Unexpected Ways to Diversify Your Career Without a DNP

A nurse practitioner recently emailed me asking how to "diversify or advance [herself] professionally and not necessarily by becoming a DNP". This is a question a lot of us as nurse practitioners are asking. Our time in the clinic or hospital seeing patients becomes routine and we're ready to mix things up a bit. But, we don't necessarily want to go back to school. The DNP doesn't seem like it will necessarily lead to the professional change we're looking for. 

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Jobs for NPs with Flexible Hours

One of the common frustrations of life as a nurse practitioner is that the work schedule may not be as flexible as it is with other occupations. We almost always treat patients in person so working from home isn't an option. And, appointments are scheduled far in advance making it difficult to shift around our work days or hours. We all have commitments and interests outside of work that make a flexible schedule desirable. So, how do you land employment as a nurse practitioner that still allows you the flexibility to tend to the things life throws your way?

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Are Your Nurse Practitioner Salary Expectations Reasonable?

Compensation may not be the most important thing to you in your job search but it certainly enters the equation. You’re likely approaching your career transition with a salary expectation in mind. What’s your number?

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Urgent Care NP Residency Opportunities

A new option with MMU!

Most participants in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU), our residency-like NP program, match with primary care facilities to help take their clinical skills to the next level post-graduation. This week, we're excited to announce that MMU now has the option to match with urgent care facilities in the southeast (TN, LA, KY, MS). If you're a Family Nurse Practitioner new grad (or soon to be) and are interested in the urgent care setting, the program is a fantastic opportunity to do your first year of clinical practice with in-clinic support as well as a didactic curriculum packed with practical, actionable clinical information. 

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Can You Afford to Start Your Own Practice?

Last 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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6 Primary Care Podcasts for Nurse Practitioners On-the-Go

How do you use your downtime? As a nurse practitioner, even with ten years of experience, I often feel that I still have so much to learn. One of the great (but challenging) things about the medical profession is that healthcare is constantly evolving and changing. To help keep up to date with the latest in clinical practice, I often turn to podcasts. These audio education series are the perfect way to put downtime in the car to use and pay off in my practice. 

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3 Dermatology Certifications for Nurse Practitioners

NP degrees are awarded for broad specialties, but for nurse practitioners with focused interests, seeking specialty certification outside of academia can be a beneficial career move. This not only demonstrates a commitment to your specialty but also show patients and prospective employers that you have achieved a certain skill set or level of knowledge. Earlier, we looked at cardiology certifications for NPs. Today, we will tackle derm. 

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Tips That Will Make You a Rockstar at Clinic Time Management

Advice to avoid getting behind schedule

Getting behind schedule is a constant battle for many nurse practitioners. Patients arrive like clockwork for appointments, piling up in the lobby, as you struggle to get those currently in the exam room treated and out the door. Unexpected paperwork piles up. Answering patient calls eats up precious minutes. Your printer malfunctioning requires time to fix. 

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Why Employers Should Think Differently about Hiring New Grad APPs

There's significant resistance among healthcare employers when it comes to hiring new graduate nurse practitioners and physician assistants. And, it's understandable. Advanced practice providers (APPs) have significantly less formal education than physicians but in the clinical setting may see the same or very similar patients. Navigating this "skills gap" proves challenging. Helping bridge this gap requires the time, effort and willingness of more experienced providers reducing their time available for revenue-generating activities. Though the downsides of employing less experienced NPs and PAs are apparent, there is some silver lining to this approach.

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Cultivating a Teamwork Culture in Healthcare

Teamwork is crucial to the overall success of your practice. When a medical team is working cohesively, the business operations run more smoothly, employee morale and job satisfaction are strengthened and most importantly, patient outcomes are improved. Harmonious teams also equate effective communication channels between providers, patients and their caregivers. This ultimately reduces the likelihood of medical errors, near misses and other negative outcomes not to mention contributes to the financial success of your practice.

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Why Nurse Practitioners Train on the Backs of Physicians

By Guest Author Lynn McComas, DNP, ANP-C

“Nurse practitioner (NP) education is seriously underfunded. The profession is attempting to saddle private physicians with this cost.”

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Job Search: Breaking Through at a Large Hospital System

Tips for Nurse Practitioners

I recently spoke with a friend who is a highly specialized nurse practitioner (electrophysiology). She has about ten years of experience and would be a great catch for any cardiology group. When she moved to a new city this past year, however, she encountered significant hurdles landing a job. The city where she lives is dominated by large hospitals and even though she applied for job postings online, she seemed to get nowhere in the bureaucratic hiring processes of these institutions. 

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