7 Holiday Gifts Your Coworkers Will Actually Want

A cookie swap can be a great way to ring in the season on-the-job. But, let's be honest - this time of year we already find ourselves over-indulging. And, there may be a coworker or two that you want to do a little something extra for. Coworker gifts tend to fall on the 'junky' side as they're typically on the lower end of the gifting price range. So, if you're a nurse practitioner looking to spread some cheer around the hospital or clinic this year, we've curated a list of gifts your colleagues will actually like. 

Continue reading

7 White Elephant Gifts for Your Clinic's Holiday Party

Is anyone else overwhelmed by the number of holiday events you've already attended this season? Chances are you have a least one obligatory company Christmas party this month. Regardless of if you're a nurse practitioner who turns into the Grinch or Buddy the Elf this time of year, mix and mingling with coworkers outside of the break room can be a fun way to boost clinic morale; but throw a white elephant gift exchange into the mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of an office party! 

Continue reading

A Sneak Peek at My Productivity-Maximizing Calendar

I like to think I'm a pretty efficient person. If there's a hack out there to help get day-to-day jobs done more quickly, I'm on top of it. Now that I'm balancing MidlevelU, clinical practice and motherhood, I find that time is a major commodity. I've got to be hyper-vigilant about how I spend my time or else the day gets away from me and it's difficult to catch up. This newfound time crunch has promted me to fine-tune my productivity skills and schedule. I think I've come up with a pretty good system, so I though I'd share it with you because, well, nurse practitioners are busy people! 

Continue reading

7 International Experiences for Learning Medical Spanish

From the legal requirements of working with non-English speaking patients, to the logistics of working with an interpreter, there's a lot to consider in treating patients from other cultures. While acting as your own interpreter isn't advised unless you are truly fluent, it is helpful to at least understand a few basics of languages commonly spoken by your patients. 

Continue reading

Ask for These Perks if Your Boss Won't Give You a Raise

Working up the nerve to ask for a raiseas a nurse practitioner takes a lot of guts. When you finally do pitch your case to your boss, it can be quite frustrating when the answer is "no". Whatever the reasoning may be, if you have done your research and presented a solid pitch with indisputable facts that show that your compensation is not up to par, it can be tempting to look for employment elsewhere; but don’t plan your exit strategy just yet. 

Continue reading

5 Ways to Take Your Nurse Practitioner Career Abroad

I've got the itch to travel. Okay, I've always got the itch to travel. Whether it be to hike and camp the Grand Canyon or to lounge on the beach in Australia, you can pretty much count me in as a companion if you've got a trip on the books. One career goal of mine would be to work internationally as a nurse practitioner. Not only would this serve as a cool cultural experience, I'd also like to observe and participate in practicing medicine abroad. 

Continue reading

6 Things No One Tells You About Being a New Grad NP

I had a baby this year. It's one of those rock-your-world type of life transitions that makes you think and reprioritize. While it's not exactly the same kind of transition as in one's career, it can lead to the same sort of reorganizing and mental processing. I initially published a version of this post several years ago and revisited it after thinking through all of the transitions 2018 has brought. They have made me empathetic for my new grad nurse practitioner colleagues and reawakened me to the feelings that you all with less experience feel in your initial year of practice. 

Continue reading

Speaking @ Psych Congress Recap

Hey, hey. What have you been up to? This past week I had the opportunity to speak at the annual Psych Congress conference along with Dr. Clay Jackson. I was glad to meet a few of you there in person! I'm not a psychiatric provider so I loved connecting with providers in the specialty and getting a well rounded practice perspective. If there's one thing I noticed, it's that my presentation topic, burnout, is one relevant to providers of all types practicing in all kinds of specialties. If you missed Psych Congress this year, my talk was recapped by Healio's Psychiatric Annals. You can check it out here.

Continue reading

Pumpkin Carving 101 for Nurse Practitioners

My resolve to pass on the bowl full of Halloween candy sitting temptingly at the nurses' station during my overnight shift in the emergency department last night lasted all of about 10 minutes. Who can resist mini Twix at 3am...and Kit Kats...and M&Ms (because you're only going to eat half the bag to keep you awake on your early morning commute home)? 

Continue reading

5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Nurse Practitioners

You obviously can't show up for a Halloween party in your scrubs dressed as a 'doctor' or 'nurse' because that would be totally lame. And, let's be honest, your scrubs are probably contaminated with MRSA. I would also shy away from the sexy Ebola nurse costumes that flooded the Halloween market a few years ago. If you are hoping to embrace your inner science nerd and medical know-how with your disguise this Halloween, check out the following DIY costume ideas.

Continue reading