If you didn't notice, I took a little hiatus from the Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month column. With healthcare reform, the New Year, and posting topics based on reader recommendations there simply wasn't enough time in the day to keep the column going. And, NP program of the month didn't seem nearly as interesting as Book Club or What's Really in That Cocktail?, my latest news story. So, I let the column slide- until today when something sparked my interest.
If you aren't a nurse but want to become a nurse practitioner, you have many options for your education. But, one path to accomplishing your goals stands out as the most efficient way to make a career change. Accelerated nurse practitioner programs allow students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, without any medical experience, to become nurse practitioners in just two to three years.
By MidlevelU Intern Ashley Prince
If there's one phrase that academic advisors should be banned from saying, its "I'm sorry, but you have a lot of work to do." What may seem like an honest, objective assessment of your graduate school plans can send a student (AKA me!) into panic mode.
It sounds cliche, but if there's one thing I have realized in my 5 years of practice as a nurse practitioner, it's the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. The difference in health, both physical and emotional, between my patients who live fit lifestyles and those who don't is astounding.