Vintage Medical Artwork We're Head Over Heels For

We've moved! MidlevelU has officially moved into a new office space. The transition has been a positive change - we've got more room that's better suited to our team's growing needs. And, an excuse to redecorate - what more could you ask for?! Staying true to our healthcare roots, we're weaving medical decor into our new digs. In the process of getting our new headquarters in order, we discovered some cool vintage medical posters you might want for your office, too (we did avoid the STI-related selections!). If you could stand to freshen up your office, create a gallery wall with a few of these picks. 

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A Tried and True Method for Creating Your Ideal Life

Talking with a friend this morning, I started thinking about just how much we all balance. Working as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, we've got busy careers with a reasonably high stress level and demanding schedules. In addition, we fit in all that goes on with spouses, kids, extended family and our social lives. Not to mention, its nice to take time away for yourself once in a while. Looking at all of these obligations, how do you fit them all in? Can you really have an ideal life?

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Your Mind Is Not a Microwave

So don't treat your clinical education like it is one

I see a number of posts from nurse practitioners requesting quick fixes. Inquiries like "I accepted a new position in neurology - do you know of any quick brush-up courses?" and "I'm trying to learn medical Spanish - does anyone know of any conferences to attend?". While conferences and other short learning experiences certainly have merit, mastering the various aspects of clinical practice takes much more time and involvement than a one-week continuing education bootcamp. 

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New Series! Approaching Pain Management

From pharmacology to putting your foot down

Raise you hand if you struggle with setting boundaries in treating pain for your patients. Pain management is a huge topic these days for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. As one who has personally broken ribs in the past and felt the relief a Lortab provides and as one who suffered from a nasty case of influenza as a child and was comforted by codeine-containing cough syrup, I understand that opioids have a valid place in medicine. But, as a nurse practitioner practicing amidst an opioid crisis, I also feel immense pressure to stray from prescribing these drugs. 

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Volunteering? Medical Missions Organizations to Consider

Participating in a medical mission trip as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant is much more than an opportunity to boost your resume. Done right, medical mission trips play a key role in strengthening societies and bridging the gaps in socioeconomic divides. Whether it’s with a big name organization or aboard a floating hospital ship, medical volunteerism is an excellent way to make a difference in the lives of the individuals it serves, bringing healthcare to impoverished nations who wouldn’t otherwise receive medical care. 

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The NP & PA's Guide to Volunteering at Music Festivals

If you’re a nurse practitioner or physician assistant who enjoys attending concerts and music festivals, then signing up as an event healthcare provider may be just the opportunity you’re looking for. Not only is it a great way to get an all-access pass for a festival you’ve been dying to go to, but it’s a unique way to practice your clinical skills in a very cool, nontraditional environment. 

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Road Test: Apple Watch Bands for Healthcare Providers

I was hesitant to adopt the Apple watch craze. I doubted the utility of the device. I'm not normally a watch wearer and speculated that I would purchase the watch only to find it collecting dust on my nightstand. But, I was wrong. I received an Apple watch for Christmas this past year and am absolutely loving it, particularly as wearing the watch is helpful at work. No, this isn't a sponsored post, I've really just become a fan! 

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8 Swoon-Worthy CE Conferences for Summer

The promise of summer has a way of carrying you away with thoughts of lounging in a hammock, the sand beneath your toes and a salty breeze blowing through your hair, or perhaps to the mountains where you can finally enjoy the beautiful, serene weather and fresh air without freezing to death. Unlike your days of adolescence however, your responsibilities as an adult don’t stop just because the season have changed. While you may be dreaming of an exciting summer getaway, there are still patients to be seen, bills to be paid, errands to be run and childcare to worry over. On top of everything else, you still have to set aside some time to do your continuing education hours before it’s too late.

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Healthcare Themed Baby Gifts for the New NP Mom

I find myself in that stage of life where my friends and colleagues all seem to be having babies...constantly. For the first child, I tend to gift baby essentials as they're much needed for first time moms. But, what about those friends and colleagues going on baby number two or three? 

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How Can ER Nurse Practitioners Expect to be Paid?

I've worked as an emergency nurse practitioner for nearly ten years now and am employed at three different hospitals. So, I've gotten a pretty well-rounded idea about what to expect as a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department. One big question I get about my job is in regards to salary - how much and in what manner can emergency nurse practitioners expect to be paid?

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