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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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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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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How to Become an Integrative or Holistic Nurse Practitioner

I talk with a lot of nurse practitioners who've grown frustrated with the "pills, pills, pills" mindset of so many in our culture. Our patients are looking for a quick, easy fix to their health issues. But, exercise and diet of course are the best solution for health maintenance in most people. Getting back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle can prevent the requirement for treatments like surgeries and medications and leave our patients feeling far better than supplying a pharmacologic fix to their problems. 

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7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Education

Prepared or not, your nurse practitioner education is going to cost you thousands of dollars. So, making decisions about how you plan to become an NP shouldn't be taken lightly. Putting some extra research and effort in on the front-end of your education could save you thousands of dollars of hard earned money later. Here are a few tips and tricks for managing the cost of your nurse practitioner education. 

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The Rules for Delivering Bad News to Patients

I've talked to some colleagues recently who've been a little down about their roles as nurse practitioners. Working in family practice, they have found themselves in the position of delivering bad or upsetting news to their patients. Cancer diagnoses were fortunately made rather than missed, but letting a patient know they've got a serious, life-altering illness or condition is tough, not to mention, this is not something most of us as NPs learn to do in school. 

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5 Helpful Pocket Orthopedic Guides for Nurse Practitioners

Diagnosing orthopedic symptoms can be tricky. X-rays, for example, don't tell you a lot about tendons and ligaments that are often responsible for joint pain. More advanced testing, like MRI, is costly, and often requires prior authorization from insurance companies leading to a delay in treatment. While there are a number of clinical orthopedic exam maneuvers that indicate the exact type of injury and help lead nurse practitioners to a diagnosis, the specifics of these exam techniques can be difficult to recall on the spot. 

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3 Things I Learned from My NP New Grad Job Search Experience

By Guest Contributor Justin Groce, AGNP-C

So, you’ve just graduated from your nurse practitioner program? Congrats! I wrapped up NP school and officially entered the job market in 2015. I quickly discovered there are some highs and lows for new grad NPs when it comes to the job search. If you’re a new nurse practitioner graduate this year, here are three tips based on my personal experiences.

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