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Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Ruling out a physiological reason for symptoms is a good starting point for NPs and PAs caring for patients with a new psychiatric disorder.

Fatal error in admission orders leads to lawsuit

Fatal error in admission orders leads to lawsuit

A clinician is sued despite catching an overprescribed medication in a patient's admission orders.

Missed drug side effect turns toxic

Missed drug side effect turns toxic

One clinician misdiagnoses an adverse effect of a drug prescribed by another.

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

NPs and PAs involved with oncology teams should support multimodal prehabilitation for cancer patients to help ease the transition to oncology.

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Emmy Bushaija, a clinical officer educator, is training the next generation of health-care providers in Rwanda.

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era


Reviewing precautions for blood and body fluids will help protect both healthcare workers and the public.

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter can help NPs and PAs stay up-to-date on the latest news, policies, and research in their fields.

Exam brings trouble for 
school nurse

Exam brings trouble for 
school nurse

A visual check of a 
student was deemed 
an "unreasonable 
search" under the 
Fourth Amendment.

Following your instincts

Following your instincts

An NP and her patient "knew something was wrong" and pursued an MRA that detected cancer.

Diagnosing liver cancer

Diagnosing liver cancer

After an elevated liver enzyme report, a practitioner order a CT that confirmed liver cancer.

Providing health services to the homeless

Providing health services to the homeless

Gaining the trust of a tough patient motivates this clinician to continue providing health care to Chicago's homeless.

Salary Survey 2012: How are you doing?

Salary Survey 2012: How are you doing?

Find out how your income compares with the more than 9,000 nurse practitioners and physician assistants who completed our 2012 salary survey.

Telemedicine facilitates collaboration, greater access to healthcare

Telemedicine facilitates collaboration, greater access to healthcare

Combining NP, PA and telemedicine services will help bridge the gaps created by hospitalist and primary care physician shortages.

Lawsuit 
follows IV injection

Lawsuit 
follows IV injection

A patient undergoing 
myocardial perfusion 
imaging claims the IV 
led to nerve damage.

The special challenge of chronic pain

The special challenge of chronic pain

Failure to properly treat patients suffering legitimate chronic pain syndromes can result in a compounding of prescription pain-medication abuse.

NP/PA roles set to expand with health care reform

NP/PA roles set to expand with health care reform

Although the Affordable Care Act's future may be uncertain, nurse practitioner and physician assistant roles will continue to expand to meet primary care needs.

Simple pounds-to-kilograms conversion

Simple pounds-to-kilograms conversion

A nurse shares a simple tip for converting pounds to kilograms when calculating pediatric doses.

A nurse oversteps clinic's privacy policy

A nurse oversteps clinic's privacy policy

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

Combine medicine and justice with a forensic nursing career

Forensic nurses are typically the first point of contact for crime victims who are admitted to emergency rooms, providing opportunities to gather evidence and assess the patient's psychological state.

Working as a nursing case manager

Nursing case management professionals in the health care industry tailor care to meet the needs of individual patients, particularly those who receive benefits from one or more social agencies in a given community.

Help guide women through labor and delivery as a midwife

Midwifery is now more popular than ever after two decades of surging growth — the number of certified nurse midwife (CNM) and certified midwife (CM) attended births reached a record high at 317,626 births in 2008.

Business advice for nurse practitioners considering private practice

Faced with cost-containment challenges and physician shortages in underserved rural and inner-city areas, states are expanding NP scopes of practice and encouraging NP private practices.

Help shape the future of nursing as a nurse educator

Many nurse educators find preparing nursing students for their professional futures rewarding.

Working in health care management

Health care management is a challenging field that demands flexibility, resourcefulness and creativity in an industry that is constantly changing.

Emergency medicine experience useful in aerospace nursing

If you are committed to studying medicine, like making quick decisions and have a desire for excitement you might be interested in a career as a flight nurse.

New health care model emphasizes team work

Today's rapidly changing health care marketplace is increasing focused on providing team-based care - health care that is developed, coordinated and delivered by a team of clinicians including physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Working in geriatric nursing

As life expectancy continues to rise in the U.S. and older adults need continuous care for chronic conditions, experts in the field of geriatric nursing say the demand for qualified health workers is surging.

Leveraging a research background in your medical career

Most hiring groups for private practices are looking for physicians who can deliver quality care to a high-volume of patients. If applicants also have a background in medical research, it may just set them apart from an otherwise similar pool of candidates.

Community health nursing

Primarily working in clinics that serve low-income and homeless demographics, as well as the underinsured and uninsured, community health nurses (CHNs) play integral roles in caring for vulnerable populations.

Help improve quality of care with legal nurse consulting

Legal nurse consultants are not required to have a legal education; knowledge is gained through practical work experience providing assistance to legal professionals.

Navigating the current nursing job market

The nursing job market has changed dramatically during the past few years because of sluggish economy. Find out how to enhance your chances of landing a job from a hiring manager.

Weighing the pros and cons of rural nursing

Nurse practitioners who practice in rural areas face a different set of opportunities and challenges than those working in suburban or urban environments.

Work travel opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants

Research and careful planning are key to ensure that the clinical travel experience is both enjoyable and fruitful.

Negotiating employment contracts

Before the deal is officially sealed on an employment offer, clinicians must overcome the hurdle of the employment negotiations. Being prepared to ask the right questions can ensure a successful negotiation.

Is locum tenens right for you?

Locum tenens workers are well compensated and can choose how long they remain working in a particular city, state or region. If you are flexible and well organized, locum tenens work can be both personally rewarding and lucrative.

Navigating salary negotiations: Making sure you are compensated competitively

Money may not be the first concern on the minds of new nurse practitioner and physician assistant graduates, but salary is an important consideration when evaluating any job.

How to write a thank you letter

When it comes to the job interviewing process, don't forget to say "Thank you." After an in-person interview for a job, clinicians should always write a thank you letter.

Job interview tips for physician assistants and nurse practitioners

Are you a health care clinician seeking work? Read advice from human resource experts about the importance of the telephone interview, what not to where and other tips that may help you prepare.

Shifting health care paradigm favors physician assistant, nurse practitioner careers

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are expected to provide the bulk of primary care as health care reform changes practice.

State laws and career satisfaction

Considering relocating? Read about which states may make your life as a PA or NP easier.

Revealing a tattoo costs a clinician

Revealing a tattoo costs a clinician

A talented young resident breaches a patient's privacy and finds himself on the edge of a lawsuit.

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