Here's How Much Nurse Practitioners Earn (On Average)

Are you being paid fairly? Or, if you're thinking of becoming a nurse practitioner, how much can you expect to earn? It's pretty hard to pin exact numbers down. Some online polls show salaries that lead to dreams of a McMansion and a new car in the garage (or maybe just paying for your kids' college). Other online surveys indicate that you're probably better off keeping your job as an RN rather than making the investment of going back to school. Given the wide variety of unofficial information out there about NP salaries, we feel it's best to stick to official sources. 

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Tylenol vs. Ibuprofen: Which is Better for Fever?

Ahh, the age-old dilemma. When it comes to fever reduction, which works better - acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen? I treat a lot of patients in the emergency department for fever-causing illnesses and recommend OTC medications on a daily (or more like hourly!) basis. But, when it comes to the exact stats for these medications, it can be difficult to remember to answer patients' F.A.Q. Which is better for fever reduction - acetaminophen or ibuprofen? And, how long does each medication take to kick in?

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Should You Recommend OTC Cough and Cold Meds to Kids?

I've always been slightly confused about exactly which over the counter cough and cold medications I should recommend to my patients. There are just so many products on the market. Which ones actually work? Not to mention, it seems like the guidelines for products marketed to patients, especially in pediatrics, are ever-changing. So, what's a nurse practitioner to do?

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How Much Should You Really Borrow for Your NP Education?

Finding a way to pay for your nurse practitioner program is one of the most challenging parts of planning out your education. Though financing with student loans may be necessary, borrowing too much can really limit what you’re able to do with your nurse practitioner salary after graduation. Specifically, it can make it difficult for you to build wealth and have a solid financial future. You might even find yourself in a situation wherein you can’t repay your student loans at all. So how much should you borrow towards your NP education without getting into hot water with your future finances?

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Adult NP vs. Family NP: Which Specialty Should You Choose

Choosing your nurse practitioner specialty is a difficult decision. You are spending precious dollars to further your nursing education and don't want to make a mistake. After all, the specialty you choose to pursue significantly impacts your future job outlook. In thinking through your NP specialty options, beginning with the end in mind is a must.

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