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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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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4 Affordable Ways to Get Your DNP

Chatting with a nurse practitioner colleague this weekend, I learned that she is strongly considering going back to school for her DNP degree. Admittedly, I am not thinking about taking the plunge into furthering my education - at least not for now. My initial thought as we discussed her DNP plans was "Ugh...the cost!". Most nurse practitioners won't get a raise along with advancing their degree. So, the move must truly be made in the name of education or taking one's career in a new direction. 

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5 Mistakes New NPs Make After Graduation

Congratulations graduates! You should be feeling proud of yourself if you're wrapping up your nurse practitioner program this year. Earning a masters or doctorate degree is not an easy accomplishment and you did it! While your NP program was a structured experience, now that you've graduated, your next steps are wide open. Some nurse practitioners I talk with find themselves paralyzed with indecision when they're released from school obligations. Others aren't quite sure where to get started. Make sure you succeed in your hard-earned career by avoiding these common mistakes. 

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Opportunity in Oregon

Are you looking for a nurse practitioner residency? If so, this week’s featured facility is a great fit for the NP looking to live out west while building a clinical foundation for the nurse practitioner career. This residency opportunity is at an FQHC located in beautiful southern Oregon. Tucked tightly away in a valley situated between four national forests, one national park and a breathtaking two-hour scenic drive to the coast, this facility is the pinnacle location for the outdoor adventurer. 

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Unexpected Challenges of Working as a New Grad NP

This morning I was engaged in a discussion with one of our Midlevels for the Medically Underserved cohorts. This group of new grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants has been working in the primary care setting for about six months now so has a little practice experience under their belts. As we were talking, several themes emerged in the conversation. There were a number of challenges facing these novice NPs that they hadn't anticipated. 

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The Worst Thing NPs Can Say in a New Grad Job Interview

Okay, okay, so there are a lot of 'worst' things you could do in a new grad nurse practitioner job interview. You could lug your infant in a car seat along with you, sparking immediate childcare concerns in the minds of a prospective employer. You could come dressed for an afternoon at the beach, in flip flops and cut-off denim shorts. You could cuss. A lot. But, assuming you've got the basics of job interview protocol and professionalism down, there is still one big mistake less experienced nurse practitioners make in the quest for employment. 

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FNP Acceptance Rates: Schools of the South

In case you missed it, we reached out to over 200 family nurse practitioner programs nationwide to gauge acceptance rates. Although some programs weren’t as forthcoming in providing their metrics, many did provide great insight and advice for future FNPs looking to apply. Bringing our series to a close, here’s what programs in the south had to say.

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