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November 28, 2016 10:31 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

We have been focusing our attention on restrictive laws and practice agreements, but they are only one method the establishment uses to hold us back. Many of us who practice in states that have enacted full practice authority have come to realize that repealing outdated laws didn't solve all our issues. It's a great beginning but much more needs to be done if we want to see real progress.

During the messy ...


 
November 21, 2016 10:59 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

To every thing there is a season...

By the time you read this, we will have a new President-elect of the United States. At this time of year, many of us are preparing for a new legislative season not only in Congress but also in our state legislatures. As a DNP, I believe this is a perfect time to leverage our position as leaders in healthcare.  ...


 
November 17, 2016 10:08 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

One of the biggest challenges we face in the aesthetic arena is the lack of downtime for those with demanding schedules with family, work, and social engagements. Most patients that we see in our clinic are not quite ready for a surgical approach due to various reasons. Some of these reasons may include high cost of surgery, fear of surgery or anesthesia, young patients not ready for a surgical facelift, or older ...

 

By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP 

Frequently, women develop extra hair growth on the face, especially around their mouth and chin area. It can also occur on the breasts or even the lower portions of the abdomen. This hair growth is frequently referred to as hirsutism and can develop in ...


 
November 9, 2016 11:38 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Facial rejuvenation is frequently sought after in preparing for special events, such as weddings, reunions, and holiday celebrations. Men and women desire healthy, youthful skin to look refreshed. In addition, they want results without the undesirable downtime.

A new frontier ...


 
November 7, 2016 8:31 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Dear Career Coach: I am an NP, but I have not worked in 2 years. How can I get back into the workforce?

Dear Reader: You are not alone! Your question is one that I am asked with some regularity. I have a number of thoughts ...


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October 24, 2016 8:39 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

NP students frequently ask me if there is anything they can do before graduation to help prepare for their first job. I assume they are looking for the usual "job-search advice," because they seem somewhat surprised when I ...

 
October 19, 2016 9:36 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Permanent makeup, or microblading, for eyebrows has become an increasingly popular form of cosmetic tattooing
 
October 18, 2016 8:52 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

I have had a most awesome week! The 9th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in Baltimore, held October 5-7, just concluded, and I was in attendance. The theme "Transforming Healthcare Through Collaboration" perfectly describes what DNPs are doing every day. In fact, the opening presentation ...


 
October 10, 2016 9:49 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

A potential employer is the only audience your résumé needs to impress. Not your instructors, not your colleagues, and not your mother. If your résumé doesn't pass this test, it has not been written properly, and improperly written résumés don't get interviews. No interview = no job.

Poorly written résumés generally share a few key characteristics that cause the applicant to be passed over. These are common mistakes ...


 
October 5, 2016 9:23 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Intimate lightening is the process of improving the cosmetic appearance of the skin surrounding the vulva, groin, upper inner thighs, and anal area. As aesthetic procedures

 

By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Melanoma is the most lethal of all the skin cancers. It is estimated that melanoma kills 10,130 people annually in the United States. Many of these deaths could be easily prevented ...


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September 26, 2016 8:58 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Job searching has evolved. Where we go to find a new job is not the same as it was even a year ago. It's tough to keep up with the trends. If you haven't changed jobs for several years, you're going to find out that the ...

 
September 21, 2016 10:10 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Special events stimulate excitement and anxiety not only for the obvious bride and groom but also for those intimately involved, such as the parents of the bride and groom. Many have not seen family members or acquaintances for years and will usually meet new family members, and they want to look their best.

Patients who present for pre-wedding rejuvenation want to look better but are usually reserved with fears ...


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September 16, 2016 8:45 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

At the start of this school year, I am contemplating the DNP Essentials. As a DNP, how are you using the knowledge and skills acquired through your DNP coursework to impact healthcare outcomes? When was the last time you read the DNP Essentials and thought about how the DNP Essentials can provide ...

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September 12, 2016 9:36 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Labor Day seems like an appropriate time to take stock of the current state of where we are as a profession. During the last few years, we have made great strides. Nurse practitioners have full ...

 
September 7, 2016 8:42 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Peri-orbital vascular lesions distract from the beauty of a person's eyes. Our genes are to blame for the most part. The presence of red or green vascular lesions under the eyes gives the appearance of dark circles, which makes an individual look tired or older and can affect ...


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By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Last month we discussed Seborrheic keratosis (SK)-those rough growths that develop on the skin of people who are becoming more mature. In-office treatments were reviewed, and now this month we will evaluate some home remedies that will help with these ...


 
August 31, 2016 8:37 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

The embarrassment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) affects approximately more than 7 million individuals, and 4 million individuals suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis. Patients who suffer from excessive sweating have searched for relief, feeling frustrated with various antiperspirants, prescription topical solutions and medications. ...

 
August 22, 2016 8:37 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

No one wants their dream job to turn into a nightmare. My recruiting days were spent listening to NPs who were frustrated and wanted out of their current position. Salary and benefits weren't the problem; the problem was literally the workplace itself. They told me stories of toxic workplace ...

 
August 17, 2016 8:45 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Fat bulging around the bra, in the front, back or around the arm pits, can be fashionably limiting to many women. This contributes to multiple wardrobe changes and frustration prior to an event. 

Lifestyle and genetics play a role in the way fat pockets are distributed in the body. Even people within their ideal weight have pockets of fat they can pinch and would love to eliminate or reduce. Bra fat happens ...


 
August 12, 2016 8:34 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

How much do you know about full practice authority (FPA)? As NPs, we have state and federal laws and regulations that govern our practice. As we prepare for fall elections and legislative sessions in the new year, we all need to consider our ability to practice to the full extent of our education and training.

I live in Virginia. If you look at the AANP State Practice Environment map (AANP, 2016), Virginia is a ...


 
August 8, 2016 8:55 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

What's the first thing that comes in to your mind when I say the words "dream job?" I would venture to say your initial thoughts will go in the direction of pay, hours or perhaps location. If I gave you a few minutes more to ponder, you would likely add some other elements such as the patient population you will be serving, the number of patients you have to see per day and perhaps no call duties.

Now this is where ...


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By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Over the years, I have seen many people in the office asking about crusty Seborrheic keratosis (SK). These scaly, popular, bumpy growths occur on most people who are middle-aged or older. They are odd looking, with varying colors and configurations. Scale can come off them, and they frequently catch on clothing and get irritated. When I first started working in dermatology, ...


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July 26, 2016 8:10 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

A large and reputable healthcare organization in our community has recently added a footnote to all posted NP job openings, declaring they will no longer hire new grads from "certain programs." The excluded programs are not named, but you will find a very short statement that refers to "proprietary online" schools this employer feels do not meet the standards of their healthcare organization. 

I can't ...


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