How Much Will an Ivy League Nurse Practitioner Education Cost You?

The prestige of an Ivy League education is a big draw for some aspiring nurse practitioners. A reputable education leaves the door open for future opportunities should the NP choose to teach, further his or her education, or simply hope to be more competitive in the job market. Highly selective nurse practitioner programs can certainly give your future career prospects an edge, but the education will cost you. How expensive is an Ivy League nurse practitioner education?

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How Can Nurse Practitioners Get Paid for Extra Time Spent Charting?

One of the most frustrating parts of my work as a nurse practitioner is administrative duties. Diagnosing a case of otitis media takes a grand total of five minutes, but completing the chart for that patient may take longer than the visit itself. Not to mention, there's always concern for thorough documentation looming overhead should a patient's chart be audited or the circumstances of the visit called into question. The time and stress associated with charting frequently creates tension in the nurse practitioner-employer relationship. 

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Night Shift Substance Use: Which Products Help Keep You Awake?

For some reason it seems my shifts in the emergency department lately have consisted primarily of night and evening hours. And, now that I pick up shifts at two different hospitals, my schedule is less coordinated than ever. This leaves me working a night here, and evening there, and my sleep pattern erratic (along with my mood...). Such is the life of a night-shifter! 

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Explore Your Career Options with Professional Conferences

By Aspiring Physician Assistant Meghan Kayan

Each year the American Association of Physician Assistants, or AAPA, hosts a five day long conference for certified PAs, current PA students, and people looking to learn more about what is going on in the physician assistant field. The conference is held each May and the location varies from year to year. This May 2015 I was lucky enough to attend the conference in San Francisco, California.

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6 Reasons Your NP Job Search Went Radio Silent

To the techies in the crowd, the term radio silent may signify a "status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area are asked to stop transmitting for safety or security reasons". To single guys and gals, the term may describe the status of your relationship with the person with whom you were last Tindering. If you're a nurse practitioner, it's entirely possible that the term 'radio silent' best describes your job search (or maybe your job search and your last dating relationship?). Why aren't employers calling you back?

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How to Write Your First Nurse Practitioner Resume

After graduating from my NP program, I sat down to craft the perfect resume only to be met with the sinking feeling I had nothing to put on it.  I became a nurse practitioner early in life through an accelerated program and had zero healthcare experience.  Ice cream scooping expertise. Check.  Research lab assistant know-how (i.e. caring for various lab animals and cooking up vats of drosophila food). Check.  Working with actual human patients? I had nothing to offer.

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Confessions of a Former New Grad Nurse Practitioner

These days, I think I may even take patients by surprise with my abilities in the emergency department. I look younger than my thirty (ugh) years, or so I am told. So, when I enter a patient's room to suture a laceration or drain an abscess, I get that "Wait! you're the one who's going to be doing this?!" look. Then, when the patient sees the results of a perfectly placed set of sutures it becomes apparent I've done the same job everyday for five plus years. It wasn't always this way. 

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Find Career Freedom: Nurse Practitioner Job Blast

Does anyone else love, love, love, Independence Day? While I have a few close runner-ups, July 4th is my favorite holiday. I can't wait to wear my "Too Cool for British Rule" tee and grill burgers by the pool all weekend long. Yes, this just might be the best weekend I've had all year. While excitement about the holiday is creeping in, it seems summer also brings a kind of career doldrums. The heat saps any extra energy we might have to put towards professional growth. Competing obligations too often win out. 

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The 50th Anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner Profession: Reflections

My husband likes to remind me frequently that Thomas Jefferson was just 33 years old when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. While his point in bringing up this piece of historical trivia is to inspire me, it typically leaves me with a profound sense of underachievement. Today, as I read an article looking back on the nurse practitioner profession including quotes from leaders in the NP community, I couldn't help but feel that these leaders' enthusiasm for nursing carried similarities to Jefferson's leadership of our country. 

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7 Continuing Education Conferences for Emergency Nurse Practitioners

When I started working in the emergency department 5 years ago, I felt a little lost. Nurse practitioners working in the ED have to be a sort of jack of all trades. We do a little bit of cardiology, OB/GYN, gastroenterology, dermatology, and some psychiatry to name a few specialty areas. Treating patients of all kinds means there's always room for learning. This is one of the things I love most about working in the emergency department. 

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How Can Nurse Practitioners Learn Cosmetic Procedures?

Trying to get experience as a nurse practitioner is like the proverbial chicken or the egg question. Job postings, for example, may require that applicants know how to suture or do trigger point injections. With employers unwilling to hire without experience, how are you supposed to become proficient with such procedures? Dermatology is one specialty where it can be particularly difficult to land a position without prior procedural training. 

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Medical News NPs Can Use 6.26.15

Happy Friday y'all! How was your week? I have just woken up from an oh-so-necessary afternoon power nap and am feeling ready to tackle whatever the weekend throws my way. Finally, I have recovered from the week's night shifts in the ER and am ready for a good time. Tonight my husband and I have a date night lined at one of our favorite Nashville restaurants. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material for the next few days, check out this week's medical news NPs can use. 

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