Showing posts from: April 2019

Do NPs or PAs Have More Freedom?

While the way nurse practitioners and physician assistants work when is comes to patient care looks quite similar, there are regulatory differences between the two professions. Each state has a different set of scope of practice laws, one for NPs and one for PAs. These laws effect how effective and efficient employing these healthcare professionals is in different geographic areas therefore affecting the job market for and salaries of these providers. More practice freedoms usually leads to greater employability and higher salaries. So, do nurse practitioners or physician assistants have more freedom when it comes to scope of practice?

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How Much Must NPs Earn to Offset Childcare Costs?

It’s true what everyone says; having a child brings a type of love into your life that you’ve never known before. No matter how much you may love your career as a nurse practitioner, returning to work after having a baby is no easy fete. Understandably, you don’t want just anyone looking after your child; leaving your baby in the hands of a caregiver you trust certainly makes the mental battle easier. Unfortunately, child care is a big expense and one that begs the question- just how much do you need to make in order to offset the cost and is it more financially savvy for one parent to stay home instead?

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Small Mistakes that Cause Big Damage to Your NP Credibility

Although I have worked as a nurse practitioner for nearly 10 years, I still have a lot to learn. The world of medicine is vast, so it's inevitable that patients will ask questions I don't have an answer to or that I'll need to refer for specialty care. Earlier in my career, I worried that such "I don't know" moments damaged my credibility as a healthcare provider among patients and coworkers alike. I've come to realize, however, that not knowing the answer typically does not put an NP's reputation at stake. Rather, there are a number of mistakes that nurse practitioners make that can damage credibility in a big way. 

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7 Questions YOU Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview

The last time I interviewed for a nurse practitioner position, I was hired on the spot. I recall I was asked just one or two questions, handed over my resume, and bam! I was hired. My rapid hiring surprised me given my lack of experience at the time. When I left the interview and recounted the story to family members working in the business world they found it highly amusing.

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The Art of Easing Nurse Practitioner Job Interview Anxiety

The thought of interviewing for a new job can make even experienced nurse practitioners shudder. Convincing an employer you're the best candidate for a position is anxiety provoking. Unknowns about how the interview will be conducted make preparation difficult. As someone who tends to be better with written communication than verbal, any interview, and particularly one for a job, is enough to make me wish I had a prescription for Xanax. 

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Here's a Unique NP Residency Opportunity in Los Angeles

Are you looking for a nurse practitioner residency out west? Are the beaches and ocean of sunny California calling your name? If Los Angeles seems attractive, we just might have a NP residency opportunity that’s right for you. 

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5 Reasons You Didn't Get the NP Raise You Asked For

Asking for a raise can be an uncomfortable conversation to have. But, if you're a nurse practitioner who thinks you deserve more, taking the initiative to ask is the first step if you truly want to see more dollar signs on your paycheck. So if you’ve bitten the bullet and managed to get through the undoubtedly awkward meeting with your boss, kudos to you! Unfortunately though, no matter how well deserving you thought you were of a raise, your boss may have responded with a resounding "no". 

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Which States Have the Most Male Nurse Practitioners?

The nursing profession has a stereotype of being primarily female. And, well, data shows us that this supposition is valid. When it comes to nurses who have decided to advance their education to become nurse practitioners, however, do these stats hold up? Just how many NPs are female vs. male? The Kaiser Family Foundation collected data as it relates to gender and nurse practitioners state-by-state. Here are their findings related to the percentage of male and female nurse practitioners by geographic location. 

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4 Tactics for Recruiting Exceptional APPs

A healthcare organization is only as strong as the people in it, but finding exceptional advanced practice providers can be a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack; they’re out there but if you’re simply posting your open position on job forums and hoping you find them in a pile of hundreds of resumes, you’re doing it wrong. As the demand for APPs has grown, keeping a competitive edge with your recruiting process is a must if you want to attract top talent. 

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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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Pros and Cons of Accelerated Nurse Practitioner Programs

Recently, a MidlevelU reader posted a question on the message board inquiring about my experience in a nurse practitioner bridge program. She noted that, while I have several articles on the topic of programs for students without a background in healthcare, I hadn’t shared much about my personal experience. Guilty as charged. So, today I’ve decided to pull together my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of accelerated programs for NPs, based on my own experiences. 

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Webinar: CMP Interpretation in Primary Care

Join us for sample of what you'll learn in our nurse practitioner residency

There's always room for improvement when it comes to lab interpretation skills. I've been a nurse practitioner for 10 years now and realize everyday that there's growth potential in this area. Lab interpretation is also one thing that nurse practitioners participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved tell us they hope to learn as part of the program. 

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