Showing posts from: February 2018

How Much Does it Cost Your Employer When You Quit?

When you quit your last job, did you think about the implications the move had for your employer? When I departed from my previous nurse practitioner positions, I was ready to leave, STAT. I had held onto the jobs about as long as I could handle, and upon securing new employment could not wait to get out the door. Looking back, my attitude could have been better. And, I should have looked at the transition with a broader perspective. 

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Orthopedic Decision-Making Made Easy for the Ankle and Knee

Earlier this week, I discussed the concept of clinical prediction rules. Essentially, these rules are tools nurse practitioners can use to simplify and increase the accuracy of clinical decision making. If you've ever used Wells Criteria to rule out a DVT for example, you've used a clinical prediction rule. I frequently take advantage of such algorithms in my own nurse practitioner practice as they lend an added level of confidence to my course of diagnosis and treatment. So, today, let's talk about a few of these guidelines as they relate to orthopedics.

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Life for Nurse Practitioners in Guam Just Got Even Better

If Surf, Sand and Sun Wasn't Enough...

As a nurse practitioner, I've long fantasized about taking my career somewhere warm and sunny, or just plain different. NPs enjoy the flexibility to practice all over our country and its territories. Some of these locations prove much friendlier than others when it comes to the logistics of employment. Guam has just joined the group of locations that rank most favorable for NPs. 

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7 Morning Habits to Start Your NP Day Off Right

Do you start your day by hitting the snooze, reluctantly rolling out of bed at the last minute, rushing to get ready, and dashing out of the door feeling frazzled and unkempt? Chances are that if this is your NP life, the rest of your day seeing patients probably goes pretty similarly. How you start your morning sets the precedence for your day ahead. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a morning person in order to start your day working as a nurse practitioner off right. Here are seven morning habits for a successful day ahead.

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How to Find a Job as a New Nurse Practitioner Graduate

Congrats- you've survived your nurse practitioner program. Now it's time to put your education to work. Finding a job as a new NP grad can be a daunting task. It almost feels as if your nursing career has taken a step back as you are once again forced to into newbie status. Your resume doesn't boast any experience to the role for which you are applying and employers seem hesitant to hire. 

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6 Steps to Job Shadowing a Nurse Practitioner Like a Boss

By MidlevelU Intern and Aspiring NP Ashley Prince

If you're like me then you have probably heard that shadowing a nurse practitioner is essential to your graduate school application at least one hundred times. You can also rattle off why it's crucial like a robot. Unfortunately though, it can be difficult to find a nurse practitioner job shadowing opportunity. 

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6 West Coast FNP Programs to Check Out Right Now

From the rocky shores of Washington State to the sandy beaches of SoCal, the West Coast understandably attracts nurse practitioner students from across the country. What's not to like about attending an NP program near the refreshing waters of the Pacific, where outdoor lovers, beach bums, and some of the brightest healthcare minds in the country converge? If you're looking for a family nurse practitioner program on the Left Coast, check out these six standout picks. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Text Patient Care Orders?

Have you ever texted about a patient? In the emergency department where I work, texting can be an easy way to consult with a specialist or send an image of a patient's X-ray, lab results or even chief complaint. But, is this legal? What are the implications of texting about patient care?

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Washington's Teeth and Lincoln's 'Melancholia': Health Problems of U.S. Presidents

The public image of (most of) our nation's leaders is so skillfully upheld that we often think them immune to common medical issues. Did you ever seen Obama smoke in public? Or deliver a televised speech with a nasally voice while suffering from the common cold? I didn't. It turns out that many of our country's leaders have endured some serious health scares, often in secret.

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This Nurse Practitioner Turned Her Love of Travel Into a Business

When she first began her career as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Nancy Dirubbo’s initial goal was not to own her own practice. Now nearly four decades later, she finds herself having owned three successful businesses as an NP entrepreneur, her first of which is now one of the oldest nurse practitioner owned and operated primary care practices in the United States. 

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How to Drop Off a Nurse Practitioner Resume In-Person

Live in a tough nurse practitioner job market? If so, an on-the-ground job search may be in order. What is on-the-ground job search, you say? In tough job markets, nurse practitioners must employ all tactics at their disposal to land a coveted NP position. This includes stepping away from filling out online applications on a laptop and visiting prospective employers in person. 

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4 ‘Extras’ Paying More For Your NP Education Gets You

Is the high tuition price tag of some nurse practitioner programs worth facing steep student loan payments? How does the level of education at pricier universities compare to their less expensive counterparts? Ponying up a significant amount of cash can have added benefits when it comes to your nurse practitioner education. Here’s how. 

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