How to Find a Job as a New Nurse Practitioner Graduate

Congrats- you've survived your nurse practitioner program. Now it's time to put your education to work. Finding a job as a new NP grad can be a daunting task. It almost feels as if your nursing career has taken a step back as you are once again forced to into newbie status. Your resume doesn't boast any experience to the role for which you are applying and employers seem hesitant to hire. 

Continue reading

6 Steps to Job Shadowing a Nurse Practitioner Like a Boss

By MidlevelU Intern and Aspiring NP Ashley Prince

If you're like me then you have probably heard that shadowing a nurse practitioner is essential to your graduate school application at least one hundred times. You can also rattle off why it's crucial like a robot. Unfortunately though, it can be difficult to find a nurse practitioner job shadowing opportunity. 

Continue reading

6 West Coast FNP Programs to Check Out Right Now

From the rocky shores of Washington State to the sandy beaches of SoCal, the West Coast understandably attracts nurse practitioner students from across the country. What's not to like about attending an NP program near the refreshing waters of the Pacific, where outdoor lovers, beach bums, and some of the brightest healthcare minds in the country converge? If you're looking for a family nurse practitioner program on the Left Coast, check out these six standout picks. 

Continue reading

How to Ask for a Raise as a Nurse Practitioner

Talking about money is awkward. Especially when your boss is on the other end of the conversation. As a nurse practitioner, you may feel that your salary is not longer competitive in the job market, or, that your skill set has increased making you a more profitable asset to your practice. Regardless of the reason you believe you’re due a salary increase, thinking through how you will approach the ask is essential to your success. The following pointers will help you navigate the process of asking for a raise in your nurse practitioner job. 

Continue reading

Can Nurse Practitioners Text Patient Care Orders?

Have you ever texted about a patient? In the emergency department where I work, texting can be an easy way to consult with a specialist or send an image of a patient's X-ray, lab results or even chief complaint. But, is this legal? What are the implications of texting about patient care?

Continue reading

Washington's Teeth and Lincoln's 'Melancholia': Health Problems of U.S. Presidents

The public image of (most of) our nation's leaders is so skillfully upheld that we often think them immune to common medical issues. Did you ever seen Obama smoke in public? Or deliver a televised speech with a nasally voice while suffering from the common cold? I didn't. It turns out that many of our country's leaders have endured some serious health scares, often in secret.

Continue reading

This Nurse Practitioner Turned Her Love of Travel Into a Business

When she first began her career as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Nancy Dirubbo’s initial goal was not to own her own practice. Now nearly four decades later, she finds herself having owned three successful businesses as an NP entrepreneur, her first of which is now one of the oldest nurse practitioner owned and operated primary care practices in the United States. 

Continue reading

How to Drop Off a Nurse Practitioner Resume In-Person

Live in a tough nurse practitioner job market? If so, an on-the-ground job search may be in order. What is on-the-ground job search, you say? In tough job markets, nurse practitioners must employ all tactics at their disposal to land a coveted NP position. This includes stepping away from filling out online applications on a laptop and visiting prospective employers in person. 

Continue reading

4 ‘Extras’ Paying More For Your NP Education Gets You

Is the high tuition price tag of some nurse practitioner programs worth facing steep student loan payments? How does the level of education at pricier universities compare to their less expensive counterparts? Ponying up a significant amount of cash can have added benefits when it comes to your nurse practitioner education. Here’s how. 

Continue reading

6 Fun Supplies for NPs Who Spend Too Much Time in the Kitchen

Does anyone else feel like they spend the majority of their time at work or in the kitchen? Between brewing my morning cup-a-Joe, cramming down a quick breakfast, prepping a lunch, whipping up dinner and washing dishes, I've grown to feel like the kitchen is one of my primary locales these days. Now this isn't a problem, I'm actually really fond of cooking and especially fond of eating, but it does mean that I like to keep the place clean and well stocked. 

Continue reading

Last Chance to Register for Our Nashville CE Conference!

Yes, you should have FOMO...

If you haven't heard (where have you been?!), here at MidlevelU, we're hosting our first ever continuing education conference for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. We can't wait to meet you live and in person! If you haven't registered yet to attend, there are still a few days left to sign up. Don't delay - space is limited. 

Continue reading

How This FNP Became a Psychiatric Practice Owner

Continuing with our series on nurse practitioner entrepreneurs, this past week I had the opportunity to chat with Family Nurse Practitioner and practice owner Cymande Baxter-Rogers.

Continue reading

Pages