How to Become a Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur in 7 Exciting Steps

Entrepreneurial nurse practitioners often reach out to me asking how I started MidlevelU and I'm happy to share my story. Businesses get started in all different ways, but there are a few standard steps entrepreneurs usually take to get an idea off the ground. I took these in an informal sense to launch MidlevelU. Whether you're interested in opening your own clinic or starting a preceptor matching service, here's how to get moving.

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Does Working in an Independent Practice State Really Affect Your NP Job?

I've had several nurse practitioners tell me they will only work in independent practice states. That is, states whose scope of practice laws don't require nurse practitioners to be supervised by or collaborate with a physician. While I understand the position of these NPs, they are capable of treating patients without oversight, I have to wonder - does working in an independent practice state actually change what a nurse practitioner's day-to-day job looks like?

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Why Some RNs Should Expect Lower Salaries as NPs

Earlier today, I reviewed stats showing that nurses can expect to earn substantially more on average by advancing their careers. Depending on specialty, nurse practitioners earn $36,000 to $40,000 more than their RN counterparts...with a few caveats.

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How Much More Can Nurses Earn as Nurse Practitioners?

If you're thinking about going back to school to become a nurse practitioner, salary is obviously part of your decision making process. Do the dollars and cents add up when is comes to the time and expense required to enter a new career path? Nurses earn a good living and so before returning to school you'll want to make sure the numbers crunch favorably. 

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My Best Advice for Anxiety-Filled New Grad NPs

New grad nurse practitioner life is no joke. Even if you've worked as a nurse for many years, you're taking on a new role with significantly more responsibility as an NP. Now, you're responsible for diagnosing and creating a treatment plan, in some cases working almost autonomously. For new nurse practitioners, this can be an anxiety provoking experience. 

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Can Your Employer Make You Get a Flu Shot?

Throughout the months of October through February, nurse practitioners spend much of their shift treating countless numbers of influenza cases, as patients flock to the clinic in the hopes that there’s still an opportunity to lessen their misery with an antiviral prescription. 

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These Psych NP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

If you're thinking about going back to school to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, there's a lot to consider as you make decisions about your education. Program flexibility, cost, and curriculum all factor in to selecting the best school for your needs. Aside from these more obvious factors, we also suggest prospective nurse practitioners look at the way schools structure clinical placements as well as at the success rate of the program's grads on the national nurse practitioner certification exam. 

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8 Brainy Study Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

As a nurse practitioner student, I would often create my own study mnemonics. My efforts were met with varied rates of success. At times, my attempts resulted in such hair-brained sentences that I couldn't recall the mnemonic itself come test time, much less what it's words represented. Ultimately, I opted for tried and true memory tools recommended by instructors and other students. Final exams are just around the corner, so if you're a nurse practitioner student consider adding the following neurology mnemonics to your test taking strategy. 

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How to Wear Scrubs When Its Freezing Outside

Baby, it's cold outside! My least favorite part of cold and flu season is not the increased patient volume in the emergency department. Rather, it's the walk from my car to the front door of the hospital. Wearing thin scrubs leaves my legs freezing cold, and drafty indoor hospital temperatures have my fingers so icy I can barely tap out a patient's chart on my keyboard. Dressing for cold weather as a nurse practitioner can certainly be challenging. How do you wear scrubs when it's freezing outside?

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Congrats! You've Got One of the Best Jobs in the U.S.

There are certainly ups and downs in the nurse practitioner career. From difficult patients to dealing with bodily fluids and administrative snafus (maybe even all in the same day), there's a reason they call it 'work'. Despite these challenges, I truly enjoy my life as an NP. I'm constantly learning, intellectually stimulated, respect my colleagues, and have avoided having a desk job - something my active self couldn't handle. Not to mention, I earn a pretty substantial salary. It turns out that there are others who think like myself and see that nurse practitioners and physician assistants have a pretty good gig. 

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(Moderately) Successful Attempts to Overcome Guilt from a New NP Mom

I'm a whopping 7 weeks in to life as a working mom. I anticipated that balancing my nurse practitioner career with motherhood might present a challenge at times. And, I was right. What I couldn't predict was exactly how I'd feel when I left my baby boy in the morning for work and he looked at me sweetly with those big blue eyes as I handed him over to the babysitter. 

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6 Profitable Side Hustles for Strapped NP Students

How's your 2018 budget looking? If you're a nurse practitioner student, making ends meet financially while keeping your sanity is no easy task. Sure, you could maintain full-time employment as a nurse while you work on your NP degree, but between work, clinicals and classroom time you'll quickly get burned out. You could also take an extended break from employment to focus on your education, but for many nurse practitioner students this isn't an option. So, how can you make some extra cash while still having time for your education when you're in NP school?

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