Sail the High Seas as a Cruise Ship Nurse

Combining your love of travel with your love for nursing and jetting off to another country to live and work can be a little intimidating. Not only will you have to apply for a nursing license and a Visa, but you’ll have to adapt to another country’s customs and learn their medical system. The entire process can leave you feeling a little anxious about whether it's the right move for you, personally and professionally. But, it can be an amazing adventure! If you’re not tied down by many responsibilities in the states, consider embarking as a nurse on board a cruise ship.

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The TED Talk Every New Grad Nurse Practitioner Must Watch

How are you sitting right now? Are you hunched over a laptop, your spine taking on curvatures matched only by 80-year-old women? Are your arms crossed or upward, hands resting behind your ears? Better yet, how did you sit during your last job interview?

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6 Reasons Your NP Job Search Went Radio Silent

To the techies in the crowd, the term radio silent may signify a "status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area are asked to stop transmitting for safety or security reasons". To single guys and gals, the term may describe the status of your relationship with the person with whom you were last Tindering. If you're a nurse practitioner, it's entirely possible that the term 'radio silent' best describes your job search (or maybe your job search and your last dating relationship?). Why aren't employers calling you back?

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4 Valuable Lessons Learned by Working in a NP Job You Hate

Have you ever worked as a nurse practitioner in a position that, let's say, 'built character'? I'll be honest. Having a professional career isn't always the ladder-climbing dream many people make it out to be. Medical practices and hospitals are often mismanaged. Coworkers are annoying. And, well, maybe you just aren't a great fit for the specialty where you've established yourself as an NP. If your collaborating physician is a total jerk, your practice is falling apart at the seams, or you just can't face writing another unnecessary prescription for a Z-Pack, take five before you throw in the towel. Your not-so-ideal job may be totally worth it. 

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How NPs Can Practice in New Zealand

If you’re the world-traveler type, packing up and moving to a foreign country has probably crossed your mind a time or two. As an NP though, the ability to continue your practice abroad with the same autonomy and recognition you receive in the United States is not something you’ll find in many countries throughout the world. In fact, in some places, you may either be deduced to working as more of a nurse’s aide or find you’re better off pursuing another profession altogether. If you can’t stomach the thought of giving up all that you’ve worked so hard to achieve in your NP career, but can’t let go your dream to be an expat either, look no further than the sovereign island nation of New Zealand.

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NP Residency Opportunity in Oregon

Are you a new (or soon-to-be) nurse practitioner looking for an adventure out West? If you haven’t yet heard of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU), you can think about the program like a residency for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. You match with a facility that is a supportive place to learn and kick off your career while also participating in a didactic curriculum to boost your clinical knowledge. You can learn more about the program here

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What Should NPs Expect in a Performance Review?

Does your employer conduct regularly scheduled performance reviews? Whether you're a nurse practitioner with a meeting on the books to discuss your conduct or you're faced with an impromptu assessment of your latest achievements, a performance review can be downright nerve wracking. Knowing what to expect in such a meeting and coming prepared can help you approach the review with confidence and ease anxiety. Here's what nurse practitioners can expect when a boss requests a meet-up. 

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Ask These 6 Questions Before Agreeing to Call as a Nurse Practitioner

On-call responsibilities can be a major burden as a nurse practitioner (the dread!). They mean bringing work home with you and the obligation to be on duty after hours, on weekends, and even holidays. Although managing patients by phone can be an inconvenience, the way in which this responsibility is delegated within a practice is the make-or-break factor in determining if taking call is reasonable. If your employer or soon-to-be boss is asking you to accept call responsibilities, ask these six questions first. 

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How to Prepare the Night Before Your NP Job Interview

Tomorrow is the big day. The day you’ve been thinking about all week; your job interview for a new position as a nurse practitioner. Over the last few days, you’ve (hopefully) taken the time to study over the job requirements, made a comparative list of your qualifications and have come up with a few examples of how your NP experience relates to this position; you’ve even perfected how you’ll answer certain questions the interviewer may ask. 

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Should You Ditch Your Full-Time NP Job for Freelancing?

In my first years as a nurse practitioner I worked more than full-time. I picked up extra shifts and took on PRN positions in addition to a full-time job. I busted my booty to save money to buy a house, a much needed vehicle upgrade, and overall establish myself as a working adult in a successful career. Then, in 2012, I founded MidlevelU which became my side-gig. Seven years later and counting, the day-in and day-out operations of MidlevelU have become a more than full-time commitment and I have adjusted my schedule working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department accordingly. I maintain PRN positions with a few local hospitals and work seeing patients one or two days a week. 

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