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5 Helpful Tips for Landing an ER Nurse Practitioner Job

I get a lot of questions about my job as an emergency nurse practitioner. Many practicing and aspiring NPs are attracted to the specialty and want to know how I found my niche. It wasn't easy, but I did learn a few valuable lessons along the way. Depending on where you live, it can seem that NP jobs in the ER are few and far between. How do you navigate the market to land your dream position?

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What's the Difference Between NP Fellowships and Residencies?

Post-graduate learning opportunities for nurse practitioners are increasing in popularity. In general, these programs that help NPs transition to practice are referred to as 'fellowships' and 'residencies'. So, are there any differences between a fellowship and a residency? Why might one program fall into one category over another?

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Can a FNP Work in Psych?

There’s a lot of gray area surrounding specialties for nurse practitioners. Unlike physicians, who study very specific areas of medicine, as NPs our specialties are pretty general. ‘Acute Care’ and ‘Family’ are about as specific as it gets for us in most educational institutions. Instead, we hone our areas in practice on the job with training from an employer.

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Did You Know? The Number of Annual NP Grads has Surpassed MDs

Have you ever wondered how many NPs you’re competing with in the new grad job market? Or, have you considered the rate at which the NP profession is growing compared to that of physician assistants and physicians? If you’re a numbers kind of person, we’ve got a quick look at the data from the NP, PA and MD professions and the why behind these trends. 

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9 Ways to Overcome a Lousy Nurse Practitioner Job Market

The realization that you have just become a nurse practitioner living in a less than favorable job market is a bitter pill to swallow. As you look for a position, student loan obligations loom in the back of your mind. Not to mention, it seems totally unfair that everyone has told you throughout your career that NPs are in increasingly high demand and your job outlook is bright. What recourse do you have if you find yourself a nurse practitioner in this position?

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How to Start a Practice Without Wrecking Your Marriage

We've talked with a lot of nurse practitioner practice owners lately to get their insights on owning a business. If they all agree on one thing, it's that the life of a nurse practitioner entrepreneur is a challenging one. So, how do these NPs balance practice ownership with a personal life, particularly when it comes to marriage?

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Interview With an Oncology Nurse Practitioner

One of my best friends, college roommate and fellow nurse practitioner, Jennifer, enjoys a thriving career as an oncology NP. With eight years of experience as an oncology nurse practitioner she has worked with numerous cancer patients and held some pretty interesting jobs. For those of you considering a career as an oncology nurse practitioner or who are simply interested in the nurse practitioner profession as a whole, she has agreed to help us learn more by answering a few questions about her own experiences.

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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. 

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6 Reasons Employers Should Hire New Grad Nurse Practitioners

Many employers understandably shy away from hiring new grad nurse practitioners. The amount of teaching a fresh NP may need seems intimidating. Or, the employer may have had a negative experience with hiring new grads in the past. Regardless of the reason for the hesitation, employers may want to reconsider their position. 

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How to Become a Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur in 7 Exciting Steps

Entrepreneurial nurse practitioners often reach out to me asking how I started MidlevelU and I'm happy to share my story. Businesses get started in all different ways, but there are a few standard steps entrepreneurs usually take to get an idea off the ground. I took these in an informal sense to launch MidlevelU. Whether you're interested in opening your own clinic or starting a preceptor matching service, here's how to get moving.

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Does Working in an Independent Practice State Really Affect Your NP Job?

I've had several nurse practitioners tell me they will only work in independent practice states. That is, states whose scope of practice laws don't require nurse practitioners to be supervised by or collaborate with a physician. While I understand the position of these NPs, they are capable of treating patients without oversight, I have to wonder - does working in an independent practice state actually change what a nurse practitioner's day-to-day job looks like?

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Why Some RNs Should Expect Lower Salaries as NPs

Earlier today, I reviewed stats showing that nurses can expect to earn substantially more on average by advancing their careers. Depending on specialty, nurse practitioners earn $36,000 to $40,000 more than their RN counterparts...with a few caveats.

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