Guys vs. Gals: How Does the Number of Male and Female NPs Compare?

Admittedly, I hesitated to publish this blog post. I mean, does it really matter what percentage of nurse practitioners in a given location are men or women? When you get down to it, not that much. Some aspiring healthcare providers may consider gender distribution in selecting their careers, for example. Entering a profession where you could be singled out based on sex has the potential to be intimidating. Quality of care and professional opportunities, however, should not depend on gender distinctions. Looking at demographics based on profession is just plain interesting, so I decided to move ahead with the post. 

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5 Tips for Starting Your NP Program Off on the Right Foot

If you're heading into a nurse practitioner program this year, congrats! Making the decision to further your education isn't an easy one. Your motivation and enthusiasm will take you far as you kick off the semester. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to stay focused as the school year wears on. To set yourself up for nurse practitioner school success, here is some advice based on my own NP program experience. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 8.26.16

Happy Friday! How was your week? Today is the first day I'm not feeling the effects of sleep deprivation. Fully (I think) recovered from working a few night shifts in the emergency department, I'm ready to take on the weekend in full force. With summer coming to a close, I'm feeling the pressure to maximize pool time and other outdoor activities tomorrow. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material as you relax over the next few days, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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ANCC vs. AANP: Comparing Nurse Practitioner Certification Exams

It's certification time for students graduating from NP programs this month. Choosing whether to take the AANP or ANCC nurse practitioner certification exam, if given the option for your specialty, can be a difficult decision. While the exams are overall very similar, there are a few small differences that can help you make your final decision. 

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5 Fatal Nurse Practitioner Resume Flaws

I've reviewed a lot of nurse practitioner resumes over the past year and have been amazed at the number of ways there are to market yourself as an NP. Some nurse practitioners include a headshot on their CV while others opt for adding a few graphic design touches. Most choose a more traditional look. Crafting a professional, put together resume is essential in your nurse practitioner job search. It's an employer's first impression of you. What resume qualities get your job search process started off on the wrong foot?

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These Midwest PA Programs Don't Have a Direct Patient Care Admissions Requirement

Thinking about becoming a physician assistant? What you may or may not know is that many schools require that PA program applicants have a background in providing direct patient care. This requirement may mean that you cannot apply to physician assistant schools unless you have thousands of hours of healthcare experience under your belt. For many aspiring PAs, the direct patient care requirement is prohibitive in furthering one's career. Fortunately, there are a handful of schools in each region of the country accepting applications from PAs to-be without a patient care background. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Out-of-State?

As a nurse practitioner, I've called in a prescription for a patient out of state a time or two. Patients traveling who neglected to pack necessary medications call the office requesting a refill locally. Practicing within an hour of a state border, a handful of my even patients reside across state lines. Scope of practice regulations vary from state to state making it difficult for nurse practitioners to know where they stand when it comes to practicing and prescribing in different locations. Is it allowable for NPs to prescribe out of state?

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11 Gotta Have 'Em Back to School Tees for Nurse Practitioners

I've made a habit of purchasing funny tees for the various seasons of the year, holidays, and other events. Something about having an "I'm just here for the boos" pullover for Halloween, or a "Too cool for British rule" tee for the 4th makes the day all the more enjoyable. While back to school season is exciting, for nurse practitioner students it can also mean a mountain of dread. So, why not conquer your next essay writing weekend or library cram session while wearing an outfit that makes you smile?

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Show Me the Money! 9 Scholarships for NP Students

How are you planning to pay for nurse practitioner school? Most NP programs come with a pretty hefty price tag. So, if you're planning to further your nursing education, you'll need to look into your options when it comes to financing your tuition. Taking out loans is popular among nurse practitioner students, and it often the most practical way to fund your NP program experience. Don't forget, however, loans must be repaid with interest. Investing a little time and energy into supplementing your loan package with scholarships decreases the amount you'll owe come graduation. 

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10 Things To Do If You Haven't Landed a NP Job by Graduation

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program seems like a light at the end of the tunnel. Until, that is, you realize you are unemployed and face a mountain of student loan debt. Your classmates all seem to be signing employment agreements before receiving a diploma, causing job search anxiety to mount. Where are you going wrong with your search? How might you become a stronger applicant for nurse practitioner jobs?

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MMU: New Nurse Practitioner Residency Timeline

If you haven't yet heard of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU), the program is essentially MidlevelU's version of a nurse practitioner residency. MMU matches new grads and less experienced NPs with facilities serving medically underserved populations across the country. This fall, our inaugural MMU class members will each head off to to start practicing in their sites, from South Carolina to California and everywhere in between. If you're interested in the possibility of participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, we've got good news for you. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 8.19.16

Happy Friday, folks! I hope your week has been a good one. The post-vacation blah's struck me hard this week making it difficult to get motivated. There's always next week, right? Just as the "I'm so glad to be back in town" feeling is abating, I'm heading away again for a girl's getaway in Chattanooga, TN. While the town is just two hours from where I live, I've never actually visited. So, I'm looking forward to a few days of exploration ahead. If you're looking to shake some Friday boredom, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

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