How Do You Deal With a Bad Clinical Placement?

I quickly became frustrated with one of my first nurse practitioner program clinical placements. Working alongside a physician in his solo, small town family practice clinic seemed like the ideal place to learn. But, then, I realized he accepted nurse practitioner students as a way to get more help running his clinic- and I don't mean when it came to diagnosing and treating patients.

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5 Words of Wisdom for NP Moms Who Need Encouragement

Without a doubt, being a mom is a wonderful blessing that you wouldn’t trade for the world. It’s one hundred percent true what they say, the love you have for your children is unlike anything you’ve ever felt before. To be perfectly honest, though, parenting is hard. Toppled with the added pressure to also be a great healthcare provider for your patients, as you kiss your baby goodnight one last time and quietly close their bedroom door, on most nights you trudge down the hall feeling physically and emotionally drained. 

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9 Hidden Costs of Nurse Practitioner School Graduation

If you are graduating from your nurse practitioner program this summer, congratulations! You made it! Launching your NP career is an exciting time, but also one filled with anxiety-provoking logistics. Where will you work? How much will you be paid? How do you balance interviewing at multiple facilities? While most nurse practitioners are familiar with the steps of the licensing and job search process, many neglect to consider how much the ordeal will cost. And, yes, it is pricey. 

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How Tough is Passing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam?

If you're a pediatric nurse practitioner student, chance are you're already thinking about the certification exam you'll take when you graduate. Once you've secured your diploma, taking the 'boards' is the next step on the road to eligibility for practice. 

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Creative Date Night Ideas for Cash-Strapped NP Students

Are you and your spouse long overdue for a date night? If you’re a busy nurse practitioner student, committing to regularly scheduled date nights with your significant other can feel impossible to do. And costly. Before you know it, you look back at your calendar to find it’s literally been six months since the last time the two of you had a night out. 

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