Clinical Pearls

Important information for the clinical setting

When is it too late to suture?

Guidelines recommend primary closure of wounds that are clean and have no signs of infection within six to 12 hours of the injury; one study suggests that suturing can be delayed for up to 18 hours. (1,2) Wounds to areas with an extensive vascular supply (e.g., head, face) may be closed up to...

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Wound Care

Lacerations, abrasions, burns, and puncture wounds are common in the outpatient setting. Because wounds can quickly become infected, the most important aspect of treating a minor wound is irrigation and cleaning. There is no evidence that antiseptic irrigation is superior to sterile...

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Things to know when negotiating your NP contract

Contract negotiation is a very important step in your career as a nurse practitioner, and the details can be overwhelming, particularly if this will be your first job out of school. Getting off on the right foot is very important since pay increases are never a sure thing. It’s a sound...

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Biggest Nursing Mistakes Part 2

In the previous blog post, the online CE course experts at Provider Skills discussed some of the most common mistakes nurses and nursing students students can make. We’ll continue on that topic here, with even more mistakes that nurses can be aware of, learn from, and hopefully, avoid...

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The Biggest Nursing Mistakes

If you’re in nursing school or are just starting out in the nursing world, your life can be a bit hectic and stressful. There are plenty of things to learn, plenty of experiences to have, and most importantly, plenty of mistakes to make. You’re going to screw things up a lot a lot as a nursing...

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Benefits of Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

Being a nurse is an excellent career choice. With almost too much demand for nurses, solid pay, and the ability to put your skills to work just about anywhere in the country and beyond, nursing can provide you with a great deal of flexibility and satisfaction. However, we’d argue that nurse...

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Great Online Resources for Nurses

For nurses, a great deal of learning happens on the job through hands-on experience, shadowing, and the long, lost art of making mistakes. When hands-on learning opportunities are not available, nurses learn valuable skills in training sessions and skills labs, learning more complex procedures...

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Preparing For Your First Day on The Job

The first day of any job can be stressful. When you don’t know anyone, you don’t know where anything is (bathroom, anyone?), and you feel like you barely know any of the skills needed to perform the job at a high level, it can feel like you’re going to drown in a sea of information, coworker...

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The Importance of Hands-On Training

For some of us, learning our job on the go isn’t a big deal. We can stumble through spreadsheets, have our bosses fix our mistakes, and take months (or even years) to master our craft. Naturally, nurses and other medical professionals don’t have this luxury—when you mess up on the job, you...

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Tips for Surviving NP School

If you thought nursing school was tough, wait until you get to nurse practitioner school. Heavy class loads, learning on the fly, and trying to balance school and life can be a huge challenge, no matter how well you perform as a student. However, NP school is a worthwhile investment that can...

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