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Are Nurse Practitioner School Rankings Accurate?

Are you looking for the right nurse practitioner program? If you're anything like me, part of your NP school search involves looking at rankings. You've checked out which universities position their nurse practitioners for the highest levels of success, at least as far as you can tell. You've weighed the quality of each program compared with the price tag of attendance. But, how accurate is the information you're finding online, especially when it comes to NP program rankings?

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5 Mistakes New NPs Make After Graduation

Congratulations graduates! You should be feeling proud of yourself if you're wrapping up your nurse practitioner program this month. Earning a masters or doctorate degree is not an easy accomplishment and you did it! While your NP program was a structured experience, now that you've graduated, your next steps are wide open. Some nurse practitioners I talk with find themselves paralyzed with indecision when they're released from school obligations. Others aren't quite sure where to get started. Make sure you succeed in your hard-earned career by avoiding these common mistakes. 

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Last Minute Tips for NPs Taking Their Boards

It's that time of year again. Yes, graduation season is here. While for many graduates, finishing up school means breathing a sigh of relief, for nurse practitioners the feeling is much different. Graduation brings a host of challenges to work through like securing employment, applying for a license to practice and most of all taking boards (also known as the certification exam). 

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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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Do Employers Look at Your GPA for a Nurse Practitioner Job?

If you're a nurse practitioner student this year, finals season is probably looming on the horizon. The pressure to study is mounting and anxiety-filled review sessions are imminent. But, will all the stress really matter once you've graduated and are looking for your first nurse practitioner job? How much do employers really care about your grades?

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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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New eBook! Licensing Guide for New Grad NPs

As we round the corner to graduation season, we've got new grad NPs on the brain here at MidlevelU HQ. One thing we hear a lot from readers is that the licensing process can be pretty difficult to navigate for new graduate nurse practitioners. It seems like every time you turn the corner there's more paperwork to fill out or a different designation to apply for. Having been through the NP licensing process myself I understand where you're coming from. 

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A Key Perspective for NP Students in Clinicals

Last week one of the speakers at our MMU kickoff made an interesting point as part of her presentation. She mentioned that a professor in nurse practitioner school told her that "clinicals are as much about learning what not to do as they are about learning what to do". This stuck with me as it was a perspective I hadn't previously considered. 

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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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Join Our Live Nurse Practitioner Residency Info Session!

What are your plans for Thursday, April 12th at Noon CST? This very important date is not only my husband's birthday (we're getting so old!), it's also the date of our live Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) info session. MMU is the learning adventure of a lifetime. Not only does the program match participants with clinics that helps out underserved patients, it assures that their first year of practice will take place in a supported environment with a supplemental clinical education. If you're a nurse practitioner considering doing a residency this year, we hope you'll attend to learn more

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5 Helpful Pocket Orthopedic Guides for Nurse Practitioners

Diagnosing orthopedic symptoms can be tricky. X-rays, for example, don't tell you a lot about tendons and ligaments that are often responsible for joint pain. More advanced testing, like MRI, is costly, and often requires prior authorization from insurance companies leading to a delay in treatment. While there are a number of clinical orthopedic exam maneuvers that indicate the exact type of injury and help lead nurse practitioners to a diagnosis, the specifics of these exam techniques can be difficult to recall on the spot. 

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What to Do if You Missed Out On a Nurse Practitioner Residency

A practical education option for new grads

New nurse practitioners face a difficult path. While we learn a lot in our NP programs, the learning curve is steep when we get out into practice. Those first years on the job can be quite anxiety provoking. Not to mention, residencies and post graduate learning opportunities for nurse practitioners are few and far between. So, what do you do if you're a new grad who could use a clinical boost?

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