Career Planning

After the switch: adjusting to a new job

After the switch: adjusting to a new job

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After working at the same place for a long time, adjusting to a new job can be difficult.

Time to leave

Time to leave

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When forced to re-evaluate your career, forewarned is forearmed.

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

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Spending two years as a medical assistant helps practitioners learn the ins-and-outs of medical practice.

Where's the best place to be a nurse?

Where's the best place to be a nurse?

Research based on job availability, competition, and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice.

How to gain research experience as a new faculty member

How to gain research experience as a new faculty member

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New NP/PA faculty members should reach out to different departments for research experience and develop relationships with other professors.

Quality preceptors help new nursing grads transition to workplace

Quality preceptors help new nursing grads transition to workplace

A structured internship program with mentoring from a preceptor is key to transition from new graduate to nurse.

Consider a job in sleep medicine

Consider a job in sleep medicine

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Sleep medicine is a fascinating area of study with no shortage of potential patients.

New York City hospitals score poorly on patient safety

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Thirty of the nation's 50 lowest-scoring hospitals on patient safety are located in New York City and adjoining communities in West Chester, Long Island and New Jersey.

Is Medicare's 85% reimbursement rule fair?

Is Medicare's 85% reimbursement rule fair?

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Medicare only reimburses 85% of fees for physician assistant provided health care, and soon private insurance carriers may do the same. Is it fair to pay less for a PA office visit than an MD visit?

Encouraging a more collaborative medical culture

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Instead of viewing the new generation of health-care providers as a threat, seasoned clinicians should focus on shaping incoming nurses and physician assistants into colleagues they want working by their side.

Evolution vs. extinction and the physician assistant profession

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Changing the name of physician assistants is just a starting point for broader redefinition of the profession.

U.S. health-care expenditure still unevenly distributed

U.S. health-care expenditure still unevenly distributed

Approximately 1% of the U.S. population accounted for 20% percent of health-care spending in 2008 and 2009.

Mobile technology may distract clinicians, increase malpractice risk

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Clinicians sometimes use their smart phones and tablet computers for personal matters — checking social networking websites, news and even airfare prices while on the job — in a phenomenon termed "distracted doctoring."

What to remember when job hunting

What to remember when job hunting

Employment opportunities are limited today for many people seeking work, yet health-care needs are on the rise and the demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to care for the country's baby-boomers is increasing.

Make precepting aspiring medical professionals your New Year's resolution

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One-thousand new midwives need to be trained each year to meet American College of Nurse Midwives 2020 goals, but just 339 were certified in 2010.

Nonpunitive health-care settings improve error reporting

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Many more medical errors are reported when the process is anonymous and the health-care environment is nonpunitive, study results indicate.

Incorporating the peer-review process in primary-care settings

Incorporating the peer-review process in primary-care settings

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The peer review process fosters collaboration between physician assistants, nurse practitioners and physicians, enabling us to exchange our knowledge and experience, and grow as health-care providers.

Health-care teams offer comfort and support in emergencies

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No one health-care provider can go it alone. Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and every other support and ancillary department depend on each other to provide each patient with the best care possible.

Are hospital limitations on midwife scope of practice discriminatory?

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A nurse writes about the trickle-down affect hospital restrictions that do not coincide with state regulations for certified nurse midwives can have on providing collaborative healthcare.

Step up, speak out — for your own sake

Step up, speak out — for your own sake

Politics, laws, rules and regulations are the very core of what drives what clinicians can and can't do; it determines reimbursement and therefore your salary. To be blissfully unaware is lazy. To be aware and completely uninvolved is just shameful.

U.S. health care performs poorly on national scorecard

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Access to U.S. health care is declining despite the fact that costs are higher than ever.

Nurses that earn doctorate degrees deserve the title "doctor"

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Physician groups' insinuations that nurses with doctorate degrees, who want to use the title "doctor" are confusing patients and misrepresenting themselves, are obtrusive and offensive.

Implementing electronic health records: Are you ready?

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Using electronic health records (EHRs) will likely become second nature for a new generation of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

A nurse oversteps clinic's privacy policy

A nurse oversteps clinic's privacy policy

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An eager, young clinician learns the hard way that discretion is the first rule of law in medicine.

Counseling patients about vaginal birth after cesarean

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The most recent American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines for vaginal birth after cesarean take the decision making process out of the legal realm and back in the hands of health care providers.

A spoonful of sugar helps students visualize the metric system

A spoonful of sugar helps students visualize the metric system

Read this tip for making abstract concepts, like converting metric medication doses, go down smoothly.

Incorporating mental health into clinician training programs

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Are health care providers adequately prepared to address patients' psychological issues?

Oregon streamlines physician assistant licensure process

The new licensure process will be based on a practice agreement developed in conjunction with a supervising physician and filed with the Oregon Medical Board, eliminating archaic language that required that each PA's scope of practice and supervision requirements be determined by the state medical board.

Practice what you preach: Promoting clinician self-health

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Why do so many health care providers have trouble following their own advice?

Expanding nurse practitioner roles benefits patients

Expanding nurse practitioner roles benefits patients

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Evidence supports creating a culture of collaboration between physicians and nurse practitioners to bridge healthcare disparities and decrease medical costs.

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