Cardiology Certifications for NPs That Don't Require Another Degree

...because you've been in school long enough

I received an excellent question from a nurse practitioner this weekend. This particular NP reached out about programs that allow nurse practitioners to receive specialty education or acknowledge specialty experience without returning to school for an additional degree. Most nurse practitioner programs offer broad education tracks rather than subspecialty education. So, NPs with focused interests are left to blaze their own trail toward further specialization. 

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Do Redheads Really Require More Lidocaine?

So, is it fact or fiction? Are redheads really more resistant to anesthetic compared to the rest of the population? In a recent suturing and office procedures training session I attended, the speaker mentioned that redheads may require a greater amount of subcutaneous lidocaine for these procedures than other patients. Curious as to the veracity of this claim, I decided to do a little research. 

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6 Healthcare Halloween Costume Ideas for NPs

Spooked about what you'll wear this October 31st? Choosing a Halloween costume can be somewhat of a stressful chore, especially for busy nurse practitioners. But if you received an invitation to a fun party after-hours or your practice has decided collectively to dress up on the day of, you definitely don’t want to be the odd-NP out. Showing up for a Halloween party without a costume can get awkward, fast. If you’re fresh out of ideas and need a creative outfit ASAP, check out these six costume ideas for nurse practitioners.

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Which States Have the Most Male Nurse Practitioners?

The nursing profession has a stereotype of being primarily female. And, well, data shows us that this supposition is valid. When it comes to nurses who have decided to advance their education to become nurse practitioners, however, do these stats hold up? Just how many NPs are female vs. male? The Kaiser Family Foundation collected data as it relates to gender and nurse practitioners state-by-state. Here are their findings related to the percentage of male and female nurse practitioners by geographic location. 

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Why I Started a Nurse Practitioner Residency

As a new nurse practitioner, I faced a number of challenges after graduation. One was furthering my learning. My days in the clinic were packed and while I was able to get patient care questions answered for the most part, there was little time to adequately internalize and understand this new clinical knowledge in a way I could retain. Not to mention, when I arrived home in the evenings exhausted, reading research articles and studying up on my own were out of the question. My mind by that point in the day was pretty much mush. 

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Pretty in Pink: Scrub Tops for Breast Cancer Awareness

Could your scrub game use some variety? October is the perfect time to have a little fun with work wear if you're a nurse practitioner. Not only is it time to pull out those fall and winter scrub picks you've got stashed away in the back of your closet, it's an excuse to add some pizazz to everyday duds. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, go pink to support the cause. Whether you're into solids and basics, making a statement, or all-over graphics, we've selected our scrub top awareness faves for NPs. 

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What's the Pass Rate for the Acute Care NP Certification Exam?

Whether you’re an aspiring nurse practitioner with a passion for acute care who’s just begun applying to programs or a current NP student preparing for graduation, you likely understand that the certification exam is the culmination to putting your education into practice. If you haven’t already, odds are at some point during your NP education, you’ll have a stressful thought or two about which exam to take and whether you’ll actually pass.

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4 Affordable Ways to Get Your DNP

Chatting with a nurse practitioner colleague this weekend, I learned that she is strongly considering going back to school for her DNP degree. Admittedly, I am not thinking about taking the plunge into furthering my education - at least not for now. My initial thought as we discussed her DNP plans was "Ugh...the cost!". Most nurse practitioners won't get a raise along with advancing their degree. So, the move must truly be made in the name of education or taking one's career in a new direction. 

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4 Pink Stethoscopes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking around, there's a lot of orange and black on display for Halloween, but another color is also making an appearance - pink! Yes, it's that time of year again; October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only can you as a nurse practitioner support the cause by attending an community event like a 5K for the cure, you can raise awareness in your practice. 

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How Likely are You to Pass the WHNP Certification Exam?

Naturally, if you're a women's health nurse practitioner student nearing the end of your education, you've got the national certification exam on your mind. Between coursework and clinicals, you may not have had much time to devote to studying for this all important test quite yet, but its reality looms. Adding to the pressure you feel is the fact that you can't start working in your new profession until you conquer this challenge. So, just what is the likelihood you'll pass the WHNP certification exam?

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Retirement Planning for Nurse Practitioners - At My Age?!

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP

For many of us, traditional retirement can seem like a lifetime away. In fact, if you’re 30 and plan to retire when you reach the standard 65-year mark, retirement is greater than a lifetime away! What’s more, many of you may genuinely enjoy your career and have no plans to ever fully retire. In either case, why bother thinking about retirement? Two reasons: time and freedom.

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4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Nurse Practitioner Program

If you're a nurse practitioner student, you're downright busy. From coursework to clinicals, holding down a job and making time for friends and family, you likely don't have energy left in the day for extras. You're barely making it as it is. The temptation in such circumstances can be to slide by doing the bare minimum to stay afloat. I've been there. Given all the challenges NP students face, prioritizing and focus is a must. Come graduation day, those who take steps to maximize their nurse practitioner education will be the most prepared for employment. How can you make the most of the time you spend on your NP education?

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