Everything You Need to Know About Nurse Practitioner Certification

Taking your nurse practitioner certification exam is the culmination of your NP education. Do you have what it takes to practice as an NP, or not? While the nurse practitioner certification process can be confusing and stressful to say the least, knowing what you're up against can give you an edge in the process. 

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Beer's List- Medications You Shouldn't Give to Old People

Do you ever get stumped when it comes to prescribing medications for the elderly? Or, maybe you just don't know what you don't know concerning drugs and old people. It seems like some of the most common feedback my colleagues and I working in the emergency department receive from primary care providers relates to prescribing in the elderly population. 

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Blame North Carolina's Medicaid Policies for the Tough New Grad Job Market

New graduate nurse practitioners inevitably face challenges when it comes to the job market in many locations. Without experience in the provider role, employers can be understandably hesitant to hire. Lack of experience, however, is not the only thing hindering new grad NPs in the job market. Other factors like state scope of practice regulations and payer policies play a role. One such scenario is currently playing out in North Carolina. 

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Beyond Wikipedia: Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Practice

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is no easy feat. Medicine is always changing and as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant you are always running into new clinical situations. Even the brightest clinicians have questions at times. So, where should NPs and PAs turn for the latest reliable clinical information?

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The Clutch Answer to Any NP Program Interview Question

Spring is the perfect time to get started on your nurse practitioner program applications due this fall. After all, writing personal statements isn't quite as taxing if done while laying by the pool, right? As you wade through the different pieces of your NP program application, it's not to early to start thinking about the next steps in the application process including a potential in-person or phone based admissions interview. 

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Is Working as a Correctional Nurse Practitioner Safe?

Is anyone else watching Orange Is the New Black on Netflix? The show takes place in a women's prison chronicling the fictional lives of women behind bars. Having never walked through the doors of a prison myself, my misconceptions I'm sure are many. One thing that takes me by surprise while watching the show is the casual nature with which guards and inmates interact. Rarely are there shackles present, but rather inmates roam about the facility, hands free, going about their daily routines. 

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Key Guidelines for Your Nurse Practitioner Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter when you're on the hunt for a nurse practitioner job can often feel awkward and intimidating. The anguish of it might even make you reconsider your quest for a new job altogether. “Why, oh why, can’t my resume or CV be enough?”, you might ask yourself as you curl up into a ball of dread behind the computer screen. 

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Clinical Hack: The Ring String Trick

Working in the emergency department, one of my favorite cases to treat is rings stuck on swollen fingers. While it doesn't happen everyday, there's something gratifying about the opportunity to grind through a ring on a finger that is steadily turning bluer and bluer.

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How to Respond to a Nurse Practitioner Job Offer

Wrapping up interviews for nurse practitioner jobs can get a bit hairy. Perhaps you were expecting a more substantial salary that the prospective employer had in mind. Or, maybe you have interviewed for multiple positions and want to wait for other employers to have a chance to extend offers as well before accepting. In some cases, regardless of your other options, you might just need some time to think through the implications of accepting a particular position or discuss the job with family. 

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Enter to Win Our Nurses Week Giveaway!

This Nurses Week, you’ve hopefully received some kind of token of appreciation or recognition for all of the hard work that you do; be it a freebie, a personalized gift, or even just a simple “thank you” from a patient or colleague. Perhaps the extent of your celebration was treating yourself to a cookie from the break room, followed by a well-deserved glass of wine (or two) when you got home. We won’t judge how you celebrated, so long as you celebrated, because you deserve it! 

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Nurse Practitioners in Alabama: Practicing Their Rights

By Michael Rosen, ESQ, Co-Founder of ProviderTrust

Since it's National Nurses Week, we took a look at some obscure stories of how license verification can be a complicated process and stumbled upon this example from Alabama. A group of Alabama nurse practitioners sued the Alabama Nursing Board after the Board disciplined them due to some paperwork snafus. Although the nurses have taken action, for the time being, they still must disclose disciplinary action against their licenses on each application for employment.

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Nurses Week Gifts for the NP in Your Life

National Nurses Week is upon us and if you’re still scratching your head on how to show your appreciation for that special nurse in your life, the MidlevelU Team has got you covered. From personalized to practical, these gifts ideas are sure to reflect your recognition and be put to good use (no stereotypical key chains here).

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