Studies Show When it Comes to Kids, 'A Little Dirt Never Hurt'

Last week my husband and I were on the way home from Costco when I couldn't stand it any longer and broke into the tub of raspberries we had just purchased.  I began to pick out the most succulent specimens and pop them in my mouth as we made our way home.  "Do you want some?" I asked my husband.  Nah, he responded, "I feel like they are probably dirty".  "A little dirt never hurt!" I exclaimed as I continued to shovel the juicy bits of goodness into my mouth.  But was I correct in my assumption regarding the potential contamination of my tasty treat?

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The Sweet Spot: When Will You Find Your Dream Job As a NP?

A lot of new nurse practitioners are frustrated.  The learning curve associated with being a new grad is steep.  They hear about NP positions offering well into the six-figure salary range but can't seem to land these opportunities.  Many clinics willing to hire recent NP graduates are poorly managed leading to daily job frustration.  Well, I am here to tell you there is a light at the end of the 'new grad' tunnel.  How and when will you find your sweet spot, your ideal NP career opportunity?  Let me tell you my story. 

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Dermatologic Emergencies: 7 Rashes NP's Must Be Able to Identify

Rashes.  So frustrating.  Is your patient presenting with a case of the itchy red bumps as a result of sleeping on an insect infected mattress or are they suffering from a drug reaction?  Can you throw some steroids at these red whelps and hope for the best or are they a sign of something more serious?  Many rashes are benign and easy to treat, but which rashes must you be sure not to miss?  Here are 7 rashes you must be able to identify as they signify an emergent medical condition. 

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Diet Soda: Bad for Your Waistline, Bad for Your Heart?

I love diet soda.  It provides a little 'upper' for the afternoon blah's, pairs perfectly with popcorn at the movies and serves as a refresher during sunny days at the pool.  An ice cold diet soda is the perfect little calorie-free treat.  But are we sacrificing our heart health in order to save a few calories?

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National Primary Care Week

I would like to end the week by saying a big 'Thank You' in celebration of National Primary Care Week to all of the nurse practitioners working in primary care. 

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Hypnosis: Effective for Treatment of Pain?

Sometimes alternative medicine can seem a little whack to those of us most familiar with the typical examen, diagnose and prescribe routine used by most providers.  But just because a practice is unconventional, doesn't mean it is ineffective.  Hypnosis is certainly an out-of-the box method of managing pain, but maybe it works.  

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How Will The Presidential Election Affect Nurse Practitioners?

With the highly anticipated vice-presidential debate tonight (insert Biden joke here regardless of your political affiliation), I feel compelled to discuss how a win from either candidate will affect the nurse practitioner profession.  

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Expired Medications: Are They Effective?

I will be the first to admit that my bathroom closet contains a small pharmacy consisting of expired medications.  From left-over antibiotics (you know you have some too) to a few 'tabs' that remain unused from my husband's root canal, I feel like at some point over the next few years I may need to pop some pills to treat a self-diagnosed UTI or broken pinky finger.  Yes, I know, I am as bad as my patients.  But are these expired medications littering my cupboards safe and effective?

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The NP Career Brings Great Opportunity, But What Are the Challenges?

Although I do love the NP life, it comes with occasional pitfalls.  I have written extensively about the amazing opportunities the nurse practitioner career has brought to my life.  I earn an excellent income, have a flexible schedule and a career where I am constantly learning and challenged.  Like any job however, the nurse practitioner career presents occasional difficulties.  Check out my guest blog post for HEALTHeCAREERS discussing the challenges of the nurse practitioner career.

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7 Pink Products that Help Fight Breast Cancer

There are many ways nurse practitioners can increase awareness and support the breast cancer cause this month, but let's be honest; some of us would love a more creative outlet than handing out pamphlets in our workplaces or verbally encouraging our female patients to keep up to date with their preventative practices.  In order to support you in your quest for a release from the workplace while simultaneously supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let's take a break from the clinic and go shopping!

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Physicians Express Dissatisfaction With Careers, What About NP's?

As a nurse practitioner, I feel like I have it pretty good.  Now that I have a little experience under my belt, my work-life balance has achieved an unprecedented harmony.  I earn an excellent salary but don't take my work home with me once I leave the hospital; I have plenty of time to pursue activities and relationships outside of work.  My stress level is at an all-time low and I can genuinely say my life could not be better.  Studies indicate that physicians, however do not feel the same.

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AAFP Takes a Jab at Nurse Practitioners: Where Do You Stand?

The American Academy of Family Physicians published an inflammatory report last month mocking the nurse practitioner profession.  Citing a lack of education and competence, the AAFP is taking a stand against nurse practitioner's ability to practice independently upholding the physician as the sole professional capable of adequately caring for patients.  Is this a sign of a primary care turf war breaking out?

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