Curbing Defensive Medical Practice: How NP's Can Make a Change

Earlier this week I discussed defensive medicine, you know, ordering extra tests or additional procedures to protect yourself as a provider from lawsuit rather than based on medical necessity.  Consciously or subconsciously, we all practice defensively, at least from time to time.  Unfortunately, protecting yourself legally comes at a cost.  How can we as nurse practitioners change the defensive tactics in our practice?

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How Do You Prioritize in Your NP Program?

Making time for all of your commitments, from work and family to paper-writing and projects in your nurse practitioner program is tough.  Yes, you could turn in a much more thorough paper, but it would have meant sacrificing time with your kids.  Sure, you could have studied a few flashcards for the big test discretely during your clinical hours this week but you would have missed out on the hands-on learning experience.  Which things are most important to focus on in your nurse practitioner program?

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Emergency Nurse Practitioner Job Opportunities!

If you've poked around the MidlevelU blog for any length of time, you probably know that I am an Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner.  You also know that I love my job.  I relish the odd hours and resulting flexibility, the challenge of multitasking, the constant intellectual stimulation and close relationships with my colleagues.  Not to mention, ER NP's are paid well above average(!).

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Defensive Medicine: Do You Practice in Fear of Lawsuit?

As nurse practitioners, we certainly practice at risk of being sued.  Between personal injury attorneys advertising on TV and the undeniable truths that everyone makes mistakes and some patients will simply never be satisfied with their care, the risk of lawsuit is real.  How does this risk affect nurse practitioners in their practice?

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On My Nightstand

I haven't published a book review in a while.  Not because I haven't been reading, but rather I have been half-reading a number of books.  So, in leiu of the traditional full-on book review, I bring you a half-book review of the publications I am currently working my way through.  Here's what's on my nightstand.

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Medical Week in Review April 19, 2013

Does anyone else feel like it's been a distressing week?  From the Boston Marathon bombings to the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, not to mention the Ricin poison delivered to multiple senators and President Obama, our country has been reeling with shocking news the past few days.  If you are looking for a lighter read this weekend, check out these happenings in the world of medicine.

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Treating Overdose and Ingestion: A Quick Tutorial

I totally messed up my blogging schedule this month.  My self-created blogging calendar clearly states today I am to write about Poison Prevention Month.  My early morning research, however has revealed that March is the month devoted to poison safety.  Oops.  Working in the ER, overdose is one of my favorite diagnoses to treat so I'm going to review it anyway.

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Need Some Cash? Nurse Practitioner Program Scholarships

You've applied to your nurse practitioner program, received a fat envelope in the mail indicating your acceptance and can't wait to embark on this new life experience.  Immediately following your excitement, worry begins to creep in.  How are you going to pay for your NP education?  

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Looking for Guaranteed Employment? Become a Nurse Practitioner

The economic forecast over the past few years has been hot and cold, up and down.  Unemployment numbers remain under close scrutiny.  How do you make sure you don't fall into the unemployed category in this cool economic climate?  

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15 People Who Had the Biggest Impact on Nursing

Do you ever take a look back at the life events that landed you where you are today?  Do you wonder what might have happened if you had made just one or two different decisions in key moments?  I do.  

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Get the Most Out of Your Nurse Practitioner Job Search with Online Job Boards

By: Kaitlin Olson, HEALTHeCAREERS Network


In our last post, we examined the top five tips for your NP job search.  From packing your resume full of keywords to including career objectives, we offered a wide array of tips to help you power your search for your next career.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Illinois

Known as the "Land of Lincoln", home to the first McDonald's, the Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls and trendy shopping street Michigan AVE, Illinois has a lot to offer.  Except for favorable nurse practitioner scope of practice laws that is.  Illinois falls at the lower end of the spectrum of legislation surrounding nurse practitioners.  What regulations govern NP's in the Prairie State?

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