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  • Celebrating NP Week!

    Nurse Practitioner Week is November 9-15, 2014 and as of 2014, there are more than 192,000 NPs in the US. That's up from 140,000 in 2010 - a huge jump that is expected to rise to 244,000 by 2025! Since I first entered my master's NP program, I have been involved with my local chapter of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners. I have had so ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on November 10, 2014
  • Recording Dates

    Time flies and memory fades. Remember that Seinfeld episode where the character lost one old piece of information in order to make room for every new piece of information learned? At least I think it was Seinfeld, I can't remember for sure... I'm sure you have all had the experience of filling out a job application and found yourself struggling ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
  • Five Strategies to Sabotage Your Next Job

    Here are some sure ways to sabotage your next position while job hunting: Applying for a new job until you are clear about what it would take for you to leave your present job. Employers hate fishing expeditions. Before you start sending out applications ask yourself what it will take for you to make the move. Is it salary or schedule? What ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 8, 2014
  • BSN to DNP

    BSN nurses are getting DNP degrees. What do you think about this? Personally, I am not happy about this fact. I have had my BSN since 1987 and my MSN since 1992. I don't think that a nurse who has had their BSN for only 5 years should be getting the same degree, a DNP, as I am getting when I complete this program. In trying to rationalize ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on September 10, 2014
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

    My experiences with patients have been very positive since I have come into practice. Most are able to communicate their complaints effectively and some may even tell you exactly what antibiotic they want, or what they believe their diagnosis to be. On occasion they may ask for things that are clinically inappropriate and at times may make my ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on September 8, 2014
  • NPs as PCPs

    Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) first made headlines, a frequent topic in the media has been the shortage of primary care providers (PCPs) to accommodate the influx of newly insured patients. At the time of its implementation, it was estimated that there would be a shortfall of 45,000 to 60,000 PCPs to provide care for the millions of newly ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on August 27, 2014
  • Those little things

    There are days in practice that the hours go by without you realizing it. Patients are in and out quickly, you work hard to complete your charting and tasks become second nature. Then, certain patients come in and make you smile with the things that they say, the mannerisms they exhibit or the way they look at you. Children are the most honest, ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • Precept to Perm

    I'm seeing a new trend taking hold - it's called ''precept to perm.'' It is hardly a new idea, but it has been given an official name, causing it to trend and become more common. If you are a student, you might have already encountered this phenomenon. If you are a seasoned clinician looking for a new position, it could impact your job search, as ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
  • NP's Orders

    There are not many things that frustrate me in my clinical practice. Most patients are open, receptive and leave shaking their heads in agreement to your plan of care. What happens once they leave your office is often unknown. You hope that they venture directly to the pharmacy, take their medications as prescribed and their health improves. ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on July 28, 2014
  • Job Hunt Pointers

    If you are about to look for your first job or you are just thinking about making a change, I have a couple pointers for you: Job searching requires a plan. Before you send out your first resume or application, you should have an idea of what it is you really want in a job. Sit down and make a list of YOUR job requirements. If there is one ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 2, 2014
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