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How to Find a Job as a New Nurse Practitioner Graduate

Congrats- you've survived your nurse practitioner program. Now it's time to put your education to work. Finding a job as a new NP grad can be a daunting task. It almost feels as if your nursing career has taken a step back as you are once again forced to into newbie status. Your resume doesn't boast any experience to the role for which you are applying and employers seem hesitant to hire. 

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How to Ask for a Raise as a Nurse Practitioner

Talking about money is awkward. Especially when your boss is on the other end of the conversation. As a nurse practitioner, you may feel that your salary is not longer competitive in the job market, or, that your skill set has increased making you a more profitable asset to your practice. Regardless of the reason you believe you’re due a salary increase, thinking through how you will approach the ask is essential to your success. The following pointers will help you navigate the process of asking for a raise in your nurse practitioner job. 

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This Nurse Practitioner Turned Her Love of Travel Into a Business

When she first began her career as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Nancy Dirubbo’s initial goal was not to own her own practice. Now nearly four decades later, she finds herself having owned three successful businesses as an NP entrepreneur, her first of which is now one of the oldest nurse practitioner owned and operated primary care practices in the United States. 

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How to Drop Off a Nurse Practitioner Resume In-Person

Live in a tough nurse practitioner job market? If so, an on-the-ground job search may be in order. What is on-the-ground job search, you say? In tough job markets, nurse practitioners must employ all tactics at their disposal to land a coveted NP position. This includes stepping away from filling out online applications on a laptop and visiting prospective employers in person. 

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How This FNP Became a Psychiatric Practice Owner

Continuing with our series on nurse practitioner entrepreneurs, this past week I had the opportunity to chat with Family Nurse Practitioner and practice owner Cymande Baxter-Rogers.

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Lessons on Opening a Practice From a Successful NP Entrepreneur

I'm always inspired by nurse practitioners who take on the challenge of starting their own practices. The task personally sounds quite daunting to me! So, over the next several weeks we're featuring NP entrepreneurs here on the MidlevelU blog. While starting your own practice is hard work, it is a career adventure that can have benefits - a more flexible lifestyle and higher income to name a few. Dual certified Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Malowitz, founder and owner of Bay Area Quick Care, is one of these success stories, thanks to her perseverance and unmatched work ethic. 

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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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6 Reasons Employers Should Hire New Grad Nurse Practitioners

Many employers understandably shy away from hiring new grad nurse practitioners. The amount of teaching a fresh NP may need seems intimidating. Or, the employer may have had a negative experience with hiring new grads in the past. Regardless of the reason for the hesitation, employers may want to reconsider their position. 

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How to Use Your Medical Assistant Effectively

If there's one thing I've become an expert at since having a baby, it's been getting HELP. I've explored options for outsourcing household chores, work related tasks (did you notice that MidlevelU is hiring!) and am utilizing assistance in my nurse practitioner role at the hospital more than ever. I no longer have the luxury of seemingly unlimited time and energy on my side. While at times this new reality can be frustrating, it has made me decidedly more efficient. I'm making better use of the resources available to me. 

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4 Things Every NP Should Do Before Paying Extra On Student Loans

By Kyle Richert, Financial Advisor

For most nurses, especially those just beginning their careers, debt is the biggest concern. Between student loans, car payments, and credit cards, it can be overwhelming. Rightfully so! Short-term debt can be a destructive force and can greatly affect your wealth building results. It’s also difficult to know where to begin. “Should I save or pay off debt?” “Should I pay down my loans as quickly as possible? Or take my time?”  Things can get confusing. However, knowing when to handle debt is equally as important as not having it.

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How to Become a Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur in 7 Exciting Steps

Entrepreneurial nurse practitioners often reach out to me asking how I started MidlevelU and I'm happy to share my story. Businesses get started in all different ways, but there are a few standard steps entrepreneurs usually take to get an idea off the ground. I took these in an informal sense to launch MidlevelU. Whether you're interested in opening your own clinic or starting a preceptor matching service, here's how to get moving.

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Does Working in an Independent Practice State Really Affect Your NP Job?

I've had several nurse practitioners tell me they will only work in independent practice states. That is, states whose scope of practice laws don't require nurse practitioners to be supervised by or collaborate with a physician. While I understand the position of these NPs, they are capable of treating patients without oversight, I have to wonder - does working in an independent practice state actually change what a nurse practitioner's day-to-day job looks like?

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