Nurse Practitioner Non-Competes: Are They Enforceable?

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

As I discussed in a previous blog post, Employment Contract Negotiation for Nurse Practitioners, the process of negotiating an employment contract can be extremely complicated for a nurse practitioner. Not only are you concerned with outlining the scope of your practice, including the duties and expectations of your employment, but you are also negotiating for salary and benefits, like bonuses and vacation days. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 5.23.15

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you are enjoying some time off work and have some all-American activities in store. This weekend I will be attending the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and am excited about the one in a lifetime experience. Race day followed by burgers on the grill...you can't get much more all-American than that! Well, maybe if you add apple pie for dessert. Now, there's a thought. If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's medical news link pack.

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5 Tips for Finding a New Job Within Your Hospital System

I recently had a nurse practitioner approach me for advice on finding a new position within her current hospital system. She worked as a surgical nurse practitioner and felt she was no longer growing in her current role. The schedule her position required wasn't conducive to family life and several nurse practitioner job postings listed her current hospital's website looked like more attractive career options. Applying for these positions, however was awkward. How would HR react to seeing she was interested in leaving her job and meanwhile applying for a new one?

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9 Ways to Overcome a Lousy Nurse Practitioner Job Market

The realization that you have just become a nurse practitioner living in a less than favorable job market is a bitter pill to swallow. As you look for a position, student loan obligations loom in the back of your mind. Not to mention, it seems totally unfair that everyone has told you throughout your career that NPs are in increasingly high demand and your job outlook is bright. What recourse do you have if you find yourself a nurse practitioner in this position?

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How Much Can You Realistically Work During Your NP Program?

Maintaining some semblance of an income is essential for most nurse practitioner students. Living costs, tuition, books, and unforeseen expenses add up. Planning a practical budget and setting reasonable expectations is a must. The life of a working student can be a difficult one and many prospective students aren't sure how many hours they should plan on working during their NP program. What can you expect when it comes to balancing employment with student life?

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