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Congrats! You've Got One of the Best Jobs in the U.S.

There are certainly ups and downs in the nurse practitioner career. From difficult patients to dealing with bodily fluids and administrative snafus (maybe even all in the same day), there's a reason they call it 'work'. Despite these challenges, I truly enjoy my life as an NP. I'm constantly learning, intellectually stimulated, respect my colleagues, and have avoided having a desk job - something my active self couldn't handle. Not to mention, I earn a pretty substantial salary. It turns out that there are others who think like myself and see that nurse practitioners and physician assistants have a pretty good gig. 

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What the New Tax Bill Means for Nurse Practitioners

Regardless of whether you’ve managed to avoid the headlines completely over the final months of 2017 or not, chances are that by now you are well aware that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump a few days before Christmas. The tax plan will affect taxpayers of every kind and most of the changes have already gone into effect. Just how can nurse practitioners expect to fare under the new legislation?

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How Many Nurse Practitioners are Paid Based on Productivity?

The way nurse practitioners are paid can pretty much be described as a complicated mess. Some NPs are compensated on a flat, salaried basis. Other NPs are hourly employees. Some nurse practitioners are paid based on productivity, and yet other NPs have a blended compensation structure comprised of multiple forms of compensation. 

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Tips for Landing a Nurse Practitioner Job in Your 20's

Ahhh...I can still remember those carefree weekends I experienced upon graduating from my nurse practitioner program. More drinking. Less studying. Falling in love. Outdoor concerts. Dive bars. Summer days at apartment swimming pools. I was also fortunate to land my first NP position at the age of 23. While I was certainly qualified for the job, my extracurricular activities and appearance weren't so professional. 

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Happy New Year! Get Advice for 2018 with These NP Career Posts

Did you stay awake to watch the ball drop last night? While I didn't quite make it until midnight, I did make my way from a nap on the couch into bed around twelve o'clock last night. That counts, right?! After a home cooked Italian feast and a couple glasses of champagne, my chances of staying awake through the wee hours of the morning were pretty much nil. However you celebrated, I hope you had a fantastic New Year. Welcome to 2018!

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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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Top 10 NP Salary Posts of 2017

It's that time of year again. Yes, it's that awkward week between Christmas and the New Year where we tip-toe the line between being mentally in holiday mode but are technically back at work. I like to use this week as a time to wrap up 2017 projects, clear out my inbox and generally get organized for a fresh 2018 start. I also enjoy taking a look back and reviewing the past year's highlights. So, this week that's where we're headed on MidlevelU. We'll be featuring your favorite posts from 2017. Today, we're starting with our top blog posts about nurse practitioner and physician assistant salaries.

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NP Holiday Etiquette: Guidelines for Giving Gifts to Coworkers

Wanting to spread holiday cheer among your coworkers this Christmas is understandable; after all, you do spend quite a bit of time together and you’ve become a bit like a little dysfunctional family. As you near the end of your holiday shopping list, you may find yourself questioning whether or not you should buy something for your closest coworkers. 

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Making the Most of Working on Christmas

Admittedly, I'm not working on Christmas this year. I will be with my family enjoying morning cinnamon rolls and eating beef tenderloin for dinner. Mmmm..... But, I have celebrated many a holiday within the walls of an urgent care clinic or the emergency department. Working on holidays, especially the biggies, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, is a pretty big drag. Who wants to celebrate Christmas Eve with an early morning hospital shift hanging over their head?

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How Difficult is Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Over 50?

A reader recently asked me to address attitudes of employers toward nurse practitioners over 50. This is a topic I have frequently mulled over myself in helping NPs find jobs, particularly after seeing one recruiting firm note specifically on its website that it 'does not work with healthcare providers with more than 20 years experience'. One would think that in the world of medicine and nursing it would seem that more is better when it comes to experience. But, it certainly seems there is a 'sweet spot' where NPs are most employable. What does the job market look like for nurse practitioners over 50?

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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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Do's and Don'ts: Emailing a Post-Interview Thank You Note

Interviewing for a nurse practitioner position has evolved tremendously over the last couple of years. Nowadays it’s become more common for employers to conduct video interviews over platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. It’s also not out of the ordinary for NPs to be asked by hiring managers to provide a link to their professional profiles on sites like LinkedIn. Yet while some things change, others stay the same. 

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