Do Employers Look at Your GPA for a Nurse Practitioner Job?

If you're a nurse practitioner student this year, finals season is probably looming on the horizon. The pressure to study is mounting and anxiety-filled review sessions are imminent. But, will all the stress really matter once you've graduated and are looking for your first nurse practitioner job? How much do employers really care about your grades?

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What Percentage of AGNPs Pass the Certification Exam?

It's clearly certification season for spring nurse practitioner graduates so we're discussing certification stats here at MidlevelU this week. The certification exam is a source of anxiety (understandably) for nurse practitioner new grads. Some insight as to what to expect with the NP certification exam can help. 

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How Many NPs Pass the AANPCB's FNP Certification Exam?

If you've recently graduated from your nurse practitioner program, you've probably got one thing on your mind - certification. And, you should. Once finals are over and you're about to receive your diploma, the next best step to take as a new grad is to get certified. This will be essential for continuing your job search and securing employment. Just how likely are you to pass the family nurse practitioner certification exam?

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How Do You Switch Specialties as a Nurse Practitioner?

If you are already a nurse practitioner, your education has prepared you for a general area of practice. If you attended an Acute Care NP Program, for example, you are qualified to work in the ICU, CCU, and a wealth of other specialty clinics and hospital settings. Or, perhaps as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner you are prepared to diagnose and treat kids. But, what if you want to switch it up mid-career?

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Is it Quality v. Quantity: What Should I Expect in a NP Contract?

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

“Is it usual for my contract to be this short?”, “Are employment agreements normally this long?” I receive these types of questions often from nurse practitioners who are presented with an employment agreement. My answer, “It is the quality, not the quantity, of the agreement that matters.” Sometimes a short and sweet agreement is all that is needed. 

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5 Things You Need to Know about Your Bonus Structure

...Before You Sign an Employment Agreement 

The promise of a bonus can sound enticing if you're looking for a nurse practitioner job. But, before you sign an employment agreement lured by bonus potential or build a bonus into your budget, there are a few things to consider. Don't get caught at the end of the next quarter expecting a big payday only to receive your standard check.

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Which States Have the Most Nurse Practitioners?

Looking at the concentration of nurse practitioners in a given state probably isn't the most important stat when it comes to the profession. But, it is a point of interest. The job market for nurse practitioners, for example, can be largely dependent on the number of NPs in the area. Salaries, in turn, rise and fall with demand. These are interesting trends to follow. 

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Your Nurse Practitioner Residency Questions, Answered

Good morning! Whew - is anyone else still recovering from Memorial Day weekend? On the upside, it's great to be getting into the swing of summertime. On the downside, I'm two cups of coffee in and still rubbing my sleepy eyes. Does anyone else feel the same? One of my activities for the day is planning our next Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info webinar...more to come on this. I love connecting with nurse practitioners and NP students looking to make next steps in their careers and the upcoming info session will be no exception. 

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7 Strategies for Finding a Job After NP School Graduation

Finding your first job as a nurse practitioner can be downright stressful. Student loan payments loom, the cost of certification and licensure has recently surprised you and your type-A classmates seem to be obnoxiously close to landing positions for themselves. If you're anxious about your nurse practitioner job search, you're not alone. I've been there. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to land yourself a NP job that don't involve applying in the abyss of online job postings

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Laceration Repair Round Up: Best Posts for Learning to Suture

Mastering procedures was one of the more difficult parts of life as a new grad nurse practitioner. Procedures take practice. Not to mention, there are additional factors to consider compared with less involved patient interactions. The risk of complications, for example, is much higher with procedures. So, these interventions must be approached with careful consideration. If you could use a brush up on your laceration repair skills, the following blog posts will help. 

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Should you pay off your student loans early?

Student loans are a great option for nurse practitioners who need assistance paying for their education. In some cases, it may be the only way to do so. Most have low-interest rates and affordable monthly payments spread out over a long period of time. There are also a plethora of options for making repayment more manageable. But even if the terms are easy to meet and the maturity date isn’t for another thirty years, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to pay them off as quickly as possible. By the same token, ensuring a quick payoff doesn’t mean you should sacrifice saving money each month either. So which is the priority, paying off your loans faster or building up your savings account?

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Why Your Preceptor is Failing You as a NP Student

...and Why You Should Think Differently About It 

I had an interesting conversation with a nurse practitioner student the other day. She was disappointed in her assigned preceptor. She felt like her preceptor didn't give her much autonomy in patient care and took little time to explain what she was doing and how she was making decisions. I find that dissatisfaction with preceptors is common among NP students. As an experienced NP helping out new grads, I've also seen the other side of the equation. 

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