Showing posts from: September 2019

Can a FNP Work in Psych?

There’s a lot of gray area surrounding specialties for nurse practitioners. Unlike physicians, who study very specific areas of medicine, as NPs our specialties are pretty general. ‘Acute Care’ and ‘Family’ are about as specific as it gets for us in most educational institutions. Instead, we hone our areas in practice on the job with training from an employer.

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How Can ER Nurse Practitioners Expect to be Paid?

I've worked as an emergency nurse practitioner for nearly ten years now and am employed at three different hospitals. So, I've gotten a pretty well-rounded idea about what to expect as a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department. One big question I get about my job is in regards to salary - how much and in what manner can emergency nurse practitioners expect to be paid?

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Nurse Practitioner Market Saturation: Should You Worry?

It seems like everyone has their own opinion about saturation in the nurse practitioner job market. If you're a NP student, your professors are probably talking about the demand for providers and how employers are eager to hire you post-graduation. If you talk with recent nurse practitioner school grads, they're saying you're totally screwed once you kick off your job search. Who's right?

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Can FNPs Work in Hospital and Specialty Settings?

Ahhh...the age old question. Are family nurse practitioners allowed to work in the hospital setting? The scope of practice for FNPs is a big gray area and one that's often subject to debate. When it comes to accepting a position, if you're an FNP, can you sign on with a hospital?

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7 Ways to Make Sure Your NP School Isn't a Diploma Mill

I've written before about the number of online nurse practitioner programs cropping up across the country. While online education can mean an affordable, flexible way to advance your nursing carer it also brings questions about quality. Will employers value an online NP degree as highly as one attained at a bricks and mortar institution. Will you fare well as a student without face-to-face relationships with classmates and professors?

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NP Residency Application 2020 is Here!

Are you wrapping up your nurse practitioner program in 2020? While donning your cap and gown may seem like a distant event, graduation isn't that far away and it's not too soon to start thinking about your next steps. Finding and working in your first nurse practitioner job can seem like a daunting task. While your clinicals will give you a medical foundation, there's still a long way to go post-graduation to make your clinical skill set robust and efficient. Enter nurse practitioner residencies. 

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Where to Find the Best NP Salary Data

As nurse practitioners we're all concerned with our salaries. Are we being paid fairly in our current positions? How will our salary compare if we choose to relocate - will we be paid differently in a new area of the country? What about if we switch specialties? 

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6 Fun Supplies for NPs Who Spend Too Much Time in the Kitchen

Does anyone else feel like they spend the majority of their time at work or in the kitchen? Between brewing my morning cup-a-Joe, cramming down a quick breakfast, prepping a lunch, whipping up dinner and washing dishes, I've grown to feel like the kitchen is one of my primary locales these days. Now this isn't a problem, I'm actually really fond of cooking and especially fond of eating, but it does mean that I like to keep the place clean and well stocked. 

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5 ECG Interpretation Courses for Nurse Practitioners

Mastering the art of ECG interpretation is tough. Reading ECGs proficiently is a skill that takes practice and fine tuning over time. Nurse practitioners working in some environments may not see ECGs everyday making it even more difficult to hone these skills. Fortunately for NPs, there are several organizations offering ECG interpretation focused courses and conferences. If your ECG interpretation skills leave room for improvement, check out these continuing medical education courses to get you up to speed. 

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The Next Frontier for NPs & PAs: Specialty Practice Models

Nashville, TN where I live and work is a healthcare hub. With a number of large national healthcare corporations in the city along with several major hospitals, there's an interesting mix of business + medical practice. It's always interesting to be exposed to the larger business side of the healthcare community rather than just the patient-facing side I see in my day to day practice as a nurse practitioner. 

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How Long Does it Take to Get an Additional Nurse Practitioner Specialty?

One of the most appealing things about entering the nurse practitioner profession is that there are a variety of specialties to choose from. But, what happens if a few years into your practice you discover that your chosen specialty may not be the right fit for you?

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Are Patients Obligated to Receive Care from NP Students?

Nurse practitioner students have it pretty tough. As an NP student you're a novice, constantly unsure of yourself, asking questions, needy and feeling out of place. Clinicals are long and demandingChallenging yourself to learn and take the knowledge you've gained in the classroom and applying it to real, live patients is never comfortable. 

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