The Art of Easing Nurse Practitioner Job Interview Anxiety

The thought of interviewing for a new job can make even experienced nurse practitioners shudder. Convincing an employer you're the best candidate for a position is anxiety provoking. Unknowns about how the interview will be conducted make preparation difficult. As someone who tends to be better with written communication than verbal, any interview, and particularly one for a job, is enough to make me wish I had a prescription for Xanax. 

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5 Reasons You Didn't Get the NP Raise You Asked For

Asking for a raise can be an uncomfortable conversation to have. But, if you're a nurse practitioner who thinks you deserve more, taking the initiative to ask is the first step if you truly want to see more dollar signs on your paycheck. So if you’ve bitten the bullet and managed to get through the undoubtedly awkward meeting with your boss, kudos to you! Unfortunately though, no matter how well deserving you thought you were of a raise, your boss may have responded with a resounding "no". 

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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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5 Foolproof Tactics for Expediting Nurse Practitioner Licensure

Applying for and maintaining state licensure is one of the not-so-fun parts of being a nurse practitioner. But, it's necessary in order to practice. If you're a new grad nurse practitioner or an NP relocating to another state, chances are you're facing the challenge of obtaining a new license to practice. Jumping through these paperwork hoops is not only an inconvenience, it can delay your ability to start working and receiving a paycheck.

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Secrets to Choosing an NP Job You Won't Get Tired Of

When I tell people I work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, the reaction is often something along the lines of "I bet that's exciting!". While I do love my job, the truth is that working even in the emergency setting does lend itself to a routine. The novelty of the ED wears off, there is a pattern even to the kinds of emergencies an NP can expect to encounter in the department. Nurse practitioners enjoy careers packed with variety and opportunity, but like other professionals are subject to the "more of the same" mentality. So, how do you choose a job you won't get tired of?

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Can a D.O. Supervise a Nurse Practitioner?

Much to most nurse practitioner's chagrin, many states require that NPs be 'supervised by' or 'collaborate with' a physician in order to practice, prescribe, or both. These laws can be straightforward or complex depending on the state and contain multiple conditions of this so-called collaboration or supervision. 

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A Quick Guide to Documenting a Cardiovascular Exam

Do you struggle with documentation as a nurse practitioner? Compiling your physical exam findings into a succinct statement or two isn't always easy. You must use language appropriate to the body system to convey your exam so that your notes make sense to other providers. You must also make sure to cover the components of each system relevant to the patient's presentation. If you're a nurse practitioner who could use a documentation brush up, check out this quick guide to documenting a cardiovascular exam. 

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9 Key Things NPs Must Know About an Employer Before Signing On

Doing your due diligence

One lesson I've learned as a nurse practitioner is that making assumptions about what employment at hospitals and clinics will be like is a major mistake. Like many NPs, when looking for a job in the past, I've neglected to assess key aspects of my potential employers. Your nurse practitioner job search should include research and questions about much more than compensation, schedule, and benefits

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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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How This FNP Became a Psychiatric Practice Owner

Continuing with our series on nurse practitioner entrepreneurs, this past week I had the opportunity to chat with Family Nurse Practitioner and practice owner Cymande Baxter-Rogers. Cymande and her husband Gregg Rogers founded Altum Psychiatric Services about 8 months ago. They have gained valuable knowledge in these early months of their business ownership adventure and Cymande was kind enough to take the time to tell me a little bit about their experience. 

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