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Clinical pearls and practice tips to save you time, frustration and help you learn faster so you can take the best care of your patients.

Facial Swelling Case Study for Nurse Practitioners

Jul 20, 2021

I had a patient last week who came in with facial swelling. It’s not a super common chief complaint in primary care, honestly, and neither were her exact symptoms or presentation. 

The...

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Diagnosing and Managing Shoulder Pain

Jul 13, 2021

When you’re working as a primary care nurse practitioner, you are going to see —i.e. diagnosing and managing — a lot of shoulder pain. 

Like, a lot of it. Musculoskeletal...

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When You Want to Give Up as a Nurse Practitioner

Jul 07, 2021

I recently got the question from a new nurse practitioner, “what do you do when you want to give up as a nurse practitioner?”

I’ve definitely been there before myself, and with...

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Interview with a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Jun 30, 2021

One of the struggles for new nurse practitioners in primary care is managing women’s health topics, and knowing if and when to refer to an OBGYN specialist. We want to do things the right way...

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How to Delegate Effectively as a Nurse Practitioner

Jun 23, 2021

When we’re nurse practitioner students, we’re so focused on the clinical aspects of our jobs that most of the time when we graduate, we’ve caught by surprise.

There’s an...

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How to Navigate Scheduling Issues for Nurse Practitioners

Jun 17, 2021

When I became a new nurse practitioner, I was so focused on learning the clinical pieces that it never occurred to me to learn more about the business of primary care.

Once I was on the job, I...

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How Primary Care Offices Work for New Nurse Practitioners

Jun 09, 2021

As nurse practitioners, we primarily learn the clinical aspects of practice. For good reason-- we’re taking care of real patients’ lives. But there’s a whole lot more to learn on...

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Diagnostic Approach to Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Jun 02, 2021

Abnormal uterine bleeding can be a stressful chief complaint to encounter as a new nurse practitioner.

And for good reason-- many patients worry that it’s a severe problem that will affect...

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Weight Loss Medications for New Nurse Practitioners (Part 2)

May 26, 2021

Prescribing weight loss medications in primary care is SUCH a common challenge for new nurse practitioners. It feels like there are so many options and things to keep track of.

This week’s...

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Weight Management Counseling for New Nurse Practitioners

May 19, 2021

Weight management counseling in primary care is such an important skill, and it’s truly the foundation that patients need before we can start addressing weight loss medications.

In this...

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