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By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP 

Rosacea is a very common disorder that affects the skin of the face with flares that wax and wane in severity. The condition can be mild, with only a light pink color on the cheeks and nose, or very severe and deep red. Very severe cases may have papules, pustules ...


 
February 6, 2017 2:43 PM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

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February 2, 2017 9:42 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

The trend towards non-invasive, no-downtime procedures with little to no discomfort continues to rise. Aesthetic procedures that can be performed as a "lunch time" procedure continue to increase in demand.

ThermiSmooth, using radio frequency energy, improves the appearance of aging skin by tightening and improving collagen production over time. A unique hand piece is used to deliver the energy over the ...


 
January 25, 2017 9:54 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Pushing the Needle

Patients demand a nonsurgical approach with little to no downtime to defy aging and squeeze into their social calendars or their pocket book. Those who fear surgery would prefer the needle to the knife. The following are 7 ways to defy aging without surgery.

1. Neuromodulators

Botox® or Dysport® can be used to relax dynamic facial muscles ...


 
January 23, 2017 12:37 PM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Every day there are new employers who are searching for you online. Yes, even right now they are looking for someone with your skills and experience. If you are actively searching for a new job everyday online or you belong to the vast majority of NPs out there who are what we call ...


 
January 18, 2017 10:31 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

As we prepare for a new POTUS, many of us are considering the imminent social changes that directly impact our patients and our profession. In September, we started precepting MSW students in addition to NP and CNS students in our free clinic. The students started with providing SBIRT screening and have expanded, in the past five months, ...


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January 10, 2017 3:15 PM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Have you ever wondered what qualities make a résumé great versus good enough? Submitting a "good" résumé is a gamble; you hope maybe it will be noticed while risking the chance it will be overlooked. Most job seekers would like a bit better odds than "maybe." The difference is that good résumés seek attention while great résumés demand the reader's attention.

I have reviewed thousands of résumés over the ...


 
January 4, 2017 9:41 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

1. Microblading

Microblading for eyebrows, which is also known by a variety of names such as microstroking, feather touch, eyebrow embroidery, 3-D eyebrows and hair-like strokes, has become an increasingly popular form of cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup.

Microblading enhances the appearance of the eyebrows with simulated hairs in areas of missing eyebrow hairs or to create ...


 
December 22, 2016 10:01 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

As 2016 draws to a close and I finish evaluating my students' progress in each of the DNP Essentials, I have been thinking about how to continue pushing myself also. For me, completing the DNP degree was a transformative experience. I started the DNP program with a goal of earning a doctorate so I could teach in a graduate program. I finished the DNP program with a vision of transforming healthcare, particularly ...


 
December 21, 2016 9:55 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

The proprietary CoolSculpting cutting edge, controlled-cooling technology launched a new family of applicators called CoolAdvantage earlier this year. In the past decade, millions of treatments have been performed worldwide. The CoolAdvantage applicator ...

 
December 19, 2016 11:15 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Negotiating an employment contract doesn't have to be a battle. If you feel as if you are about to engage in an adversarial process, then you are approaching it all wrong. Employment contracts shouldn't be viewed from a perspective that leads to a winner and a loser. In fact, the hallmark of a successful negotiation is that neither party will receive everything they want. So stop feeling as if you are going to ...


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December 12, 2016 1:01 PM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

You might be surprised what impressions an employer may form about you just by looking at your social media postings. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that your employer (or potential employer) is even looking at your online postings at all.  

Checking social media has become a fairly routine part of the hiring process. It's expected that a job seeker will put only positive attributes ...


 
December 8, 2016 11:03 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

The evolution of injectable fillers has gone from fine-line fillers, like bovine collagen in the 1990s, to more volumizing fillers, such as the various brands of hyaluronic acids over the following two decades. Now, the revolutionary filler, JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA®, is a new fine-line and softer filler for lips, consisting of a smoother hyaluronic acid that lasts longer. 

JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA® can ...


 

By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Plantar Warts

Warts that form on the sole of your feet are called plantar warts. Essentially, they are the same as warts that are found on the hands and knees except this strain forms on the bottom ...


 
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 ...


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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 the teen ...


 
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, a result of recent advancements in needle technology. It is known by a variety of names such as microstroking, feather touch, eyebrow embroidery, and hair-like strokes.

Microblading enhances ...


 
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 like laser hair removal, Brazilian waxing, and radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation become increasingly popular, patients discover undesired, excessive pigmentation ...


 

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