Showing posts from: December 2018

Job Search Tips for NPs Graduating in 2019

If you're wrapping up your nurse practitioner program in 2019, you've come to the right place. In honor of your fresh start and the New Year we've got a link pack designed to help you land your first nurse practitioner job. So, if you aren't quite sure where to begin your job search, how to draft your resume, or have anxiety about questions you'll be asked in an interview, start here. We can't wait to see where 2019 takes you! 

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Heads Up: Insurance Companies Buying Out Private Practices

Hospitals and insurance companies have long been in a tug of war over which can purchase more physician owned practices than the other. While hospitals have consistently stayed the frontrunner, their ability to buy up practices at a much faster pace certainly hasn’t stopped insurers from trying to tip the scales in their favor. In 2017 alone, insurance companies purchased hundreds of physician owned practices and, over the course of the last several years, nearly every big name insurance giant has entered into a multi-billion dollar deal to acquire a well-known healthcare company, like Aetna’s acquisition of CVS for $69 billion.

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7 Posts to Help New Grads Make It in 2019

I'm super passionate about helping out new grad nurse practitioners. Starting out my career as an NP was one of the more stressful life experiences I've had and it led to a lot of anxiety and doubt - at least initially. I'm a success story here to tell you that if you push through that difficult year (and that sort-of difficult second year) of practice, you'll come out ahead. Working as a nurse practitioner has plenty of perks but you're going to need to grow your skill set, confidence and level of experience before you'll see them clearly. So how do you get from point A to point B?

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This Year's Top 10 Posts About NP Salaries

If there's one type of article MidlevelU readers like to peruse, it's those about salaries. We don't blame you. Whether you're comparing your salary to others, considering comp in a new location, or are just plain curious, it's always interesting to check out salary statistics. So, we'e delivering this year by compiling our top posts about nurse practitioner pay this year. Read on for everything from tips for asking for a raise to state-by-state salary data. 

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11 Posts for NPs Who Want to Work Internationally

Living abroad is one of those pipe dreams for me. While I'm not sure it will work out in the next twenty years given the commitments I have related to work and family, one can dream, right?! Whether you're a nurse practitioner with the flexibility to pick up and move or one who simply likes to know what your options are, there are a number ways for NPs to work internationally whether in the traditional employment sense or through a volunteer organization. 

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Making Merry: Healthcare Decor for NPs

One of the downsides of life as a nurse practitioner is the requirement to work holidays. In anticipation of time off for the Christmas holiday, I crammed a few weeks worth of overnight shifts into one lengthy stretch leaving my brain foggy and my energy level low. There's something extra draining about working odd hours while the rest of the world seems to be out celebrating.

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Tis The Season? Severance Agreements for Nurse Practitioners

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

Exiting a job, whether voluntary or involuntary, is rarely a pleasant experience. Change is hard, even when it is for the best. And, as if the holiday season were not busy enough, such employment changes often accompany the beginning of the New Year.

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How Much Do You Need to Work to Maintain NP Certification?

Ten years in to my nurse practitioner career, I've started to notice a trend among my former NP school classmates. We aren't working as much. Many of us have young children and spouses who have simultaneously become more established in their careers. So, many have transitioned from 'pick up every shift possible to pay the mortgage' mode to an 'its not worth it to work weekends' mindset. But, while many nurse practitioners I'm connected with are taking a step back, they still want to maintain their licensure and certification. 

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Hospital Holiday DIY: The Urinal Christmas Wreath

When I cover the night shift in the emergency department, typically there are a few minutes of downtime around 4am. The evening rush has subsided and the morning craziness yet to begin. Rather than sitting at my desk, perusing Facebook while trying desperately not to fall asleep on the job, during my next shift I plan to tackle a DIY medical decor project - the urinal Christmas wreath. I encourage you to do the same. Need some inspiration? Check out the following photos then hit up the supply closet! 

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Here's How to React if Your Boss Changes Your Schedule

A few months ago, I woke to an email announcing that the schedule for NPs and PAs in my department had changed. Effective Monday, the 3pm shift now started at Noon. "WTF?!" I thought, "Thanks for the advance notice". It was as if my employer completely disregarded the fact that I might actually have something other than work going on in my life. The showing up a few hours earlier wasn't in reality a big deal to me compared with the disregard for my personal time.

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Southern FNP Programs that Provide Clinical Placements

The clinical portion of your FNP program can be an exciting time. It’s an opportunity to put what you’ve learned in the classroom into practice and gain hands on experience before you graduate and begin your new career as a nurse practitioner. However, finding a preceptor and securing a clinical site on your own can be daunting and downright stressful. 

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Contract Review Services for Advanced Practice Providers

Physician Assistants (PAs) fill an ever-expanding role within the healthcare field. In the last five or six years alone, the profession has grown tremendously. Whereas ten years ago it was hit or miss as to whether people knew what PAs were and what role they filled, today the general public is well-aware of the profession and the majority of us have even been treated by a PA at least once. All of this is to say – PAs are essential to the healthcare industry, and their star continues to rise.

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