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These Psych NP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

If you're thinking about going back to school to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, there's a lot to consider as you make decisions about your education. Program flexibility, cost, and curriculum all factor in to selecting the best school for your needs. Aside from these more obvious factors, we also suggest prospective nurse practitioners look at the way schools structure clinical placements as well as at the success rate of the program's grads on the national nurse practitioner certification exam. 

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8 Brainy Study Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

As a nurse practitioner student, I would often create my own study mnemonics. My efforts were met with varied rates of success. At times, my attempts resulted in such hair-brained sentences that I couldn't recall the mnemonic itself come test time, much less what it's words represented. Ultimately, I opted for tried and true memory tools recommended by instructors and other students. Final exams are just around the corner, so if you're a nurse practitioner student consider adding the following neurology mnemonics to your test taking strategy. 

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6 Profitable Side Hustles for Strapped NP Students

How's your 2018 budget looking? If you're a nurse practitioner student, making ends meet financially while keeping your sanity is no easy task. Sure, you could maintain full-time employment as a nurse while you work on your NP degree, but between work, clinicals and classroom time you'll quickly get burned out. You could also take an extended break from employment to focus on your education, but for many nurse practitioner students this isn't an option. So, how can you make some extra cash while still having time for your education when you're in NP school?

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Best Blog Posts for NP Students of 2017

Happy New Year's Eve! What do you have planned for this evening? With a new baby at home my energy for festivities isn't quite as high as usual, so we plan on a low-key celebration with close friends and family here in Nashville. But, before popping open a bottle of bubbly, I want to continue with the week's blog theme - a look back at 2017. So, without further ado, here are MidlevelU's top blog posts for nurse practitioner students this year. 

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This Year's Favorite Posts for New Grad NPs

Yes, it's that time of year again. It's time for "Top 10" and "Best Of" lists memorializing the past year. Here at MidlevelU, we're not ones to miss out on the trend. Yesterday we looked at the top salary posts for nurse practitioners in 2017. Today, we are featuring information for NP new grads. Kicking off your nurse practitioner career isn't easy but these favorite posts from 2017 should help. 

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Body Language Hacks for New Grad Nurse Practitioners

Historically my posture has been pretty terrible. Unless I really think about it, I walk around shoulders hunched and head down my body taking on the contour of a 90 year old woman with osteoporosis. My look screams "lack of confidence" and "submissive". Over the past few years, however I have discovered the importance of making changes to my stance and experiencing the positive effects of tweaking my posture. 

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Is this Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Adventure for You?

As I neared graduation from my nurse practitioner program, I longed for an adventure. A packed graduate school schedule and limited student budget had effectively squashed hopes of an exotic vacation during NP school, so I looked for ways to get out of town while launching my nurse practitioner career. 

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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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Money-Saving Apps for NP Students on a Budget

With the holiday season upon us, there's one thing most of us are thinking about in addition to festivities and cheer - finances. If you're a nurse practitioner student, the importance of budgeting is heightened. With student loans accruing and the student budget lifestyle ever on your mind, the holidays can be anxiety provoking from an NP student's standpoint. Fortunately, there are a number of apps out there to help nurse practitioner students budget and save those precious dollars. Here are a few of our faves. 

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Did You Miss the Live MMU Info Session?

Watch the recording to learn more about this residency-like program for NPs and PAs

If you missed yesterday's live Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info session, no problem. We're posting a video of the meeting so you don't miss out on learning more about this learning experience of a lifetime for new nurse practitioners. 

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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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3 Things You'll Learn at 'What's Up with Primary Care Emergencies?!'

It's almost mid-November and with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I also get the feeling that the year is winding down. Once Thanksgiving week comes, the holiday season takes over and it's all I can do to squeeze in work, shopping, social engagements and all that comes with Christmas time. But, before holiday madness and distractions take over, I plan to get a few productive works weeks in and do some planning to get myself organized in preparation for 2018. 

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