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Here's How Much Nurse Practitioners Earn (On Average)

Are you being paid fairly? Or, if you're thinking of becoming a nurse practitioner, how much can you expect to earn? It's pretty hard to pin exact numbers down. Some online polls show salaries that lead to dreams of a McMansion and a new car in the garage (or maybe just paying for your kids' college). Other online surveys indicate that you're probably better off keeping your job as an RN rather than making the investment of going back to school. Given the wide variety of unofficial information out there about NP salaries, we feel it's best to stick to official sources. 

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How Tough is Passing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam?

If you're a pediatric nurse practitioner student, chance are you're already thinking about the certification exam you'll take when you graduate. Once you've secured your diploma, taking the 'boards' is the next step on the road to eligibility for practice. 

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Choosing an Otoscope: A How To Guide

When I was a nurse practitioner student, purchasing an otoscope came highly recommended. As an FNP student, years upon years of examining ears were in my future. An otoscope purchase was necessary, according to my clinical instructors at least. So, I hit the internet comparing costs and products with the intention of finding the best otoscope a broke nurse practitioner student could afford. 

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This Program Helps Improve Clinical Skills During the Workday

As a nurse practitioner, the expectations placed on me are high. Not only must I know how to diagnose and treat patients, I'm required to do this in an environment where my employer tracks my time and efficiency. I've got to keep billing and malpractice pressures in mind, not to mention each individual patient's preferences. Working as a NP can be tough - I found this especially true in my early years of practice. 

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Detect New Grad NP Friendliness With These Job Interview Questions

Have you seen The Devil Wears Prada? If not, head to your sofa and tune in to Netflix, now. The film falls among my favorite watch over and over again chick flicks. But, I think we can all agree the level of new grad friendliness of Andy's job as an assistant for fashionista Miranda Priestly is at an all time low. While new grad nurse practitioners aren't typically charged with Starbucks runs and tracking down unreleased copies of Harry Potter novels, new grad NPs all too often find themselves in positions that aren't supportive of their inexperience. 

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5 Questions NPs Should Ask Before Accepting a Signing Bonus

Awaiting a windfall

Congrats! You've made it far enough in the interview process that your next nurse practitioner job is in sight. Maybe you're dreaming of landing your first NP position. Or, perhaps you've got visions of a more balanced career-home life ahead with this next step. Whatever your motivation, the final part of the NP job interview process means negotiating compensation. 

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Your Productivity Bonus is Less Than Expected, What Now?

According to my employment agreement, the maximum productivity bonus I could reach in my first nurse practitioner job was somewhere around $25K. My base hourly rate plus the added bonus potential, which I obviously knew I would reach, added up to a pretty nice compensation package. A new NP grad, I had some serious plans for my $25K. Saving up for a down payment on a home and replacing my creaking, rattling, SUV were at the top of the list. 

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Evaluating Your Nurse Practitioner Benefits Package

It's worth more thank you think...

When I accepted my nurse practitioner position, I paid attention to salary alone. As a young, healthy NP, health insurance plans and premiums didn't weigh on my mind. Aware of the need to start socking away a nest egg, I considered a retirement plan beneficial but certainly not a must. Like myself, I find that many nurse practitioners I talk with are concerned primarily with salary rather than other components of a compensation package. Are we all making a huge mistake?

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3 Ways to Work Internationally as a Nurse Practitioner

This time of year, with the back to school season, I start to feel work pressures mounting. Gone are the leisurely days of summer. Productivity is all around me. "How long until we can retire to Argentina, or the South of France, or somewhere fabulously warm and beachy?" I ask my husband. No pressure. Fortunately, as nurse practitioners we may not need to wait for retirement to hit up the global scene

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I Resolved to Leave Work On Time...

…This is what I did to make it happen 

As a nurse practitioner who has worked in primary care, urgent care and emergency department settings, I can say there are a few challenges common to NPs across the board. Leaving work on time is one of them. Packed schedules have us scrambling from patient to patient with little time left for charting, reviewing lab results, and responding to questions. So, we tack these duties on to the end of our clinical day or bring them home with us. 

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How to Get Noticed for a Nurse Practitioner Job Before You Submit Your Resume

Searching for a nurse practitioner job can be a daunting process. You pull up a job search engine on your computer screen and find either an overwhelming number of opportunities to sift through, or more frustratingly, none at all. When you do reach out about posted positions, you rarely receive a reply. If you do, you are often met with a "not enough relevant experience" assessment. There's got to be a better way, right?

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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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