Happy New Year! 2012's 10 Most Popular Posts

I love a fresh start and am already making ambitious plans for starting off the New Year.  Organizing the clutter in my basement (ugh...) and getting back in shape after an indulgent Christmas vacation top my personal list.  Also, I cannot wait for a new year of blogging- I anticipate some exciting updates in 2013.  Before the New Year begins and fresh posts overshadow the older, let's take a look at 2012's top posts. 

1. Why I Like Being a Nurse Practitioner and You Should Become One

One of my very first posts, this pretty much sums up why I love the nurse practitioner career and choose to share my thoughts and experiences with other NP's.  Don't we have the best job ever?!

2. Nurse Practitioners and Obamacare: How Will Health Reform Affect Nurse Practitioners?

What can nurse practitioners expect as health reform's new laws sweep the nation?  These are my thoughts.

3. Top 10 Highest Paying Nurse Practitioner Specialties

Nurse practitioners can earn some serious $$.  What specialty should you choose if you want to be a highly paid NP?  Check out this list

4. 3 Lowest Earning Nurse Practitioner Specialties- Still Good News for NP Salaries

Although some NP specialties are paid less than others, they may have unprecedented perks- Summer break anyone?

5. What's a Day in the Life of a Nurse Practitioner Really Like?

Here's a my typical day working as a NP in the Emergency Department.  

6. Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant: Who Has the Better Salary?

Many students must decide between becoming a NP or PA.  Perhaps salary differences can help them make the decision. 

7. The Sweet Spot: When Will You Find Your Dream Job As a Nurse Practitioner?

As in all professions, not every job is a good one.  Personally, I have held a few less desirable positions working as a nurse practitioner.  How did I break out of my early NP positions and land my dream job?  Check out this post.

8. How Do You Become an ER Nurse Practitioner?

Finding a job in the ER wasn't easy for me.  This post explains my experience and may help you speed up the process if you hope to become an emergency department NP. 

9. How I Found a Job Within One Week of Graduation

Landing your first NP position can be a lengthy process.  With a little strategy, and perhaps some luck, there are some steps you can take to find your first nurse practitioner job quickly.

10. AAFP Takes a Jab at Nurse Practitioners: Where Do You Stand?

As nurse practitioners gain more legal rights, some physician groups are taking notice.  It is now more important than even for NP's to stand together and support each other while lobbying for pro-nurse practitioner legislation. 

Happy New Year!  A big 'Thank You' for reading my blog in 2012.  I look forward to kicking off 2013 together!