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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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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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3 Things I Learned from My NP New Grad Job Search Experience

By Guest Contributor Justin Groce, AGNP-C

So, you’ve just graduated from your nurse practitioner program? Congrats! I wrapped up NP school and officially entered the job market in 2015. I quickly discovered there are some highs and lows for new grad NPs when it comes to the job search. If you’re a new nurse practitioner graduate this year, here are three tips based on my personal experiences.

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What's the Pass Rate for the Acute Care NP Certification Exam?

Passing the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam is the key to entering practice if you're graduating from your ACAGNP program this year. It's standing between you and employment (i.e. a paycheck)...no pressure. If you haven’t already, odds are at some point, you’ll have a stressful thought or two about which exam to take and whether you’ll actually pass. What do the stats say about your decision?

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Cardiology Certifications for NPs That Don't Require Another Degree

...because you've been in school long enough

I received an excellent question from a nurse practitioner this weekend. This particular NP reached out about programs that allow nurse practitioners to receive specialty education or acknowledge specialty experience without returning to school for an additional degree. Most nurse practitioner programs offer broad education tracks rather than subspecialty education. So, NPs with focused interests are left to blaze their own trails toward further specialization. 

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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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The Inside Scoop on Financial Aid for NP Students

I'm certainly not an accountant, but I'm not bad with numbers either. I can plan and maintain a budget (unless I find myself at Nordstrom...), and make appropriate decisions regarding my finances. Despite my personal financial know-how, reviewing financial aid options for nurse practitioner students makes me cringe. 

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4 Cold, Hard Truths in Your First Nurse Practitioner Job

The excitement of graduating from your NP program and eager anticipation of starting your first nurse practitioner job (i.e. finally getting a paycheck!), probably have you feeling like you're in a pretty good spot. And, you are. Congratulations on this step in your career are certainly in order. Personally, once I actually started my job, things took a turn for the worse. I found that starting my first NP job was an eye-opening reality check. 

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The Emotional Stages of Life as a New Grad Nurse Practitioner

I distinctly recall learning about the stages of grief during a psychiatric rotation in my nursing program. Having experienced the recent death of a family member, I identified with the content, and was impressed that the textbook outline of the grieving process was so spot on. The emotional stages of a new grad nurse practitioner are much different than those of the grief process (thank goodness!), however, for most NPs, new grad emotions come in a somewhat predictable pattern. 

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Is There a Nurse Practitioner to Physician Assistant Track?

Interestingly, I've had a number of individuals ask about transitioning from the nurse practitioner to the physician assistant profession or vice versa. Returning to the academic setting to complete the full education requirements to become a PA seems unnecessary if you're already a nurse practitioner since the two professions practice so similarly. So, is there a fast track for nurse practitioners who want to become physician assistants? What about the other way around?

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Attend Our NP Residency Info Session

Are you graduating from your nurse practitioner program in 2019? If so, you've got a lot of decisions to make. Where will you work once you wrap up your NP program? How will you continue to build upon the clinical foundation you've built in school? Life as a new grad NP is overwhelming. There's uncertainty about next employment steps and a lot of "I don't know's" in the clinical setting. I understand, I've been there.

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