brush-up. So, I'm passing on the relevant and lesser known tidbits to other nurse practitioners who could also use a refresher. Yesterday, we looked at influenza testing and its accuracy (see 5 Lesser Known Facts to Help Make a Flu Diagnosis). Today, we'll take the next step in the patient care process and look at treatment. 

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Top 10 Reasons to Apply for MidlevelU's NP Residency

What will you do when you graduate from your nurse practitioner program? If you've already graduated, have you taken the leap into your next career step, finding a job? Completing NP school is a time of excitement and promise but also one of anxiety and chaos. What next steps do you need to take to get licensed? Do you have the clinical skills required to succeed? As a new nurse practitioner, I had many of the same thoughts. And, well, I struggled in my first job out of school which was the motivation behind starting Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). 

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5 Lesser-Known Facts to Help Make a Flu Diagnosis

How accurate is the flu swab? Can I just use clinical intuition? And more...

I'm still crossing my fingers that the last shift I worked in the ER won't leave me sick with the flu. It seems like every other patient I saw tested positive for influenza A. As nurse practitioners this time of year, in many settings we're bombarded by sick patients. While we can't do much for viral syndromes in most cases, there are some general guidelines we must abide by and helpful information to know that impacts diagnosis. 

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What NPs Need to Know About Treating RSV

Cold and flu season if definitely here! In addition to the seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus (commonly referred to as RSV) is another prevalent and highly contagious virus that can affect patients of all ages through the fall and spring months. Nurse practitioners can expect to see these patients in their practices this season. In most older children and adults who are generally healthy, RSV causes mild, cold-like symptoms which typically resolve on their own within a few weeks. But for some patients, RSV can be serious and in some cases, life threatening.

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F.A.Q. About Our (First Ever!) Continuing Education Conference

Hey, hey it's Thursday! I hope your week is going fabulously and that you've got some exciting weekend plans to look forward to. Today, I wanted to share some exciting news for those of you who could use a little boost to make it through the rest of the week - we're having a MidlevelU continuing education conference in Nashville! Yes, if you haven't heard, we've got some great programming in store and can't wait to meet you all in TN this March.

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How to Become a Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur in 7 Exciting Steps

Entrepreneurial nurse practitioners often reach out to me asking how I started MidlevelU and I'm happy to share my story. Businesses get started in all different ways, but there are a few standard steps entrepreneurs usually take to get an idea off the ground. I took these in an informal sense to launch MidlevelU. Whether you're interested in opening your own clinic or starting a preceptor matching service, here's how to get moving.

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Does Working in an Independent Practice State Really Affect Your NP Job?

I've had several nurse practitioners tell me they will only work in independent practice states. That is, states whose scope of practice laws don't require nurse practitioners to be supervised by or collaborate with a physician. While I understand the position of these NPs, they are capable of treating patients without oversight, I have to wonder - does working in an independent practice state actually change what a nurse practitioner's day-to-day job looks like?

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Why Some RNs Should Expect Lower Salaries as NPs

Earlier today, I reviewed stats showing that nurses can expect to earn substantially more on average by advancing their careers. Depending on specialty, nurse practitioners earn $36,000 to $40,000 more than their RN counterparts...with a few caveats.

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How Much More Can Nurses Earn as Nurse Practitioners?

If you're thinking about going back to school to become a nurse practitioner, salary is obviously part of your decision making process. Do the dollars and cents add up when is comes to the time and expense required to enter a new career path? Nurses earn a good living and so before returning to school you'll want to make sure the numbers crunch favorably. 

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Can Your Employer Make You Get a Flu Shot?

Throughout the months of October through February, nurse practitioners spend much of their shift treating countless numbers of influenza cases, as patients flock to the clinic in the hopes that there’s still an opportunity to lessen their misery with an antiviral prescription. 

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These Psych NP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

If you're thinking about going back to school to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, there's a lot to consider as you make decisions about your education. Program flexibility, cost, and curriculum all factor in to selecting the best school for your needs. Aside from these more obvious factors, we also suggest prospective nurse practitioners look at the way schools structure clinical placements as well as at the success rate of the program's grads on the national nurse practitioner certification exam. 

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8 Brainy Study Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

As a nurse practitioner student, I would often create my own study mnemonics. My efforts were met with varied rates of success. At times, my attempts resulted in such hair-brained sentences that I couldn't recall the mnemonic itself come test time, much less what it's words represented. Ultimately, I opted for tried and true memory tools recommended by instructors and other students. Final exams are just around the corner, so if you're a nurse practitioner student consider adding the following neurology mnemonics to your test taking strategy. 

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