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Primary Care (+ ER) NP Residency Available in Wyoming

Are you looking for a real career adventure? Today's featured NP residency opportunity pairs a truly unprecedented learning experience with a unique lifestyle offering. If you're the kind of nurse practitioner who dreams of working in remote or rural environments, the kinds of places where the primary care provider still rounds on the hospital floor and helps-out in the emergency department, this is the opportunity for you. Our ThriveAP+ program is partnering with a Wyoming clinic and hospital to provide a residency-like job for one new graduate or an NP with experience looking to take their career to the next level. For nurse practitioners interested in rural medicine, this opportunity provides the perfect foundation. 

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When Should You Apply for a Nurse Practitioner Residency or Fellowship?

With a number of program options out there, it can be difficult to get a grasp on just how to get your foot in the door for a nurse practitioner residency or fellowship. If you've decided that these post-graduate employment opportunities are the next best step to kickstart your career, how far in advance do you need to apply? 

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Why You Shouldn't Wait to Get Your NP License

Procrastinators and penny-pinchers take note!

I've talked before about the expenses associated with nurse practitioner graduation (here are the 9 hidden costs). From the $731 you'll need to shell out for a DEA number to a few hundred dollars here and there for various licenses and certifications, the financial burden of finishing your NP program is real. As a result, it's tempting to delay applying for these licenses until you land post-graduate employment. This way an employer may cover or at least reimburse you for some of these expenses, right?! 

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The Monthly Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Student Loans

How much do you need to budget for loan repayment? 

If you're thinking through the logistics of furthering your nursing education, cost is, of course, a significant consideration. Can you afford to become a nurse practitioner? What will your lifestyle look like if you need to take out a substantial amount in student loans? Yesterday I looked at the actual cost of the NP education taking student loan interest into account. Today, let's look at this number in a manner more conducive to financial planning, your anticipated monthly student loan payment. 

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7 Ways to Make Sure Your NP School Isn't a Diploma Mill

I've written before about the number of online nurse practitioner programs cropping up across the country. While online education can mean an affordable, flexible way to advance your nursing carer it also brings questions about quality. Will employers value an online NP degree as highly as one attained at a bricks and mortar institution. Will you fare well as a student without face-to-face relationships with classmates and professors?

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NP Residency Application 2020 is Here!

Are you wrapping up your nurse practitioner program in 2020? While donning your cap and gown may seem like a distant event, graduation isn't that far away and it's not too soon to start thinking about your next steps. Finding and working in your first nurse practitioner job can seem like a daunting task. While your clinicals will give you a medical foundation, there's still a long way to go post-graduation to make your clinical skill set robust and efficient. Enter nurse practitioner residencies. 

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5 ECG Interpretation Courses for Nurse Practitioners

Mastering the art of ECG interpretation is tough. Reading ECGs proficiently is a skill that takes practice and fine tuning over time. Nurse practitioners working in some environments may not see ECGs everyday making it even more difficult to hone these skills. Fortunately for NPs, there are several organizations offering ECG interpretation focused courses and conferences. If your ECG interpretation skills leave room for improvement, check out these continuing medical education courses to get you up to speed. 

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How Long Does it Take to Get an Additional Nurse Practitioner Specialty?

One of the most appealing things about entering the nurse practitioner profession is that there are a variety of specialties to choose from. But, what happens if a few years into your practice you discover that your chosen specialty may not be the right fit for you?

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Are Patients Obligated to Receive Care from NP Students?

Nurse practitioner students have it pretty tough. As an NP student you're a novice, constantly unsure of yourself, asking questions, needy and feeling out of place. Clinicals are long and demandingChallenging yourself to learn and take the knowledge you've gained in the classroom and applying it to real, live patients is never comfortable. 

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How to Become an Integrative or Holistic Nurse Practitioner

I talk with a lot of nurse practitioners who've grown frustrated with the "pills, pills, pills" mindset of so many in our culture. Our patients are looking for a quick, easy fix to their health issues. But, exercise and diet of course are the best solution for health maintenance in most people. Getting back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle can prevent the requirement for treatments like surgeries and medications and leave our patients feeling far better than supplying a pharmacologic fix to their problems. 

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7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Education

Prepared or not, your nurse practitioner education is going to cost you thousands of dollars. So, making decisions about how you plan to become an NP shouldn't be taken lightly. Putting some extra research and effort in on the front-end of your education could save you thousands of dollars of hard earned money later. Here are a few tips and tricks for managing the cost of your nurse practitioner education. 

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The Rules for Delivering Bad News to Patients

I've talked to some colleagues recently who've been a little down about their roles as nurse practitioners. Working in family practice, they have found themselves in the position of delivering bad or upsetting news to their patients. Cancer diagnoses were fortunately made rather than missed, but letting a patient know they've got a serious, life-altering illness or condition is tough, not to mention, this is not something most of us as NPs learn to do in school. 

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