Showing posts from: November 2018

6 Ways to Reenergize Your Nurse Practitioner Career

Do you feel like you’ve hit a career slump? The job description of working as a nurse practitioner in a patient facing roll can look pretty much the same week after week, year after year. So, at times, it is necessary to take intentional action to combat career boredom. If you’ve hit a nurse practitioner career slump, here are a few ways to reenergize your nurse practitioner practice. 

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How are Nurse Practitioner Certification Questions Made?

Certification is on the minds of soon to be nurse practitioner school grads. A spring graduation date means that now is the time to start studying for the dreaded boards. Piling additional certification study sessions on top of your already strapped schedule isn't ideal. But, putting time and effort into preparing for the nurse practitioner certification exam is essential to securing employment after you graduate. 

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Can You Afford to Become a Nurse Practitioner?

You're no longer a college student so you've become accustomed to eating steak for dinner rather than ramen and ordering cocktails at happy hour instead of sipping PBR. You might even have a mortgage, or a child's future educational expenses to plan for. As we go through life, our budgets become more complex, and often more stretched. This makes determining if you can afford to become a nurse practitioner a difficult calculation. 

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10 Things To Do If You Haven't Landed a NP Job by Graduation

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program seems like a light at the end of the tunnel. Until, that is, you realize you are unemployed and face a mountain of student loan debt. Your classmates all seem to be signing employment agreements before receiving a diploma, causing job search anxiety to mount. Where are you going wrong with your search? How might you become a stronger applicant for nurse practitioner jobs?

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Cannabis Considerations: Treating Patients Who Use Marijuana

I'm originally from the Washington State, one of our country's more progressive states when it comes to legalizing marijuana. When I visit home now, I see dispensaries scattered along the roadsides. With cannabis use now permissible in an increasing number of states and attention to the drug on the rise, nurse practitioners are more likely than ever to treat patients who are cannabis users. As with any substance, marijuana use brings up a number of clinical considerations. For example, does cannabis interact with prescription drugs?

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We're Hiring a Family Nurse Practitioner!

Do you know someone who might be a good fit for the job?

MidlevelU's education programs, ThriveAP and Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, are growing and were looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working and motivated Family Nurse Practitioner to join our team. If you or someone you know is an experienced FNP enthusiastic about helping new grads with the challenges they face after graduation, here's an overview of the open position. 

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Reentering the Nurse Practitioner Workforce in 8 Not-So-Easy Steps

I often talk to nurse practitioners who have taken a few years off from their NP careers. Most commonly, family priorities are the reason for the break from the workforce. Other times, a lengthy job search turned stagnant and led to a continuation of one's RN career. Whatever your reason for taking five from life as a nurse practitioner, it's not too late to reenter the NP workforce. Before you do so, careful planning is in order. These six steps should help. 

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7 International Experiences for Learning Medical Spanish

From the legal requirements of working with non-English speaking patients, to the logistics of working with an interpreter, there's a lot to consider in treating patients from other cultures. While acting as your own interpreter isn't advised unless you are truly fluent, it is helpful to at least understand a few basics of languages commonly spoken by your patients. 

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Do You Believe Your Nurse Practitioner Bonus Will Be Paid?

One perk employers may offer to nurse practitioners is a bonus in addition to a base salary. For some NPs a bonus is an extra but not a substantial part of the compensation package. For other nurse practitioners, bonuses can potentially amount to tens of thousands of dollars each year in addition to a base salary. Despite the potential for extra cash, many nurse practitioners are skeptical of such compensation structures. Do you believe your bonus will be paid?

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Can NPs Apply for NHSC Loan Repayment Before Graduation?

The NHSC has strict criteria that nurse practitioners must meet in order to be eligible to submit an application for the Loan Repayment Program. Specifically, applicants who have not graduated their accredited program, passed the certification exam, or do not hold a current and unrestricted license to practice as a NP are not eligible to apply during the open application cycle; which means that unfortunately, nurse practitioner students are ineligible from applying to the program until they’ve graduated. Fortunately, there is hope! If you’re an NP student with at least one year of schooling left, don’t throw your hands up in frustration just yet… the NHSC Scholarship Program may be worth your consideration.

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5 Questions You Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Program Interview

If you are in the process of applying to nurse practitioner programs, you're being asked a lot of questions. "Tell me about yourself...", "Talk about a time when you overcame a challenge..." and "What kind of nursing experience do you have?" are the types of responses you are thinking through. From filling out your address to drafting a perfectly crafted personal statement, the application process is all about sharing yourself with nurse practitioner program admissions staff. But, there is a time in the admissions process to turn the tables. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Administer Botox?

An increasing number of medical practices are adding cosmetic procedures to their menu of services. These procedures, such as administering Botox and dermal fillers, can significantly boost revenue and are relatively simple to perform. Patients pay for them in cash eliminating the paperwork and headache that comes with billing insurance companies. Can nurse practitioners get in on this practice opportunity?

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