Showing posts from: May 2018

A Blogger's Tip Takes Down Silicon Valley Healthcare All-Star

There's never a dull moment in the healthcare world. While our lives as NPs and PAs may seem pretty routine, the industry we've chosen to work in is always changing. My husband also works in healthcare on the business side of things so in our household we like to keep track of the latest and greatest in the industry. One shining star we once followed has recently become more like a black hole. 

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10 Highest Paying Cities for Nurse Practitioners

Each year the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects salary information for various professions and in the spring publishes data for the prior year. And, the stats are out for NPs in 2017! Salary is always an interesting topic of discussion so over the next few weeks on MidlevelU, you can expect some insight on compensation for nurse practitioners around the country. Today we're looking at the cities where nurse practitioners can expect to earn the most. 

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5 Inspiring NPs Who Started Their Own Clinics

Do you have an entrepreneurial bent? If starting your own practice is a career aspiration, the best place to begin your endeavor is by talking to other nurse practitioners who've done the same. I have spoken with a number of NP practice owners who've shared their stories here on MidlevelU. 

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How Much Will Your RN Salary Increase as a CRNA?

If you're thinking about taking your nursing career to the next level, there are many factors to consider. One of the more important considerations is salary. How will advancing your career help you meet your financial goals? Nurses often debate between becoming a nurse practitioner vs. a nurse anesthetist. Earlier, we looked at how much more NPs can expect to earn than RNs on a state-by-state basis. Now, let's look at how much more CRNAs can expect to earn than their RN counterparts. 

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Canada Invests in Nurse Practitioner Growth

We've covered nurse practitioners in Canada here on MidlevelU in the past. NPs aren't prevalent in our neighboring country up north, however the profession is gaining some traction thanks to a recent budget passed in British Columbia. Health Minister Adrian Dix announced yesterday that the province will fund 200 new positions for nurse practitioners to help increase access to healthcare for British Columbians. 

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Is a Career in Telemedicine Right for You?

Changing the face of healthcare, telemedicine has been instrumental in helping to bridge the gaps in the provider shortage. Not only has it been revolutionary in breaking down geographic barriers to healthcare access for patients, but the industry is opening up unique opportunities for NPs in a variety of specialties from primary care, to psychiatry and dermatology. Working in telehealth certainly comes with some appealing benefits but as with any job, it has its disadvantages. If you’re considering applying for NP positions in telehealth, here are some factors to consider first.

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Why You're Not Landing NP Job Interviews

Looking for a nurse practitioner job? If you're on the hunt for a new position and proverbial doors are being slammed in your face, there's likely a reason. While there's not much you can personally do about the job market or number of opportunities in your area, you can take a look at your own job search behavior to maximize the chances of getting a call back. Why aren't you being selected for NP job interviews?

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Last Minute Tips for NPs Taking Their Boards

It's that time of year again. Yes, graduation season is here. While for many graduates, finishing up school means breathing a sigh of relief, for nurse practitioners the feeling is much different. Graduation brings a host of challenges to work through like securing employment, applying for a license to practice and most of all taking boards (also known as the certification exam). 

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4 Little NP Habits That Will Get You a Big Raise

How do you stand out as a nurse practitioner? Many times it seems our employers focus exclusively on patient volume (and often they do!), but there are also a few other professional behaviors common among standout nurse practitioners. If you're an NP looking to take your career - and salary - to the next level, start by mastering these four habits. 

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Which Patients Actually Need Preventative Low Dose Aspirin?

The answer, simplified.

Keeping up with preventative care guidelines can be pretty confusing. It seems like every professional society related to each specialty publishes their own recommendations. From kidney and liver disease prevention to cardiac and osteoporosis screenings, where do you even begin? One particular preventative measure often recommended by nurse practitioners, taking low dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, is particularly nebulous. 

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8 Swoon-Worthy CE Conferences for Summer

The promise of summer has a way of carrying you away with thoughts of lounging in a hammock, the sand beneath your toes and a salty breeze blowing through your hair, or perhaps to the mountains where you can finally enjoy the beautiful, serene weather and fresh air without freezing to death. Unlike your days of adolescence however, your responsibilities as an adult don’t stop just because the season have changed. While you may be dreaming of an exciting summer getaway, there are still patients to be seen, bills to be paid, errands to be run and childcare to worry over. On top of everything else, you still have to set aside some time to do your continuing education hours before it’s too late.

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Why Nurse Practitioners Have More Momentum than Physician Assistants

Last month we took a look at the number of NPs, PAs and MDs graduating from schools each year. Data showing a decided increase in the number of NP grads over the past five years is interesting, especially compared to that of other healthcare provider professions. Not only are nurse practitioners graduating from programs in growing numbers, scope of practice legislation across the US has also become increasingly favorable for NPs. On the other hand, physician assistants don't seem to be making the same strides as NPs. Why?

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