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Should you pay off your student loans early?

Student loans are a great option for nurse practitioners who need assistance paying for their education. In some cases, it may be the only way to do so. Most have low-interest rates and affordable monthly payments spread out over a long period of time. There are also a plethora of options for making repayment more manageable. But even if the terms are easy to meet and the maturity date isn’t for another thirty years, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to pay them off as quickly as possible. By the same token, ensuring a quick payoff doesn’t mean you should sacrifice saving money each month either. So which is the priority, paying off your loans faster or building up your savings account?

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Why Your Preceptor is Failing You as a NP Student

...and Why You Should Think Differently About It 

I had an interesting conversation with a nurse practitioner student the other day. She was disappointed in her assigned preceptor. She felt like her preceptor didn't give her much autonomy in patient care and took little time to explain what she was doing and how she was making decisions. I find that dissatisfaction with preceptors is common among NP students. As an experienced NP helping out new grads, I've also seen the other side of the equation. 

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Attention NJ New Grads: NP Residency Opportunity

Alright, you don't have to be from New Jersey to apply for this nurse practitioner residency opportunity. If you're an NP (or soon-to-be) looking for an East Coast opportunity, we just might have the right fit for you. The facility offering this residency opportunity in New Jersey is looking for a new grad motivated to provide community-based, affordable and accessible health services to an underserved population. 

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Do Review Courses Actually Help You Prepare for the NP Certification Exam?

If your nurse practitioner program is wrapping up this spring or summer, you're probably (at least you should be) starting to think about your study strategy for the NP certification exam. How much and for how long will you study? When can you fit study sessions in between work and classes? Will you purchase review books? Practice tests? Or, is attending an in-person review session in order?

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4 Unexpected Sources of New Grad Anxiety

Hey, hey nurse practitioner new grads - congratulations are in order. Becoming a nurse practitioner is no easy feat and, well, you did it! While you may be donning your cap and gown this month, stress and anxiety don't go away as you walk down the steps of your university one last time (good riddance nursing school!). In fact, your worries may be just beginning. 

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Free 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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10 Things To Do If You Haven't Landed a NP Job by Graduation

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program seems like a light at the end of the tunnel. Until, that is, you realize you are unemployed and face a mountain of student loan debt. Your classmates all seem to be signing employment agreements before receiving a diploma, causing job search anxiety to mount. Where are you going wrong with your search? How might you become a stronger applicant for nurse practitioner jobs?

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4 ‘Extras’ Paying More For Your NP Education Gets You

Is the high tuition price tag of some nurse practitioner programs worth facing steep student loan payments? How does the level of education at pricier universities compare to their less expensive counterparts? Ponying up a significant amount of cash can have added benefits when it comes to your nurse practitioner education. Here’s how. 

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Here's a Unique NP Residency Opportunity in Los Angeles

Are you looking for a nurse practitioner residency out west? Are the beaches and ocean of sunny California calling your name? If Los Angeles seems attractive, we just might have a NP residency opportunity that’s right for you. 

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Are Preceptors Liable for the Actions of Nurse Practitioner Students?

We've all experienced the awkwardness of clinical learning as nurse practitioner students. Mastering the skill set required to work as an NP means practicing on real, live patients even before you are considered proficient at that skill. Anxious, you stutter and sweat as you explain the procedure to the patient, the more experienced eye (hopefully!) of your preceptor looking over your shoulder. 

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Pros and Cons of Accelerated Nurse Practitioner Programs

Recently, a MidlevelU reader posted a question on the message board inquiring about my experience in a nurse practitioner bridge program. She noted that, while I have several articles on the topic of programs for students without a background in healthcare, I hadn’t shared much about my personal experience. Guilty as charged. So, today I’ve decided to pull together my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of accelerated programs for NPs, based on my own experiences. 

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Webinar: CMP Interpretation in Primary Care

Join us for sample of what you'll learn in our nurse practitioner residency

There's always room for improvement when it comes to lab interpretation skills. I've been a nurse practitioner for 10 years now and realize everyday that there's growth potential in this area. Lab interpretation is also one thing that nurse practitioners participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved tell us they hope to learn as part of the program. 

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