Our New Program Helps Recent Grads...Thrive

I am SO excited to announce today that MidlevelU is rolling out a new program for advanced practice providers. Why, you ask? Based on my own experience as a nurse practitioner, the transition from being in a NP program to actual practice is a tough one. While my nurse practitioner program gave me a solid clinical foundation, in my first job I still had a lot to learn. Providers I worked with didn't have enough time in their days to train, educate and mentor me to help fill gaps in my knowledge. This made for a frustrating first work experience. So, here at MidlevelU we decided to do something about it. Enter ThriveAP

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These Southern FNP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

Alright, we're wrapping up our series on family nurse practitioner programs boasting a 100% passing rate on the national certification exam. Why have we spent so much time featuring these schools? If you're interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, part of that process will be passing a national certification exam. The quality of the education you receive in your NP program influences how likely you are to pass this all important test.

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Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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5 Western NP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

If you haven't noticed, we're talking certification pass rates here on MidlevelU this week. If you're applying to nurse practitioner schools, why should you care? Essentially, once you graduate from your NP program, you'll have to take a national, standardized certification exam to prove that you learned enough to qualify to practice as a NP. Attending a school with a high NP certification pass rate means that you're prepared to practice. Think twice about attending a school whose students don't fare so well on the national certification exam. 

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East Coast FNP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

Attending an elite family nurse practitioner program can be alluring. From prestigious ivy leagues to private religious institutions, the East Coast region is home to some of the United States’ oldest and most exclusive schools. Before you jump the gun based on the name of the school itself, it’s important to consider a few other stats beforehand. Perhaps one of the most important considerations is how likely you’ll be the pass the NP certification exam. 

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Live NP Residency Info Session!

Are you graduating from your nurse practitioner program this year? If so, you've got a lot of decisions to make. Where will you work once you wrap up your NP program? How will you continue to build upon the clinical foundation you've built in school? Life as a new grad NP is overwhelming. There's uncertainty about next employment steps and a lot of "I don't know's" in the clinical setting. I understand, I've been there.

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9 Midwest FNP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

There are a number of things to consider when you're choosing a family nurse practitioner program. Location is important as are these three criteria we recommend asking about. Because the culmination of your NP education will all come down to your ability to pass the national certification exam, looking at the passing rates is a good indication of how well the school is preparing its FNP students.  

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Your Questions About Working in the ER, Answered

After I graduated from my nurse practitioner program, it took me a few years to find my niche. I always knew I wanted to work in the emergency department, however employers required experience and refused to budge. Unable to land so much as an interview in the ER, I settled for employment at a walk-in/primary care clinic and then in urgent care. With two years of experience under my belt, I was finally able to talk my way into an interview at a local emergency department. Five years later, I’m still employed by the same hospital and am enjoying life as a seasoned emergency department nurse practitioner. 

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How to Tell a Patient "I Don't Know"

How do you react when you don't know the answer to a patient's question? Does your face flush? Do you reply with an answer that doesn't directly address the question asked? Do you abruptly end the conversation? Experts say that the words "I don't know" might be some of the hardest to say, even more so than "I love you". Admitting uncertainty or lack of knowledge isn't easy - just ask children and Alzheimer's patients who confabulate rather an utter a simple "I'm not sure". As nurse practitioners, however, we inevitably find ourselves in situations where we don't have the answers. 

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Too Broke to Attend a CE Conference? Try This.

Continuing education conferences are a great way for nurse practitioners to boost clinical knowledge, connect with other NPs and rekindle career passion. Not to mention, who doesn't like a totally valid excuse to step outside of the clinic or hospital walls every once in a while? Whether you're an eager type-A nurse practitioner student or a seasoned NP, there's a well kept secret for attending CE conferences affordably. 

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