7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Education

Prepared or not, your nurse practitioner education is going to cost you thousands of dollars. So, making decisions about how you plan to become an NP shouldn't be taken lightly. Putting some extra research and effort in on the front-end of your education could save you thousands of dollars of hard earned money later. Here are a few tips and tricks for managing the cost of your nurse practitioner education. 

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The Rules for Delivering Bad News to Patients

I've talked to some colleagues recently who've been a little down about their roles as nurse practitioners. Working in family practice, they have found themselves in the position of delivering bad or upsetting news to their patients. Cancer diagnoses were fortunately made rather than missed, but letting a patient know they've got a serious, life-altering illness or condition is tough, not to mention, this is not something most of us as NPs learn to do in school. 

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5 Helpful Pocket Orthopedic Guides for Nurse Practitioners

Diagnosing orthopedic symptoms can be tricky. X-rays, for example, don't tell you a lot about tendons and ligaments that are often responsible for joint pain. More advanced testing, like MRI, is costly, and often requires prior authorization from insurance companies leading to a delay in treatment. While there are a number of clinical orthopedic exam maneuvers that indicate the exact type of injury and help lead nurse practitioners to a diagnosis, the specifics of these exam techniques can be difficult to recall on the spot. 

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CYA Charting: When Patients Don't Follow Your Advice

Having worked as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department for more than 10 years, there have been plenty of times patients have chosen not to follow my advice. Whether for financial, work-related or other personal reasons, sometimes patients decide to forgo the advised course of medical treatment and make an alternate decision. 

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3 Things I Learned from My NP New Grad Job Search Experience

By Guest Contributor Justin Groce, AGNP-C

So, you’ve just graduated from your nurse practitioner program? Congrats! I wrapped up NP school and officially entered the job market in 2015. I quickly discovered there are some highs and lows for new grad NPs when it comes to the job search. If you’re a new nurse practitioner graduate this year, here are three tips based on my personal experiences.

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Can Nurse Practitioners Administer Dermal Fillers?

Scope of practice questions are tricky. In many cases, the law does not outline specifically what types of procedures APRNs are allowed to perform nor does it expressly prohibit nurse practitioners from offering certain services. Rather, NPs tend to be regulated by a very general set of practice guidelines. In many states, however, cosmetic procedures like administering dermal fillers (ex. Juvederm, Restylane) are treated differently. 

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The Truth about Social Media and Your NP Job Search

Will your Instagram account affect your nurse practitioner candidacy?

Whether you’re on the hunt for your first nurse practitioner job or are making a career change, you’ve undoubtedly heard your fair share of warnings about how your social media profiles can affect your chances of landing an NP position. But is it really true? Do potential employers really investigate your social media presence as part of their hiring process? 

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Working for a Mom & Pop Practice: Do or Don't

Working for a small practice can have a lot of appeal as a nurse practitioner. You avoid the bureaucracy associated with employment in a large health system. You may be able to work out a flexible employment arrangement with ease. Not to mention, you might simply enjoy the close-knit group of individuals you work with. As you evaluate your options, the size of the practice is important to consider and will directly impact your day-to-day. Consider these things if you're thinking about joining a clinic that could be described as a "mom & pop" practice. 

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Can You Really Accept that Nurse Practitioner Job?

Making realistic NP career moves 

There are a wealth of opportunities out there for job-seeking nurse practitioners. From unique practice settings to distinct patient populations and geographic location, the options for your career are endless. 

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What's the Pass Rate for the Acute Care NP Certification Exam?

Passing the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam is the key to entering practice if you're graduating from your ACAGNP program this year. It's standing between you and employment (i.e. a paycheck)...no pressure. If you haven’t already, odds are at some point, you’ll have a stressful thought or two about which exam to take and whether you’ll actually pass. What do the stats say about your decision?

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Cardiology Certifications for NPs That Don't Require Another Degree

...because you've been in school long enough

I received an excellent question from a nurse practitioner this weekend. This particular NP reached out about programs that allow nurse practitioners to receive specialty education or acknowledge specialty experience without returning to school for an additional degree. Most nurse practitioner programs offer broad education tracks rather than subspecialty education. So, NPs with focused interests are left to blaze their own trails toward further specialization. 

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Six Ways to Fight a Post NP Graduation Slump

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program is a bittersweet accomplishment. On one hand you’re beyond excited to finally be done with school and eager to start your new profession as an NP. On the other hand, you may also feel overwhelmed and stressed about the uncertainty of your future now that school is over and it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice.

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