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Real World NP Videos & Podcast: Clinical pearls and practice tips so you can learn faster and take the best care of your patients.

Workup For Syncope in Primary Care

May 23, 2022

Your patient passed out for no obvious reason, so their family insisted that they see their PCP. Now they’re waiting in your exam room, and you need a roadmap to determine what happened, what...

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Diagnostic Approach to Fatigue in Primary Care

Apr 26, 2022

Fatigue is a tricky clinical topic that can seem overwhelming in a primary care visit – even for seasoned NPs. Is it acute or chronic? Is it a standalone symptom, or are there chronic...

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Resistant Hypertension for Nurse Practitioners Part 2

Nov 02, 2021

In Part 2 of our Resistant Hypertension videos, I’m looking at hyperaldosteronism, or high aldosterone levels, as a cause for treatment-resistant hypertension — and an under-recognized...

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Resistant Hypertension - Part 1

Oct 20, 2021

Resistant hypertension is a common chief complaint in primary care clinics. But for new nurse practitioners, there’s a lot to sort through.

Resistant Hypertension in Primary Care

In this...

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Diagnostic Approach to Dizziness

Oct 12, 2021

Dizziness alone accounts for about 5% of all primary care office visits in the US.

5%! That's a huge number.

But as a chief complaint, dizziness is somewhat nebulous.

The causes of dizziness can...

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When to Follow Up With a Patient: Hypertension Case Study for New Nurse Practitioners

Mar 31, 2021

One of the first things I encountered as a new nurse practitioner seeing patients on my own was the decision-making process of when to bring a patient back to the clinic again at the end of the...

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Lower Extremity Edema Causes | Case Study for New Nurse Practitioners

Mar 10, 2020

Seeing "lower leg swelling" as the chief complaint for my patient as a new nurse practitioner was incredibly stressful.

Should you give diuretics for symptom control? Is this something serious...

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Lipid Panel Case Study: Lab Interpretation for New Grad NPs

Jan 28, 2020

Interpreting lipid panels in primary care can be deceptively confusing! It's a routine lab that you'll see (or already see) every day in primary care. We need to know when to order it, how to...

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Managing Coumadin as a PCP: Case Study for Nurse Practitioners

Dec 10, 2019

You're on call and you get paged about a critical INR...

You get a new patient from the ED who just started on coumadin for a DVT...

You're spending way too much time leafing through...

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Preoperative Exam for Nurse Practitioners

Nov 19, 2019

If you're overwhelmed and intimidated by preoperative exams, you're not alone.

Even a healthy patient undergoing a low-risk surgery can be stressful, but knowing the guidelines and tools can...

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