Are Nurse Practitioners Legally Obligated to Report Domestic Violence?

Are nurse practitioners obligated to report domestic violence? This is a question I haven't asked myself enough over the past few years. Working in the emergency department we have an on-site police officer on the floor at all times. Any time a suspected case of violence or assault comes through the doors, the officer takes a report. Reporting domestic violence, however, is a touchy subject. Some argue it may even do more harm than good. 

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6 FNP Skills Required to Earn Above $100K

Yeah, yeah, first year family nurse practitioners who have landed six-figure salary jobs immediately after graduation do exist. Barely. The majority of FNPs, however, earn less than the $100K mark. Salaries for nurse practitioners are on the rise, but extra effort is required for FNPs looking to cross the coveted six-figure salary echelon. If you are a family nurse practitioner, honing the following skills just might get you a significant salary bump. 

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Sail the High Seas as a Cruise Ship Nurse

Combining your love of travel with your love for nursing and jetting off to another country to live and work can be a little intimidating. Not only will you have to apply for a nursing license and a Visa, but you’ll have to adapt to another country’s customs and learn their medical system. The entire process can leave you feeling a little anxious about whether it's the right move for you, personally and professionally. But, it can be an amazing adventure! If you’re not tied down by many responsibilities in the states, consider embarking as a nurse on board a cruise ship.

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The TED Talk Every New Grad Nurse Practitioner Must Watch

How are you sitting right now? Are you hunched over a laptop, your spine taking on curvatures matched only by 80-year-old women? Are your arms crossed or upward, hands resting behind your ears? Better yet, how did you sit during your last job interview?

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F.A.Q.s About Becoming an Emergency Nurse Practitioner

As a nurse practitioner in the emergency department I get asked a lot of questions about my job and my career path because, well, my job is pretty sweet. Yes, it is a job. But, when it comes to working, life as an ER NP is a pretty good gig. There is a lot of confusion in the nurse practitioner community about how to land a position working in the emergency department and what this process looks like. So, today I'll address some frequently asked questions to help clarify the confusion. 

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How to Explain a Nurse Practitioner Employment Gap with Ease

Employment gaps happen. And, they don't look good. You may have worked for a clinic that went out of business, leaving you without work. Or, you may have taken a break from your nurse practitioner career to start a family and are looking to reenter the workforce. Poor performance may have gotten you kicked out the door of your last job, and, ready to reform your ways, you are hitting the job search circuit. Whether your career hiatus is for a legitimate, or potentially concerning reason, how do you get employers to give your resume a second look despite a gap on your resume?

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6 Reasons Your NP Job Search Went Radio Silent

To the techies in the crowd, the term radio silent may signify a "status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area are asked to stop transmitting for safety or security reasons". To single guys and gals, the term may describe the status of your relationship with the person with whom you were last Tindering. If you're a nurse practitioner, it's entirely possible that the term 'radio silent' best describes your job search (or maybe your job search and your last dating relationship?). Why aren't employers calling you back?

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How Long Will You Feel Overwhelmed as a New Grad Nurse Practitioner?

Does new grad nurse practitioner life have you feeling frantic? Overwhelmed? Stressed out? Doubting your career decision? No matter the number of years you have worked as a nurse, or the caliber of the NP program you attended, it's inevitable that you'll experience these feelings as you begin your nurse practitioner career. You may even feel this way as a more experienced NP in a new setting. When can you expect to feel ease in your new role?

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7 Tips to Save Nurse Practitioners From Interpretation Disaster

Patient speaks. Interpreter speaks. Nurse practitioner speaks. Interpreter speaks. Repeat. The process of providing patient care through an interpreter seems simple enough, right? A closer look at the data, however, shows that this approach often leaves patients in the dark and providers exposed to malpractice liability.

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4 Valuable Lessons Learned by Working in a NP Job You Hate

Have you ever worked as a nurse practitioner in a position that, let's say, 'built character'? I'll be honest. Having a professional career isn't always the ladder-climbing dream many people make it out to be. Medical practices and hospitals are often mismanaged. Coworkers are annoying. And, well, maybe you just aren't a great fit for the specialty where you've established yourself as an NP. If your collaborating physician is a total jerk, your practice is falling apart at the seams, or you just can't face writing another unnecessary prescription for a Z-Pack, take five before you throw in the towel. Your not-so-ideal job may be totally worth it. 

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