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May 26, 2015 10:15 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Warm weather brings out more revealing outfits that show off arms, the décolleté/cleavage, back, legs and midriffs. Patients are becoming more aware of sun protection, skin care and anti-aging measures for the face, but many times stop there. The chest or décolleté/cleavage accumulates sun damage over a lifetime, and blotchy mottling, discoloration with brown spots, redness, veins, skin texture irregularities, fine lines ...

 
May 13, 2015 10:52 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Let's review a few basic details about recruiting agencies and what using a recruiter means to your job search. 

Recruiters are hired and paid for by the employer. The majority are hired on a contingency basis and are compensated only after they find a candidate and that candidate is hired by the employer. As a job seeker, you benefit from this arrangement because you are not required to pay anything for the ...


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May 12, 2015 11:39 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Beauty of the upper face can be enhanced significantly using non-surgical techniques with neuromodulators and tissue fillers. Since the FDA approval of Botox for frown lines over a decade ago, patients have been well aware of the benefits of neuromodulators to improve the appearance of frown lines, crows feet and horizontal forehead lines. Typically patients think primarily of using neuromodulators to enhance the ...

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April 29, 2015 8:15 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

This week let's have a look at what is currently going on in the NP job market. Whether you are graduating this spring or looking for a new job there are few things happening that could have an impact your job search. 

My sources in the industry are telling me that while jobs are plentiful, so are the number of applicants for each job. I am assured that for every open position there is no shortage of ...


 
April 28, 2015 9:04 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

For several months, we have been offering a minimally invasive skin tightening procedure called ThermiTight injectable RF that allows us to tighten skin of the jowls and neck, upper arms, abdomen, knees and thighs. This device uses the ThermiRF radiofrequency platform for various applications with unique real-time precise thermoster controlled mircro-invasive and non-invasive treatments.

The most recent application ...


 

AAD Board Members:

The National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP) has reviewed the announcement of the American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) DermCare Team program. We do not support this initiative, which requires the direct supervision of NPs in order to belong to the "DermCare Team." This restriction of dermatology NPs' practice comes without any formal research or statistics that support ...


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April 15, 2015 9:16 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Okay new grads, let's talk about references.  If you are graduating soon and looking for your first job you are probably wondering who you should choose to be your references. 

Who makes the best references?

In order to choose the persons who will provide the best reference we must first understand ...


 
April 14, 2015 11:42 AM by Nora Phillips of NP & PA Student Blog

Welcome to my inaugural post as a blogger! I am excited to document and share my past and future experiences as a budding nurse practitioner. First things first, I will introduce myself. Ten years ago, I would have first announced that I was a pre-medical student with big ...


 
April 14, 2015 11:18 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Over the last decade we have seen a tremendous growth in the development of non-invasive, non-surgical devices that promote skin tightening. The latest addition to our armamentarium of rejuvenation includes the ThermiSmooth procedure, which utilizes external radiofrequency energy for gentle, precise epidermal heating. It's the ...


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April 7, 2015 12:05 PM by Fawn Workman of First Year NP

A lot has happened since my last blog entry. I've been on several interviews from the ocean to the hills, rural to bustling cities. Recruiters have ranged from being fantastic to unprofessional. Interviews: some have been like root canals and some really were fun! I've had some interviewers that were very easy to talk with and I could easily imagine myself working alongside them in collaboration. And I've had some ...

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April 1, 2015 9:32 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Did you know that an alarming number of new graduates will be looking for a different job before they have finished one year at their first job? 

Your first job after graduation ought to be a positive experience and not have you out combing the job ads for something better. There are a number of reasons new grads become dissatisfied and unhappy with their first position. I would like to offer you a few suggestions ...


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March 31, 2015 9:29 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Laser skin treatments goes beyond rejuvenation, photoaging and wrinkles. Lasers can play an important role in scar revision. Scars can form anywhere on the body as a result of trauma, burns, surgery, cystic acne or some genetic predisposition such as spontaneous keloid formation. 

Until the development of Fractional CO2, we were limited to pulse dye lasers to treat vascular and/or pigmented lesions or a variety ...


 
March 27, 2015 12:06 PM by Michelle Perron of ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog

 ADVANCE for NPs & PAs is searching for bloggers to write on a variety of topics! If you or someone you know likes to write, is able to work well under deadlines, and has creative ideas, consider joining our community.

We are currently looking for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to contribute to the ...


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March 23, 2015 11:52 AM by Debra Shelby of Dermatology Practice Today

NADNP 4th Annual Dermatology Conference: May 12-16, 2015, Clearwater Beach, Florida

NADNP would like to announce NP and PA scholarships for $100 main conference registration fees and free memberships! We also have volunteer opportunities for a waived main conference registration.

Contact us on our ...


 
March 18, 2015 8:36 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

It's spring! And that means one thing - New Grads. I am going to devote my next few blogs to the graduating class of 2015. 

First, let's talk about communicating experience on your resume. New Grads have 2 common misconceptions.

Until I have my first NP or PA job I have no experience. 

If you believe this you are selling yourself and your skills short. Your clinical ...


 
March 17, 2015 7:49 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Women wear earrings over many decades. Various sizes, shapes and colors are coordinated with trends in fashionable wear throughout the seasons. When heavy earrings are worn repeatedly for long periods of time, the weight of the earrings can distort and elongate the opening of the pierced lobe. An obvious tear of the lobe may prompt a patient to seek treatment to repair the tear, but most are not aware of other ways ...


 
March 17, 2015 7:39 AM by Sean Goddard of NP & PA Student Blog

I have had a busy week on the computer. Not because I have been studying hard, but instead working hard to try to help pay for school. Recently scholarships have opened up for application and I have been busy chasing the dream of someone helping me with this mounting debt we call education. Even to be considered is no simple process. The hurdles we must overcome can be massive. Just to have my school fill out two pieces ...

 
March 4, 2015 1:46 PM by Sean Goddard of NP & PA Student Blog

My first two blogs tackled, what I felt, were some pretty big issues facing nurse practitioner students. I thought I would take a step away and talk about something lighter in nature. As nurses, students, and future NP's we are faced with stress from multiple areas. This doesn't include personal commitment's such as spouse's, significant others, children, bills, the list goes on. As a divorced father of two children ...

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March 4, 2015 8:32 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Resumes come in a variety of styles. If you are a new graduate or a seasoned NP/PA about to embark on a job search trying to figure out what resume style is appropriate can be extremely frustrating. Your resume is your first contact with a potential employer and you want to get it right. No one has ever been offered a job based on a resume alone; however, there are plenty of applicants who were passed over because of ...

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March 3, 2015 10:26 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

There is more pressure today for men to look fashionable, fit and well groomed. Male grooming products in the beauty industry are fast growing. Men are more concerned with their appearance and spending more time and money on themselves than ever before. Photos in the social media world have added to this pressure for males.

There are an increasing number of males seeking noninvasive and minimally invasive ...


 
February 19, 2015 8:38 AM by Debra Shelby of Dermatology Practice Today

Advanced Dermatology Work Ups Part II

I'm happy to report that the disease on the initial site (right forearm) completely resolved in 5 days. However, a second episode of bullae presented on right lower back within 7 days of initial  treatment. We were finally able to get biopsy consent from the family and tissue was sent for H&E and DIF.

The results are in! So what do you ...


 
February 18, 2015 8:40 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

As nurse practitioners, we have been enjoying a pretty strong market. Jobs have been relatively plentiful and compensation has been steadily increasing despite a rather slow economic recovery. Many states have removed or are in the process of removing barriers to our practice. We are gaining visibility in the media. Our jobs are rated year after year as being highly desirable. In general, we are in a good place as a ...

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February 17, 2015 1:39 PM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Acne, the most common skin condition, can result in acne scars, in up to 95% of those who get acne. This disfiguring skin condition can be devastating and affect self-esteem and self-confidence. Just a few weeks ago, for the first time in history the FDA has approved a tissue filler for treatment of acne scars. BellaFill, formerly Artefill, provides long-lasting scar correction.  

Acne scars may present in ...

 
February 17, 2015 1:28 PM by Sean Goddard of NP & PA Student Blog

I am bogged downed and overwhelmed with nursing theorists right now. The desire to read nothing further about Florence, Watson, or any other of the long lists of theorists grows stronger everyday with me. Here I sit writing a long paper about applying the four metaparadigms to nursing practice, nursing concepts, and how to apply theory to my nursing practice.  Does this system really expect me to remember all these ...

 

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

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