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The Truth about Social Media and Your NP Job Search

Will your Instagram account affect your nurse practitioner candidacy?

Whether you’re on the hunt for your first nurse practitioner job or are making a career change, you’ve undoubtedly heard your fair share of warnings about how your social media profiles can affect your chances of landing an NP position. But is it really true? Do potential employers really investigate your social media presence as part of their hiring process? 

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Can You Really Accept that Nurse Practitioner Job?

Making realistic NP career moves 

There are a wealth of opportunities out there for job-seeking nurse practitioners. From unique practice settings to distinct patient populations and geographic location, the options for your career are endless. 

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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 trails toward further specialization. 

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Six Ways to Fight a Post NP Graduation Slump

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program is a bittersweet accomplishment. On one hand you’re beyond excited to finally be done with school and eager to start your new profession as an NP. On the other hand, you may also feel overwhelmed and stressed about the uncertainty of your future now that school is over and it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice.

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3 Steps to Take If Your Supervising Physician Isn’t Cutting It

I’ve had a number of supervising physicians throughout my years as a nurse practitioner. Some I’ve looked up to. Others not so much. Some physicians have served to add bricks of clinical knowledge to my ever-growing medical foundation. Others have dodged my questions. Even if you practice in a state without a supervisory or collaborative practice requirement, as a nurse practitioner you’re going to do a lot of on-the-job learning and physicians are a natural go-to in this quest to grow your knowledge. 

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How Much Will Your RN Salary Increase as a NP?

One of the great things about the nursing profession is that there are a number of directions you can take your career. And, you can take these steps at any point. This gives seasoned and inexperienced RNs the motivation to constantly improve and advance professionally. If you're planning to further your education, due diligence is in order. In some states becoming a nurse practitioner may not mean the raise you're expecting. In other locations making the move from RN to NP pays off financially. How much more can you expect to earn by becoming a nurse practitioner in your state? 

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8 Tips to Save Nurse Practitioners from Job Search Disaster

Do you ever worry that the company currently employing you as a nurse practitioner will discover you're looking for a new job? Believe it or not, having a job while looking for another really is an ideal situation. Current employment makes you a more attractive nurse practitioner candidate as it shows to prospective employers that you are hireable and in demand; whereas searching for jobs as an unemployed NP raises questions for potential employers and puts you on the defense as to why you’re not currently in the workforce. 

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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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How Can NPs Learn LARC Insertion?

As a nurse practitioner, training to provide more services and procedures gives your career a major boost. Not only do these abilities serve your patients well, they also make you a more marketable provider and provide value in the workplace. In my own nurse practitioner career, I have enjoyed furthering my clinical and procedural skills as this also keeps me relevant, challenged and up to date with the latest in evidence-based practice. 

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Attend Our NP Residency Info Session

Are you graduating from your nurse practitioner program in 2019? If so, you've got a lot of decisions to make. Where will you work once you wrap up your NP program? How will you continue to build upon the clinical foundation you've built in school? Life as a new grad NP is overwhelming. There's uncertainty about next employment steps and a lot of "I don't know's" in the clinical setting. I understand, I've been there.

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How to Work as a Nurse Practitioner in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Over the past year or so, I've had a few nurse practitioners ask about how NPs can work in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I had never considered taking my career outside of the states to a U.S. territory. Not a bad idea... Whether it’s the lure of 133 square miles of pure tropical oasis right outside your doorstep or the opportunity to provide healthcare to a medically underserved population, practicing as a nurse practitioner in the U.S. Virgin Islands can be very appealing. And along with teaching, healthcare jobs are in constant demand as one of the USVI’s major occupations.

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6 Nurse Practitioner Specialties You've Never Heard Of

One of the great things about life as a nurse practitioner is the opportunity to branch into almost any medical specialty. Though in school, as NP students we study medicine in very general terms (i.e. "Family", "Acute Care", "Pediatrics" or "Women's Health"), out in the real world, the options are endless. As I've mentioned before, my former FNP classmates have branched into specialties from cardiology to allergy/asthma, emergency medicine, gastroenterology and more. 

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