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4 Affordable Ways to Get Your DNP

Chatting with a nurse practitioner colleague this weekend, I learned that she is strongly considering going back to school for her DNP degree. Admittedly, I am not thinking about taking the plunge into furthering my education - at least not for now. My initial thought as we discussed her DNP plans was "Ugh...the cost!". Most nurse practitioners won't get a raise along with advancing their degree. So, the move must truly be made in the name of education or taking one's career in a new direction. 

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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 year. 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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Nurse Practitioner Residency Opportunity in Oregon

Are you looking for a nurse practitioner residency? If so, this week’s featured facility is a great fit for the NP looking to live out west while building a clinical foundation for the nurse practitioner career. This residency opportunity is at an FQHC located in beautiful southern Oregon. Tucked tightly away in a valley situated between four national forests, one national park and a breathtaking two-hour scenic drive to the coast, this facility is the pinnacle location for the outdoor adventurer. 

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Unexpected Challenges of Working as a New Grad NP

This morning I was engaged in a discussion with one of our Midlevels for the Medically Underserved cohorts. This group of new grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants has been working in the primary care setting for about six months now so has a little practice experience under their belts. As we were talking, several themes emerged in the conversation. There were a number of challenges facing these novice NPs that they hadn't anticipated. 

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The Worst Thing NPs Can Say in a New Grad Job Interview

Okay, okay, so there are a lot of 'worst' things you could do in a new grad nurse practitioner job interview. You could lug your infant in a car seat along with you, sparking immediate childcare concerns in the minds of a prospective employer. You could come dressed for an afternoon at the beach, in flip flops and cut-off denim shorts. You could cuss. A lot. But, assuming you've got the basics of job interview protocol and professionalism down, there is still one big mistake less experienced nurse practitioners make in the quest for employment. 

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FNP Acceptance Rates: Schools of the South

In case you missed it, we reached out to over 200 family nurse practitioner programs nationwide to gauge acceptance rates. Although some programs weren’t as forthcoming in providing their metrics, many did provide great insight and advice for future FNPs looking to apply. Bringing our series to a close, here’s what programs in the south had to say.

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FNP Program Acceptance Rates for Western Schools

Applying to FNP programs can be a little nerve-wracking. Even if you meet all of the application criteria, you may still be left wondering how likely it is that you’ll be accepted into your program of choice and how many other programs you should apply to as a backup plan in case you don’t get accepted. Continuing with our series on family nurse practitioner acceptance rates, here is a look at how programs across the western region of the country measure up.

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How Likely Are You to Get Into an East Coast FNP Program?

From ivy leagues to smaller, private colleges, the east coast boasts a plethora of highly sought after family nurse practitioner programs. Continuing with our series on acceptance rates, here’s what faculty at east coast schools had to say about the likelihood of being accepted into their masters FNP programs.

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FNP Program Acceptance Rates: Midwest Schools

Looking at acceptance rates for nurse practitioner programs can be a little intimidating at first glance. Because the rate depends greatly on how many seats there are each semester versus the number of applications received, however, a low acceptance rate shouldn’t deter your from still applying to your programs of choice, especially if you meet or exceed the program’s admission criteria.

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How Do You Become a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner?

During some downtime at work this afternoon, several nurses and I were discussing our need for some Botox...STAT.  Our love of sunshine seems to be catching up with us resulting in unsightly, premature forehead wrinkles.  Ultimately, we decided the solution to our problem was for these nurses to go back to school and become dermatology nurse practitioners.  But how?

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F.A.Q.s About Becoming an Emergency Nurse Practitioner

As a nurse practitioner in the emergency department I get asked a lot of questions about my job and my career path because, well, my job is pretty sweet. Yes, it is a job. But, when it comes to working, life as an ER NP is a pretty good gig. There is a lot of confusion in the nurse practitioner community about how to land a position working in the emergency department and what this process looks like. So, today I'll address some frequently asked questions to help clarify the confusion. 

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How Long Will You Feel Overwhelmed as a New Grad Nurse Practitioner?

Does new grad nurse practitioner life have you feeling frantic? Overwhelmed? Stressed out? Doubting your career decision? No matter the number of years you have worked as a nurse, or the caliber of the NP program you attended, it's inevitable that you'll experience these feelings as you begin your nurse practitioner career. You may even feel this way as a more experienced NP in a new setting. When can you expect to feel ease in your new role?

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