Can Your Employer Make You Get a Flu Shot?

Throughout the months of October through February, nurse practitioners spend much of their shift treating countless numbers of influenza cases, as patients flock to the clinic in the hopes that there’s still an opportunity to lessen their misery with an antiviral prescription. 

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How to Wear Scrubs When Its Freezing Outside

Baby, it's cold outside! My least favorite part of cold and flu season is not the increased patient volume in the emergency department. Rather, it's the walk from my car to the front door of the hospital. Wearing thin scrubs leaves my legs freezing cold, and drafty indoor hospital temperatures have my fingers so icy I can barely tap out a patient's chart on my keyboard. Dressing for cold weather as a nurse practitioner can certainly be challenging. How do you wear scrubs when it's freezing outside?

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Congrats! You've Got One of the Best Jobs in the U.S.

There are certainly ups and downs in the nurse practitioner career. From difficult patients to dealing with bodily fluids and administrative snafus (maybe even all in the same day), there's a reason they call it 'work'. Despite these challenges, I truly enjoy my life as an NP. I'm constantly learning, intellectually stimulated, respect my colleagues, and have avoided having a desk job - something my active self couldn't handle. Not to mention, I earn a pretty substantial salary. It turns out that there are others who think like myself and see that nurse practitioners and physician assistants have a pretty good gig. 

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(Moderately) Successful Attempts to Overcome Guilt from a New NP Mom

I'm a whopping 7 weeks in to life as a working mom. I anticipated that balancing my nurse practitioner career with motherhood might present a challenge at times. And, I was right. What I couldn't predict was exactly how I'd feel when I left my baby boy in the morning for work and he looked at me sweetly with those big blue eyes as I handed him over to the babysitter. 

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6 Profitable Side Hustles for Strapped NP Students

How's your 2018 budget looking? If you're a nurse practitioner student, making ends meet financially while keeping your sanity is no easy task. Sure, you could maintain full-time employment as a nurse while you work on your NP degree, but between work, clinicals and classroom time you'll quickly get burned out. You could also take an extended break from employment to focus on your education, but for many nurse practitioner students this isn't an option. So, how can you make some extra cash while still having time for your education when you're in NP school?

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4 Reasons You'll See More Guys in Nursing This Year

Last week, the New York Times published an interesting piece on nursing, 'Forget About the Stigma: Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men'. As a nurse practitioner I work with plenty of dudes and am well aware of the advantages of nursing and advanced practice professions, but I was intrigued by the NY Times' take on the matter. The article dove deeper than most and explored a few key reasons nursing can expect an influx of testosterone in the near future. 

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What the New Tax Bill Means for Nurse Practitioners

Regardless of whether you’ve managed to avoid the headlines completely over the final months of 2017 or not, chances are that by now you are well aware that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump a few days before Christmas. The tax plan will affect taxpayers of every kind and most of the changes have already gone into effect. Just how can nurse practitioners expect to fare under the new legislation?

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5 Worth-It Audiobooks for Nurse Practitioners

Have I mentioned to you all before that I love to listen to audiobooks? Frustrated that I lacked the mental energy to read after work for a book club that I'm a part of, I took up listening to novels instead. Now, I 'read' more than ever before. I listen to books while I'm on the treadmill. I catch up on a few chapters on my drive home from work. Audiobooks are one of my latest and greatest new 'lifestyle' finds. 

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Invite 3 Friends, Attend Our Nashville CE Conference Free!

We've all spent a lot of time with family over the holidays. So, you may be ready for a change of pace - time with friends, perhaps? If you're a nurse practitioner, there's no better way to connect with friends, classmates and colleagues than attending a continuing education event. Last spring, I packed my bags and headed to Chicago to meet a former NP school classmate for a few days packed with clinical presentations and plenty of social time on the side. The getaway not only provided a respite from work but also gave us time to catch up and relax. How do you plan to fulfill your continuing education requirements this year?

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What Do You Want to See on MidlevelU This Year?

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It's officially the first working day of 2018...how are you holding up? I'm having a tough time leaving the house this morning and am not quite ready to hit the office. C'est la vie. It's always difficult to get back in the swing of things after a long holiday break (if you even got one as a nurse or NP), but I have to say I am looking forward to some annual planning and goal setting sessions over the next few days. Which is why I want to hear from you!

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