Nurse Practitioner Owned Clinics: Pend Oreille Health Care

One of the wonderful things about being a nurse practitioner is that in many states you have the option to practice independently.

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4 Characteristics You Should You Look for In Your First Supervising Physician

I graduated from my nurse practitioner program three years ago.  I still vividly recall my first experiences as a new nurse practitioner graduate.  I was expected to do nearly the same job as the physician I worked with but with many years less schooling.  Welcome to on-the-job lea

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Heart Attack Signs Go Unrecognized in Young Women

As nurse practitioners, we are well aware of the need for prompt diagnosis and treatment in patients presenting with chest pain.  Our concern for myocardial infarction increases significantly in patients who are elderly, overweight or have multiple chronic medical conditions.  But, are we overlooking patients who do not fit this profile misdiagnosing younger patients presenting with symptoms of heart attack?

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September is... National Pediculosis Prevention Month

Yes, that's right, there is an entire month dedicated to the louse.  My guess is the lice prevention movement was started by a group of first grade teachers.  Now that school is back in session, what do you need to tell your pediatric patients and their families about the dreaded pediculi?

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MidlevelU's Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month September 2012

Are you looking for something more personal and interactive than your typical nurse practitioner program?  If so, Emory's Woodruff School of Nursing is the place for you.  Emory offers not only an excellent NP education, but also local and international nursing volunteer experiences to enrich your nurse practitioner education.

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Should Nurse Practitioners Become Facebook Friends With Their Patients? 5 Things to Consider

With the social media boom, lines between personal and professional lives become blurred.  What is posted online stays online.  Even if your Facebook profile is labeled "private", I am certain there is still a way anyone persistent enough can see your information and photos.

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Free Birth Control: What's the Scoop?

I went to pick up my birth control prescription earlier this month.  As I handed my credit card to the pharmacist to pay the usual $19.99, she said "Oh, it's free now".  Great!

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Marijuana Use Tied to IQ Drop

Working in the ER, I encounter many substance abusers.  Generally, my attitude towards marijuana goes something like this "well, at least it's not crack".  Despite my West Coast origins, perhaps I should not be so casual towards THC.  A study released this week shows that heavy marijuana use may be tied to a drop in IQ.

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Nurse Practitioner Productivity Payment: Part 2- Translating RVU's Into a Paycheck

In my last post discussing nurse practitioner payment based on productivity, I explained the RVU (Relative Value Unit).  If you are a nurse practitioner paid based on your productivity, the RVU is the number used by your employer to determine exactly how much you will be paid.  Now, I will take you through the steps of how an RVU translates into payment for a healthcare provider.  

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5 Ways to Make Your Nurse Practitioner Resume Stand Out

The first step toward landing your ideal job as a nurse practitioner is creating a killer resume.  Your resume is a snapshot of you.  If it is disorganized, or sloppily put together

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Consumption of Cocoa and Wine May Enhance Brain Function!

We have all heard that red wine and chocolate may have health benefits and today I am happy to report the rumors are true.  According to a study done by the American Heart Association, consumption of flavanols found in cocoa products, red wine, grapes and apples is linked to enhanced brain function. 

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Nurse Practitioner Productivity Payment: How Does it Work? Part 1- The RVU

Working as a NP in the ER, I am paid a flat hourly rate in addition to payment based on productivity.  Similarly, as a nurse practitioner, you may be offered a position where you are paid on a productivity basis rather than a flat salary.  So how exactly is productivity payment calculated?  I will explain in a series of posts.  Let's start with the basics- the RVU. 

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