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How Much Must NPs Earn to Offset Childcare Costs?

It’s true what everyone says; having a child brings a type of love into your life that you’ve never known before. No matter how much you may love your career as a nurse practitioner, returning to work after having a baby is no easy fete. Understandably, you don’t want just anyone looking after your child; leaving your baby in the hands of a caregiver you trust certainly makes the mental battle easier. Unfortunately, child care is a big expense and one that begs the question- just how much do you need to make in order to offset the cost and is it more financially savvy for one parent to stay home instead?

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How Much Do You Need to Work to Maintain NP Certification?

Ten years in to my nurse practitioner career, I've started to notice a trend among my former NP school classmates. We aren't working as much. Many of us have young children and spouses who have simultaneously become more established in their careers. So, many have transitioned from 'pick up every shift possible to pay the mortgage' mode to an 'its not worth it to work weekends' mindset. But, while many nurse practitioners I'm connected with are taking a step back, they still want to maintain their licensure and certification. 

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5 Key Mistakes Women Make in Their NP Careers

As a nurse practitioner I initially assumed that my career path was pretty well laid out for me and that there wasn't much room for advancement or therefore novel career advice. But, then I read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. The book discusses setbacks and mistakes Sandberg often sees women make in their careers from her own high-powered viewpoint and unexpectedly struck a chord with me. 

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My Sanity-Saving Realization for Working NP Moms

Is there a third role lurking in your life?

I was speaking at a conference when an attendee raised her hand and asked how I balance my work as a nurse practitioner with motherhood. The question took me a bit off guard as I do better in situations where I have time to contemplate rather than those on-the-spot kinds of moments. 

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8 Back-to-School Survival Tips for Busy NP Parents

The back-to-school season is once again upon us! In many ways, a new school year is an exciting time for both kids and parents as it presents a fresh, new chapter waiting to be written. After what seemed like an eternal summer, the kids are finally back into a routine and order is once again established in your home. Not to mention, what parent doesn’t love scrolling through Insta, seeing the first day of school photos of their friends’ children? 

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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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6 Lessons Learned as a New Working Mom

A month-by-month summary

I strive to make MidlevelU a well-rounded resource for nurse practitioners and physician assistants and 6 months ago motherhood suddenly became a game-changing part of my life. So, I thought I would share a little bit about my experience. The transition has actually been much easier than I anticipated but new challenges do crop up with each new phase of my son's life. So, if you're a new mom or parent-to-be, here are a few takeaways from my experience so far that I hope will help you dive in to life as a working parent

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Maternity and Paternity Leave for Nurse Practitioners? What You Need to Know

By Labor and Employment Attorney Jennifer Lankford

Welcoming a new member to your family is an exciting time! Unfortunately, I see all too often how excitement gives way to anxiety as moms and dads to be begin to worry about returning to work after baby.  Once the daycare arrangements are made and a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” lands soundly on the nightstand, the next call is to me – “What maternity leave am I entitled to? 

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(Moderately) Successful Attempts to Overcome Guilt from a New NP Mom

I'm a whopping 7 weeks in to life as a working mom. I anticipated that balancing my nurse practitioner career with motherhood might present a challenge at times. And, I was right. What I couldn't predict was exactly how I'd feel when I left my baby boy in the morning for work and he looked at me sweetly with those big blue eyes as I handed him over to the babysitter. 

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