Showing posts from: April 2018

Should NPs Sell MLM Health and Wellness Products?

With a record breaking 20.5 million people in the United States involved in direct sales in 2016, chances are that you’ve probably been targeted a time or two by a well-meaning Facebook friend who tried to sell you a so-called life changing product from a multi-level marketing company they represent. 

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Can a FNP Work in Psych?

There’s a lot of gray area surrounding specialties for nurse practitioners. Unlike physicians, who study very specific areas of medicine, as NPs our specialties are pretty general. ‘Acute Care’ and ‘Family’ are about as specific as it gets for us in most educational institutions. Instead, we hone our areas in practice on the job with training from an employer.

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Did You Know? The Number of Annual NP Grads has Surpassed MDs

Have you ever wondered how many NPs you’re competing with in the new grad job market? Or, have you considered the rate at which the NP profession is growing compared to that of physician assistants and physicians? If you’re a numbers kind of person, we’ve got a quick look at the data from the NP, PA and MD professions and the why behind these trends. 

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This Book Gives a Whole New Perspective on the Opioid Crisis

Okay, it's admittedly been a long time since I've posted a book review of any kind. I have been reading, I promise. But, with a new baby at home my energy towards reading about health-related topics has substantially decreased over the past several months. Apologies! To make up for it, I've got a fantastic book recommendation for the nurse practitioners and physician assistants out there who would like to get a little bit better understanding of the opioid crisis and its roots. 

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A Key Perspective for NP Students in Clinicals

Last week one of the speakers at our MMU kickoff made an interesting point as part of her presentation. She mentioned that a professor in nurse practitioner school told her that "clinicals are as much about learning what not to do as they are about learning what to do". This stuck with me as it was a perspective I hadn't previously considered. 

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Can Essential Oils Interfere With the Prescriptions You're Writing?

When you take a patient’s history, are you asking what essential oils they may be using in addition to any medications they’re taking? Patients are often under the impression that because essential oils are derived from natural, plant-based substances, they’re a safe alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals and pose little to no health risk. As such they may not feel it’s relevant to disclose it to their healthcare provider unless asked. 

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How Can ER Nurse Practitioners Expect to be Paid?

I've worked as an emergency nurse practitioner for nearly ten years now and am employed at three different hospitals. So, I've gotten a pretty well-rounded idea about what to expect as a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department. One big question I get about my job is in regards to salary - how much and in what manner can emergency nurse practitioners expect to be paid?

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Maternity and Paternity Leave for Nurse Practitioners? What You Need to Know

By Labor and Employment Attorney Jennifer Lankford

Welcoming a new member to your family is an exciting time! Unfortunately, I see all too often how excitement gives way to anxiety as moms and dads to be begin to worry about returning to work after baby.  Once the daycare arrangements are made and a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” lands soundly on the nightstand, the next call is to me – “What maternity leave am I entitled to? 

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How Should You Handle Suspected Drug Use in Coworkers?

Healthcare providers are often considered to be model citizens when it comes to demonstrating healthier habits like lower rates for smoking and higher rates of exercise. Unfortunately though, substance misuse and addiction rates are no different among them than they are for the general population. In fact, according to the Butler Center for Research, healthcare professionals actually have significantly higher levels of opioid abuse and sadly, the rates have continued to grow significantly over the years.

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How Quickly are NPs Required to Complete Patient Charts?

Last week my husband and I risked taking our 4 month old on an international vacation. Fortunately, the little guy was a champ during the flight and our plans went off without a hitch. During our getaway, however, I received a dreaded email titled "Incomplete Patient Chart". If you're a nurse practitioner, you probably know exactly the kind of email I'm talking about. 

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Recap: Nurse Practitioner Residency Info Session

Happy Thursday! The work week is nearly over and here at MidlevelU HQ, we decided to cap off a productive past few days with a live info session covering the ins and outs of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). What exactly is MMU, you ask?

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4 Tax Writeoffs for Physician Assistants

Ugh, I am still procrastinating from filing my taxes this year. The worst part about my lack of initiative when it comes to the task is that I have a CPA. So, filing taxes really only means gathering several documents that have been accumulating dust in my desk over the past 12 months and making a handful of calculations. Yet, somehow the job still seems insurmountable. There is a silver lining, however when it comes to filing taxes as a healthcare provider. Physician assistants, for example may be able to write off several career related expenses reducing overall tax liability. 

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