Showing posts from: January 2019

How NPs Can Practice in New Zealand

If you’re the world-traveler type, packing up and moving to a foreign country has probably crossed your mind a time or two. As an NP though, the ability to continue your practice abroad with the same autonomy and recognition you receive in the United States is not something you’ll find in many countries throughout the world. In fact, in some places, you may either be deduced to working as more of a nurse’s aide or find you’re better off pursuing another profession altogether. If you can’t stomach the thought of giving up all that you’ve worked so hard to achieve in your NP career, but can’t let go your dream to be an expat either, look no further than the sovereign island nation of New Zealand.

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Are You Making I&D Incisions Correctly?

I’m more familiar than I would like to be with I&Ding abscesses. As a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department, it’s pretty much part of my day-to-day. Whether you’re in family practice, ER, urgent care or even some specialties, chances are you do your fair share of office procedures as well. While most nurse practitioners learn these procedures in school, I do find that many haven’t been trained in some of the finer details of performing them correctly. One such point involves I&Ding in a way that maximizes the probability of a favorable cosmetic outcome. Did you know that there’s a correct or suggested orientation by which you should make incisions?

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Ask Yourself This Question and You'll Get a Raise

In the midst of my New Years resolution making and general getting my life together madness, I picked up a book that proved to be quite helpful in my endeavors. Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy is the perfect gut check to help you uncover the reasons you aren’t getting $&*(^ done and taking a no excuses approach to life and particularly your job.

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Opportunity in New Orleans

This week’s highly anticipated featured residency opportunity is located in New Orleans near the Gulf of Mexico, in the southern tip of beautiful Louisiana. Envision yourself working to improve the health and wellness of your community by providing accessible, affordable, culturally competent, community based primary preventive health care all with the support a new grad really needs. Now, imagine doing so by collaborating with community partners where teamwork with other providers is a must. Sound too good to be true?! Well, just wait because it gets better…

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5 Reasons Your Patient’s INR is Out of Whack

Managing patients on warfarin is tricky not to mention anxiety provoking. Mistakenly increasing the warfarin dose by too much could land your patient in the ICU with a serious bleed or worse. Keeping the dose too low, on the other hand, places your patient at risk for serious complications like stroke. So, how do you win when it comes to managing warfarin?

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Million Dollar Questions that Make Diagnosis and Treatment a Sinch

I've been a nurse practitioner for more than ten years now. My face has a few more wrinkles than when I began practicing, however time has brought a few positive changes to my nurse practitioner life. Fortunately, over the years, I have gained valuable practice experience. Unlike my new grad years, my work is not accompanied by a feeling of being utterly stressed out or overwhelmed. Rather, I feel quite comfortable interacting with patients (new grads, you'll get there, too!). 

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5 Resources for Billing and Coding Ignorant Nurse Practitioners

As nurse practitioners, we spend the majority of time in our education on clinical content. Treating medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are a focus. While clinical skills and know-how are essential to our careers, our education unfortunately neglects other aspects of the profession. Billing and coding is one such area. After all, it's these skills that ensure we're paid appropriately for the work that we do. 

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5 Tips to Avoid Awkwardness When Asking for a Raise

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to ask for raise as a nurse practitioner; your boss would be in tune with your productivity and all of your accomplishments, and reward you for such by their own initiative. But unfortunately, in the real world, that is rarely the case. Instead it’s up to you to take charge and ask for an increase in compensation. 

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4 Written Resources for Lab Interpretation

Our last post talked apps for lab interpretation. While apps are convenient and take up only virtual storage space, we totally side with nurse practitioners who prefer more tangible clinical resources. If you're a book-loving NP, there are a number of helpful references out there to guide you in ordering and interpreting lab studies. Which pack the most punch in the clinical setting?

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NP Residency Opportunity in Oregon

Are you a new (or soon-to-be) nurse practitioner looking for an adventure out West? If you haven’t yet heard of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU), you can think about the program like a residency for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. You match with a facility that is a supportive place to learn and kick off your career while also participating in a didactic curriculum to boost your clinical knowledge. You can learn more about the program here

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What Should NPs Expect in a Performance Review?

Does your employer conduct regularly scheduled performance reviews? Whether you're a nurse practitioner with a meeting on the books to discuss your conduct or you're faced with an impromptu assessment of your latest achievements, a performance review can be downright nerve wracking. Knowing what to expect in such a meeting and coming prepared can help you approach the review with confidence and ease anxiety. Here's what nurse practitioners can expect when a boss requests a meet-up. 

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Ask These 6 Questions Before Agreeing to Call as a Nurse Practitioner

On-call responsibilities can be a major burden as a nurse practitioner (the dread!). They mean bringing work home with you and the obligation to be on duty after hours, on weekends, and even holidays. Although managing patients by phone can be an inconvenience, the way in which this responsibility is delegated within a practice is the make-or-break factor in determining if taking call is reasonable. If your employer or soon-to-be boss is asking you to accept call responsibilities, ask these six questions first. 

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