Lessons on Opening a Practice From a Successful NP Entrepreneur

I'm always inspired by nurse practitioners who take on the challenge of starting their own practices. The task personally sounds quite daunting to me! So, over the next several weeks we're featuring NP entrepreneurs here on the MidlevelU blog. While starting your own practice is hard work, it is a career adventure that can have benefits - a more flexible lifestyle and higher income to name a few. Dual certified Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Malowitz, founder and owner of Bay Area Quick Care, is one of these success stories, thanks to her perseverance and unmatched work ethic. 

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6 Healthy Habits Even the Busiest NPs Can Achieve

As nurse practitioners one of our main roles is to provide our patients with guidance on how to effectively manage their health through preventative care. We advocate for healthy lifestyle habits. But when it comes to managing our own health, we often find ourselves making compromises. Between working full-time and balancing a home life filled with kids, laundry, grocery shopping and a million other errands to run, practicing what we preach can feel seemingly impossible, leaving us to feel like frauds.

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Are Preceptors Liable for the Actions of Nurse Practitioner Students?

We've all experienced the awkwardness of clinical learning as nurse practitioner students. Mastering the skill set required to work as an NP means practicing on real, live patients even before you are considered proficient at that skill. Anxious, you stutter and sweat as you explain the procedure to the patient, the more experienced eye (hopefully!) of your preceptor looking over your shoulder. 

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6 Reasons Employers Should Hire New Grad Nurse Practitioners

Many employers understandably shy away from hiring new grad nurse practitioners. The amount of teaching a fresh NP may need seems intimidating. Or, the employer may have had a negative experience with hiring new grads in the past. Regardless of the reason for the hesitation, employers may want to reconsider their position. 

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Which States Allow Nurse Practitioners to Prescribe Suboxone?

Nurse practitioners are newly allowed to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone) as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act signed into law by former President Obama. While the Act augments nurse practitioners' scope of practice from a federal standpoint, some states are more limiting in the freedoms they allow NPs. In which states can nurse practitioners actually prescribe Suboxone?

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How to Use Your Medical Assistant Effectively

If there's one thing I've become an expert at since having a baby, it's been getting HELP. I've explored options for outsourcing household chores, work related tasks (did you notice that MidlevelU is hiring!) and am utilizing assistance in my nurse practitioner role at the hospital more than ever. I no longer have the luxury of seemingly unlimited time and energy on my side. While at times this new reality can be frustrating, it has made me decidedly more efficient. I'm making better use of the resources available to me. 

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4 Things Every NP Should Do Before Paying Extra On Student Loans

By Kyle Richert, Financial Advisor

For most nurses, especially those just beginning their careers, debt is the biggest concern. Between student loans, car payments, and credit cards, it can be overwhelming. Rightfully so! Short-term debt can be a destructive force and can greatly affect your wealth building results. It’s also difficult to know where to begin. “Should I save or pay off debt?” “Should I pay down my loans as quickly as possible? Or take my time?”  Things can get confusing. However, knowing when to handle debt is equally as important as not having it.

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Which Flu Patients Need Antiviral Meds?

I didn't originally intend on making it viral syndrome week here on MidlevelU, but given the season it seemed appropriate. After my shift the other day in the emergency department, I felt the need for an influenza brush-up. So, I'm passing on the relevant and lesser known tidbits to other nurse practitioners who could also use a refresher. Yesterday, we looked at influenza testing and its accuracy (see 5 Lesser Known Facts to Help Make a Flu Diagnosis). Today, we'll take the next step in the patient care process and look at treatment. 

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Top 10 Reasons to Apply for MidlevelU's NP Residency

What will you do when you graduate from your nurse practitioner program? If you've already graduated, have you taken the leap into your next career step, finding a job? Completing NP school is a time of excitement and promise but also one of anxiety and chaos. What next steps do you need to take to get licensed? Do you have the clinical skills required to succeed? As a new nurse practitioner, I had many of the same thoughts. And, well, I struggled in my first job out of school which was the motivation behind starting Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). 

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5 Lesser-Known Facts to Help Make a Flu Diagnosis

How accurate is the flu swab? Can I just use clinical intuition? And more...

I'm still crossing my fingers that the last shift I worked in the ER won't leave me sick with the flu. It seems like every other patient I saw tested positive for influenza A. As nurse practitioners this time of year, in many settings we're bombarded by sick patients. While we can't do much for viral syndromes in most cases, there are some general guidelines we must abide by and helpful information to know that impacts diagnosis. 

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What NPs Need to Know About Treating RSV

Cold and flu season if definitely here! In addition to the seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus (commonly referred to as RSV) is another prevalent and highly contagious virus that can affect patients of all ages through the fall and spring months. Nurse practitioners can expect to see these patients in their practices this season. In most older children and adults who are generally healthy, RSV causes mild, cold-like symptoms which typically resolve on their own within a few weeks. But for some patients, RSV can be serious and in some cases, life threatening.

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F.A.Q. About Our (First Ever!) Continuing Education Conference

Hey, hey it's Thursday! I hope your week is going fabulously and that you've got some exciting weekend plans to look forward to. Today, I wanted to share some exciting news for those of you who could use a little boost to make it through the rest of the week - we're having a MidlevelU continuing education conference in Nashville! Yes, if you haven't heard, we've got some great programming in store and can't wait to meet you all in TN this March.

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