Can You Afford to Start Your Own Practice?

Earlier this year, we did a series on nurse practitioner entrepreneurs here on MidlevelU. These NP's insights into business ownership and the stories of how they started their own practices were very enlightening. In talking with NP entrepreneurs, one common thread wove through many of their stories. Finances. 

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The NP & PA's Guide to Volunteering at Music Festivals

If you’re a nurse practitioner or physician assistant who enjoys attending concerts and music festivals, then signing up as an event healthcare provider may be just the opportunity you’re looking for. Not only is it a great way to get an all-access pass for a festival you’ve been dying to go to, but it’s a unique way to practice your clinical skills in a very cool, nontraditional environment. 

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10 Highest Paying Cities for Nurse Practitioners

Each year the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects salary information for various professions and in the spring publishes data for the prior year. And, the stats are out for NPs in 2017! Salary is always an interesting topic of discussion so over the next few weeks on MidlevelU, you can expect some insight on compensation for nurse practitioners around the country. Today we're looking at the cities where nurse practitioners can expect to earn the most. 

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5 Inspiring NPs Who Started Their Own Clinics

Do you have an entrepreneurial bent? If starting your own practice is a career aspiration, the best place to begin your endeavor is by talking to other nurse practitioners who've done the same. I have spoken with a number of NP practice owners who've shared their stories here on MidlevelU. 

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How Much Will Your RN Salary Increase as a CRNA?

If you're thinking about taking your nursing career to the next level, there are many factors to consider. One of the more important considerations is salary. How will advancing your career help you meet your financial goals? Nurses often debate between becoming a nurse practitioner vs. a nurse anesthetist. Earlier, we looked at how much more NPs can expect to earn than RNs on a state-by-state basis. Now, let's look at how much more CRNAs can expect to earn than their RN counterparts. 

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Is a Career in Telemedicine Right for You?

Changing the face of healthcare, telemedicine has been instrumental in helping to bridge the gaps in the provider shortage. Not only has it been revolutionary in breaking down geographic barriers to healthcare access for patients, but the industry is opening up unique opportunities for NPs in a variety of specialties from primary care, to psychiatry and dermatology. Working in telehealth certainly comes with some appealing benefits but as with any job, it has its disadvantages. If you’re considering applying for NP positions in telehealth, here are some factors to consider first.

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Why You're Not Landing NP Job Interviews

Looking for a nurse practitioner job? If you're on the hunt for a new position and proverbial doors are being slammed in your face, there's likely a reason. While there's not much you can personally do about the job market or number of opportunities in your area, you can take a look at your own job search behavior to maximize the chances of getting a call back. Why aren't you being selected for NP job interviews?

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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 month. 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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4 Little NP Habits That Will Get You a Big Raise

How do you stand out as a nurse practitioner? Many times it seems our employers focus exclusively on patient volume (and often they do!), but there are also a few other professional behaviors common among standout nurse practitioners. If you're an NP looking to take your career - and salary - to the next level, start by mastering these four habits. 

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Why Nurse Practitioners Have More Momentum than Physician Assistants

Last month we took a look at the number of NPs, PAs and MDs graduating from schools each year. Data showing a decided increase in the number of NP grads over the past five years is interesting, especially compared to that of other healthcare provider professions. Not only are nurse practitioners graduating from programs in growing numbers, scope of practice legislation across the US has also become increasingly favorable for NPs. On the other hand, physician assistants don't seem to be making the same strides as NPs. Why?

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