Can FNPs Work in Hospital and Specialty Settings?

Ahhh...the age old question. Are family nurse practitioners allowed to work in the hospital setting? The scope of practice for FNPs is a big gray area and one that's often subject to debate. When it comes to accepting a position, if you're an FNP, can you sign on with a hospital?

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The Average CRNA Salary, By State

To conclude our state-by-state salary series for advanced practice providers, today we'll focus on CRNAs. Nurses I talk with that are interested in advancing their careers typically look at two paths, becoming a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. The NP vs. CRNA decision is a big one for these nurses and naturally, salary is a consideration in this equation. Just how much can nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists expect to earn? Last week we checked out compensation for NPs by state. Today, we'll look at the average CRNA salary across the country. 

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Our New Program Helps Recent Grads...Thrive

I am SO excited to announce today that MidlevelU is rolling out a new program for advanced practice providers. Why, you ask? Based on my own experience as a nurse practitioner, the transition from being in a NP program to actual practice is a tough one. While my nurse practitioner program gave me a solid clinical foundation, in my first job I still had a lot to learn. Providers I worked with didn't have enough time in their days to train, educate and mentor me to help fill gaps in my knowledge. This made for a frustrating first work experience. So, here at MidlevelU we decided to do something about it. Enter ThriveAP

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State-by-State Nurse Practitioner Salary Guide

If there's one thing on the minds of nurse practitioners I talk with, it's compensation. NPs that are currently employed want to make sure they're being paid fairly. Nurse practitioners on the job hunt are curious about competitive wages. And, aspiring NPs are calculating what kind of lifestyle they can expect as they embark on a new career path. 

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These Southern FNP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

Alright, we're wrapping up our series on family nurse practitioner programs boasting a 100% passing rate on the national certification exam. Why have we spent so much time featuring these schools? If you're interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, part of that process will be passing a national certification exam. The quality of the education you receive in your NP program influences how likely you are to pass this all important test.

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Here's the Average Physician Assistant Pay, By State

Scope of practice laws, specialty, setting, experience and geographic location are the most important factors that determine physician assistant compensation. Laws in some states, for example, limit utility of PAs in that region keeping compensation low. In contrast, other states may allow physician assistants a high degree of autonomy making them more valuable in practice - so, they command higher salaries.

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Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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5 Reasons Nurse Practitioners Get Fired (and How to Avoid Them)

Fortunately, most nurse practitioners don't need to think about getting the axe. Overall, we're a hard-working, devoted crowd that takes our jobs seriously. But, what if you and your employer don't see eye-to-eye about your performance? The truth is that  as at-will employees we can be fired at any time. If you're following through on your responsibilities as an NP, this doesn't usually happen. But, let's look at the reasons it could - and talk about how to avoid these pitfalls. 

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5 Western NP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

If you haven't noticed, we're talking certification pass rates here on MidlevelU this week. If you're applying to nurse practitioner schools, why should you care? Essentially, once you graduate from your NP program, you'll have to take a national, standardized certification exam to prove that you learned enough to qualify to practice as a NP. Attending a school with a high NP certification pass rate means that you're prepared to practice. Think twice about attending a school whose students don't fare so well on the national certification exam. 

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Which Region of the U.S. Has the Highest PA Salary?

If you're a physician assistant or thinking about becoming one, salary is undoubtedly a major consideration in your career choices. The setting, specialty and geographic location where you practice all make a difference in how much you'll earn. While practicing as a PA isn't all about the Benjamin's, its important to make sure you're being paid appropriately for the work you do. Not to mention, you've probably got some student loan debt to pay off. So, in which region of the country do physician assistants earn the most?

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East Coast FNP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

Attending an elite family nurse practitioner program can be alluring. From prestigious ivy leagues to private religious institutions, the East Coast region is home to some of the United States’ oldest and most exclusive schools. Before you jump the gun based on the name of the school itself, it’s important to consider a few other stats beforehand. Perhaps one of the most important considerations is how likely you’ll be the pass the NP certification exam. 

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Partnership Expands Your Nurse Learning Opportunities

By Susan Wallace, Nursing Student

A highly competent nursing workforce is a fundamental element for an efficient healthcare system. However, there have been concerns revolving around poor quality nursing care and inadequate competencies among nursing students and nurses across the globe. Nursing stakeholders have produced anecdotal notes showing significant shortfalls in nursing education.

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