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February 10, 2016 2:47 PM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Dear NP Career Coach:  I am considering doing a locum tenens assignment. I have over 2 years of experience as a NP in urgent care where I treat some very high acuity patients. I am wondering what you think is a reasonable hourly rate? Can I also ask for all expenses such as travel, rental car, food, etc. to be paid? What about CME?

Dear Job Seeker:  Your hourly wage will really depend on ...


 
February 4, 2016 11:18 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

It is exciting to reflect back over the past 20 years on the evolution of non-surgical aesthetics in our practice.   Non-surgical aesthetic procedures now address fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss, irregular pigment, loose skin, veins, tattoo and hair removal, scar reduction, body contouring for fat and cellulite. In our practice we have incorporated bio-identical hormones and sexual health now to include vaginal ...

 

By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

This month some of the treatment options available to the nurse practitioner in treating atopic dermatitis (AD) will be reviewed. One of the cardinal features of AD is dry skin or xerosis. Using topical moisturizers reverses this dryness of the skin by increasing hydration.

Over the years a number of clinical trials have concluded topical moisturizers lessen ...


 
January 27, 2016 9:25 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Are you graduating this spring? Now is the time to identify your references. Before you begin your search for your first job, fill out an application or send out your first resume you should know by now who you plan to use as your references. Actually, let me go a step further, you should also have confirmed with them whether or not they are willing to be a reference for you. 

New grads often put off creating ...


 
January 19, 2016 8:18 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Skin quality improvement can be accomplished in a variety of methods. Skin is the first line of beauty. It is one of the first clues to our age and general health. Skin hydration, reflection of light, tone, texture, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles can be addressed with specific therapeutic, cosmeceutical and prescription skin care ingredients to enhance the health of the skin. Combined with laser and light ...

 
January 13, 2016 8:39 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Dear NP Career Coach:  I usually send a thank you letter after an interview on the same professional ivory resume paper and envelope as I use for my cover letter and CV. Is this acceptable? Or should I send an actual thank you note card? Recently I interviewed for a job and sent a thank you letter less than 48 hours after the interview. Is it okay for me to send a follow up email? And if so, what is appropriate ...

 
January 6, 2016 12:28 PM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

Happy New Year! This morning, I completed a 10K. I am a runner and always start the New Year with a race. There is something about a group of people set on the same goal that encourages the best in everyone. Although I race throughout the year, this first race of the year sets the tone for the rest of my year and makes me feel that I have been part of something amazing from day one. This year, the race I ran was the ...

 
January 5, 2016 1:50 PM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Aesthetic concerns of women go beyond the face and common body treatments.  Over the last decade focus on the body with term "Mommy Makeover" has increased in popularity. This year women will seek solutions to restore feminine youthfulness. "Vaginal Rejuvenation" has entered the world of aesthetics. The topic is gaining awareness worldwide.

Many don't bother reporting issues because they have accepted it as ...


 

By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Eczema, or more specifically atopic dermatitis (AD), is one of the most common skin conditions affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals per year. It is most common in children, but can continue into adult hood becoming a life long nuisance.

The condition is genetic and associated with skin lipid and lipid production deficiencies, as well as filaggrin mutations. ...


 
December 22, 2015 9:18 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Hair loss can be devastating to anyone at any age. Image is so crucial in the society that we live in.  The devastation of hair loss affects self-esteem and self-confidence. Men and women suffer from this life-changing experience and go through psychological stages with shock, denial, anger, depression and acceptance just like emotions that occur after a traumatic experience.

Trying to hide hair loss ...


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December 16, 2015 8:53 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

If you are looking for your first job you are probably wondering how much time will elapse from the time you graduate until you receive your first paycheck. Like most students you likely haven't been generating much income during your graduate program because your school demands have meant you haven't been able to work much or maybe not at all. In addition, when you factor your student loans in to the equation you are ...

 
December 9, 2015 9:31 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

The DNP has the power to change healthcare. We have an obligation, as nurses and as patient advocates, to use our knowledge, skills and abilities to gain a seat at the table.

As the largest healthcare workforce, with over 3.1 million registered nurses, we should be the go-to profession for issues about healthcare. However, we still lag far behind our physician colleagues in positions as elected officials, at national ...


 
December 8, 2015 10:25 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Women often report that they hate photos of their double chin when caught by surprise when their child takes their photo with their smart phone or ipad. This year much focus has been on aesthetic procedures to deal with one of the most common complaints. Millions of people are bothered with - The Double Chin. In aesthetic surveys, 67% of consumers are bothered by submental fat.

When considering treatment for double ...


 
December 2, 2015 10:05 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

The old saying "it's not WHAT you know, but WHO you know" has been around a long time in relation to finding a new job. Over the years, networking consistently remains the number one way to find and land a job.

Having an inside or personal connection has always been a huge advantage to a job seeker and that is not likely to change. Of course in our profession WHAT you know is important too, but simply having the ...


 
November 23, 2015 5:52 PM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

This year the hottest aesthetic procedures seem to be focused on the neck. The most frequent digital photos deleted whether taken by another person or a selfie usually revealed an undesirable angle of neck. Double chin, loose turkey neck, neck fat and lack of jawline definition is usually are the complaints of an undesirable neck. 

We introduced ThermiTight Injectable RF for skin tightening last year. Patient ...


 

It seems like every day we open up the newspaper or watch the news and see the negativity towards law officers and our military personnel. The National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners want to recognize fallen soldiers and fallen law officers at our next conference. We want the world to know that there are thousands, if not millions, of nurses who ...

 
November 18, 2015 9:57 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Appearances are a touchy subject. Every time I write a blog on proper attire and grooming for an interview I can count on receiving a few comments from readers who take issue with my advice. Since I have devoted more than a few blogs to this topic and obviously it seems to hit a nerve with my audience it seems like a good idea to address some of my feedback.

Some of you wonder why I come back to this topic so frequently ...


 
November 10, 2015 10:27 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Do you awaken with sore jaw muscles especially after a stressful day? Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. Bruxism can occur unconsciously with clenching of your teeth together during the day or clench or grind them at night (sleep bruxism).

Many suffer from bruxism and don't realize that a multitude of problems, including premature aging of the jawbone can occur over ...


 
November 4, 2015 8:18 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

I predict a tighter hiring market on the horizon. The shift has been gradual and subtle, but the signs are definitely there. I have had my suspicions for some time, nothing big mind you, but when it's all added together it indicates change.

NP markets are cyclical. I have seen periods where NPs were in high demand and salaries were through the roof. New grads were negotiating unheard of compensation packages. Then ...


 
October 27, 2015 4:54 PM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Fit and motivated women who spend hours in the gym doing cardio, firming, toning, get upset when they see loose wrinkled, crepey skin that ripple over the top of their knees in the mirror as they reach for a set of weights. Women often comment that this is one of the areas that drive them crazy, because no matter how much they diet and exercise the wrinkled skin over their knees does not go away.

Our skin undergoes ...


 

By Dr. J. Michael Williamson, Lt Col, USAF, NC

Skin cancer is a risk for all persons. Within the military there is was found a higher incidence in melanoma in service members as compared to the general population.1 Service members are frequently required to work outside exposed to sunlight for long hours a day. 

Given the increased risk for melanoma nurse practitioners should consider ...


 
October 21, 2015 9:02 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Have you ever been on a job interview that seemed to go well yet you never received a job offer? If I learned anything during the time I was recruiting it was that a candidate's perception of a successful interview can differ wildly from what a potential employer may perceive. 

As a recruiter my job was to follow up with both parties after an interview. Feedback I received from candidates would fall into what ...


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October 13, 2015 11:11 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

 Millions of people suffer from sun damage with excessive sun exposure. Brown spots are one of the most common reasons patients present to an aesthetic clinic. In addition, patients present with texture irregularities, concerns with precancerous lesions and skin cancer. In dermatology, actinic keratosis and superficial skin cancers are the most popular conditions treated with aminolevulinic acid (ALA).

Photodynamic ...


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October 7, 2015 11:13 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

This past week there has been a bit of a local scandal involving an "alleged" tweet by someone who really ought to know better. Apparently this person posted a rather inappropriate comment about a specific minority group. The tweet wasn't obscene and didn't contain any profane language but it was insensitive to say the least. Quite predictably folks are calling for his job and even more predictably he is claiming his ...

 
September 29, 2015 11:37 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

No matter how much you diet and exercise its difficult to get rid of submental fat which is known as "double chin", neck fat or "turkey neck." It is caused by excess fat deposits that accumulate under the chin and neck. Submental fat may be related to lifestyle, age or genetics. Unlike other body parts that can be concealed with clothing, double chins are difficult to hide. Double chin is a top concern for those seeking ...

 

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If you're looking for your dream job or just want to know what's out there for NPs today, start here with the expert advice of nurse practitioners who specialize in placing NPs in good jobs.

DNPs and DNP students will share their experience with the doctor of nursing practice.

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Interested in dermatology or challenged by skin presentations in your practice setting? Dermatology Practice Today examines issues in skin care and skin disease.

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This new NP will share the ups and downs of her first year in practice.

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NADNP serves as a resource and supports all NPs with an interest in dermatology.