Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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F.A.Q About Signing Death Certificates as a NP

The first time a death certificate appears on your desk as a nurse practitioner is a nerve wracking moment. Are you allowed to sign death certificates as an NP? If so, what if you are unsure of the cause of death? What's the liability involved with signing a death certificate? Naturally, there's a lot of confusion and concern among nurse practitioners when it comes to signing death certificates so today we're addressing some F.A.Q. to clear up the confusion. 

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5 CYA Charting Tips from a Malpractice Attorney

Two weeks ago at our Midlevels for the Medically Underserved kickoff, we had a panel of attorneys share advice for nurse practitioners related to medical malpractice. As NPs, medical malpractice is something we must be aware of. We're all human and we all make mistakes. Even those of us who practice error-free are bound to have a patient with a negative health outcome from time to time given the undeniable fact that health naturally decompensates over the course of a lifetime. 

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Second Jobs? Side Hustles? What NPs Need to Know

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney 

Moonlighting. Daylighting. Side Hustle. No matter how you describe it, second jobs or passions turned profits are common among nurse practitioners. Given the unique work hours of many NPs, you may have downtime that can be used to pick up nursing work for another health care provider, or, as is becoming more and more common, to pursue an entirely different career. Before signing on for a second job or promoting your Etsy shop among co-workers and on social media, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Do You Need Your Own Medical Malpractice Insurance?

While none of us as nurse practitioners intentionally messes up, the reality is that our role comes with a high level of responsibility. Misjudgments or mishaps can potentially lead to harm. Failure to document decision making can come back to bite you. So, as healthcare providers, we protect ourselves by purchasing liability coverage. Most often, such coverage is purchased for us by our employers. Lately, I have received a number of questions from nurse practitioners asking if they need to purchase their own supplemental policies as well. 

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How Many Nurse Practitioners Can a Physician Supervise?

Not all states require that nurse practitioners "collaborate with" or are "supervised by" physicians. While 33 states and DC allow nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat patients autonomously, 18 states still require physician oversight for nurse practitioners to engage in patient care. In addition to this overarching oversight requirement, most states include a handful of additional stipulations as to what this oversight looks like. One of these limitations can be the number of nurse practitioners that a physician is allowed to supervise or collaborate with at one time. 

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Compensation Concerns: How Do You Know if Your Job Offer is Fair?

When a NP or PA receives a job offer, there are many aspects of the employment relationship that must be carefully analyzed. But let’s be honest, compensation is always at the top of everyone’s mind. In fact, it’s not uncommon for job candidates to flip through the beginning of their offered contract, and get right to the payment section to see what has been offered. And we don’t blame you! Beyond the initial excitement and curiosity about compensation, a common fear we hear from many of our clients is: “I don’t want to sound greedy, but do you think this employer has offered me a fair compensation structure? Are they offering me enough?”

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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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How Nurse Practitioners Can Get Their Personal Contact Info Offline

A nurse practitioner I spoke with recently had a question about her NPI number. So, she searched online for her name + NPI. She was appalled to find that her personal address and cell phone were listed, plainly visible and available to the public, along with her NPI number and license numbers. 

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