Showing posts from: August 2018

Drug Interactions: Top 5 High Alert Medications

By Guest Author Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS

Drug interactions are everywhere. They are particularly everywhere if you have chosen to work in geriatrics. Determining clinical significance and risk mitigation is what is really challenging. I primarily practice as a clinical pharmacist in geriatrics and have pulled together a list of medications so that when you see them, you'll be aware of the potential for drug interactions.  

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How the Vicious Cycle of Drug Shortages Happens

Have you run into problems getting your hands on lidocaine or other meds recently? From IV fluids to injectable opioid analgesics, the shortage on critical medications have emergency and operating rooms across the country functioning in a constant state of despair. On nearly a daily basis, healthcare providers are often scrambling to find a way to work around its facilities’ crippling supply of essential drugs. The situation is so dire that in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, many providers are fearful of whether they’d be prepared to handle such a demanding event when they’re already drowning in the day-to-day as it is.

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Cheat Sheet: Normal Physical Exam Template

Documentation serves two very important purposes. First, it keeps you out of jail. Okay, okay, incarceration might not be totally realistic, but there are plenty of scenarios in which your actions as a healthcare provider might be called into question.

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8 Back-to-School Survival Tips for Busy NP Parents

The back-to-school season is once again upon us! In many ways, a new school year is an exciting time for both kids and parents as it presents a fresh, new chapter waiting to be written. After what seemed like an eternal summer, the kids are finally back into a routine and order is once again established in your home. Not to mention, what parent doesn’t love scrolling through Insta, seeing the first day of school photos of their friends’ children? 

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4 Mistakes Experienced Nurse Practitioners Make in a Job Search

If you're an experienced nurse practitioner, you're in luck. Your job search should be much easier than it was as a new grad now that you've got some real-life practice hours under your belt. Not to mention, you likely have professional connections to help with your search. Whether you've been working as an NP for ten months or ten years, your employment outlook is bright.

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What's the Etiquette for Bringing Your Spouse on a NP Job Interview?

Spouse, partner or beau - whatever you call your significant other, once you're seriously paired up, you and your significant other come as a package. While you may think that your spouse has nothing at all to do with your nurse practitioner job search process, in reality accepting a new position is often a joint effort. If you're relocating, you'll need to agree on the place. You may need to coordinate childcare or a commute differently in a new job. Given that accepting a new NP position is a big deal, especially if you're relocating to do so, some employers involve spouses in the job interview process. 

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One Last Summer Read for NPs: Death's Acre

There's a place called the Body Farm in Knoxville, TN just a few short hours from where I live. The Body Farm notoriously houses an assortment of corpses in various stages of decay. Some in the trunks of cars, some laying out in the open Tennessee sun, and others in assorted sets of carefully monitored circumstances - all in the name of science. Naturally, I've always been intrigued by the Body Farm where professionals like forensic scientists and medical examiners learn more about what happens to us after death in the name of solving crimes and medical mysteries. 

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Back to School Clinical Swag Giveaway!

As summer draws to a close, if you're a nurse practitioner student you're likely looking forward to a fresh new start come the new academic school year. Even for those of us who are no longer in a NP program, September is a time to power up, get motivated, and create a game plan to maximize the rest of the year. We’ve teamed up once again with clinician-founded company Medelita for a giveaway that will help you kick off your fall in style, comfort, and peak clinical performance.

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Decoding OTC Cough & Cold Medication Ingredients

Sure, it's only August but subtle signs of fall are here. The air's a bit crisper in the morning. The evenings are getting shorter. And, a sprinkling of crispy leaves has made its way to my lawn. What does this mean for nurse practitioners? Cough, cold and flu season is coming! 

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Trend Watch: Jogger Scrub Bottoms

I fell head over heels for the skinny scrub bottom look last year. Especially the skinny jogger scrub look. But, I was pregnant. In my not-so-skinny, not-so-athletic state I wasn't ready to test out the trend when I first spotted it hitting hospital floors. Now, with a 9-month-old, I'm back in action and mentally and physically prepared to discuss all things healthcare fashion. 

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Tylenol vs. Ibuprofen: Which is Better for Fever?

Ahh, the age-old dilemma. When it comes to fever reduction, which works better - acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen? I treat a lot of patients in the emergency department for fever-causing illnesses and recommend OTC medications on a daily (or more like hourly!) basis. But, when it comes to the exact stats for these medications, it can be difficult to remember to answer patients' F.A.Q. Which is better for fever reduction - acetaminophen or ibuprofen? And, how long does each medication take to kick in?

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Should You Recommend OTC Cough and Cold Meds to Kids?

I've always been slightly confused about exactly which over the counter cough and cold medications I should recommend to my patients. There are just so many products on the market. Which ones actually work? Not to mention, it seems like the guidelines for products marketed to patients, especially in pediatrics, are ever-changing. So, what's a nurse practitioner to do?

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