3 Steps to Take If Your Supervising Physician Isn’t Cutting It

I’ve had a number of supervising physicians throughout my years as a nurse practitioner. Some I’ve looked up to. Others not so much. Some physicians have served to add bricks of clinical knowledge to my ever-growing medical foundation. Others have dodged my questions. Even if you practice in a state without a supervisory or collaborative practice requirement, as a nurse practitioner you’re going to do a lot of on-the-job learning and physicians are a natural go-to in this quest to grow your knowledge. 

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How Much Will Your RN Salary Increase as a NP?

One of the great things about the nursing profession is that there are a number of directions you can take your career. And, you can take these steps at any point. This gives seasoned and inexperienced RNs the motivation to constantly improve and advance professionally. If you're planning to further your education, due diligence is in order. In some states becoming a nurse practitioner may not mean the raise you're expecting. In other locations making the move from RN to NP pays off financially. How much more can you expect to earn by becoming a nurse practitioner in your state? 

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The Inside Scoop on Financial Aid for NP Students

I'm certainly not an accountant, but I'm not bad with numbers either. I can plan and maintain a budget (unless I find myself at Nordstrom...), and make appropriate decisions regarding my finances. Despite my personal financial know-how, reviewing financial aid options for nurse practitioner students makes me cringe. 

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5 Warfarin Management Resources for FNPs

After the potential side effects and complications of warfarin were hammered into me in my nurse practitioner program, I was pretty terrified to prescribe the medication. Not to mention, I felt like my NP program spent so much time discussing the complications of warfarin, they forgot to hone in on how to actually manage the medication effectively. Where do you go when you aren't sure what the next steps are to manage an out-of-whack INR correctly?

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Rage-Quitting Your NP Job: Is There a Right Way?

Have you ever told yourself that if your insufferable boss lashes out at you one more time, that’s it; you’re telling them exactly what you think of them and the facility as you walk out of those double doors for the last time with two middle fingers in the air? Whether willing to admit it or not, rage-quitting an abhorable job is something every nurse practitioner has dreamt of doing a time or two. What better gratification is there than a dramatic exit from a hospital or clinic you simply cannot spend one more miserable second at? 

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4 Cold, Hard Truths in Your First Nurse Practitioner Job

The excitement of graduating from your NP program and eager anticipation of starting your first nurse practitioner job (i.e. finally getting a paycheck!), probably have you feeling like you're in a pretty good spot. And, you are. Congratulations on this step in your career are certainly in order. Personally, once I actually started my job, things took a turn for the worse. I found that starting my first NP job was an eye-opening reality check. 

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RN Experience in Your NP Job Search: Does it Help?

It seem like RN experience should help or count for something in your nurse practitioner job search, right?! But, does this assumption play out in practice?

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Non-Solicitation Clause: Is One Hiding in Your NP Employment Agreement?

I’ve mentioned before, that thinking through how your nurse practitioner job will end is perhaps even more important than negotiating how it will begin. As you review any employment agreement, it’s imperative that you consider the implications of restrictive covenants like non-compete clauses. Such terms limit how and where you can practice when you leave the employer in question. 

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8 Tips to Save Nurse Practitioners from Job Search Disaster

Do you ever worry that the company currently employing you as a nurse practitioner will discover you're looking for a new job? Believe it or not, having a job while looking for another really is an ideal situation. Current employment makes you a more attractive nurse practitioner candidate as it shows to prospective employers that you are hireable and in demand; whereas searching for jobs as an unemployed NP raises questions for potential employers and puts you on the defense as to why you’re not currently in the workforce. 

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The Emotional Stages of Life as a New Grad Nurse Practitioner

I distinctly recall learning about the stages of grief during a psychiatric rotation in my nursing program. Having experienced the recent death of a family member, I identified with the content, and was impressed that the textbook outline of the grieving process was so spot on. The emotional stages of a new grad nurse practitioner are much different than those of the grief process (thank goodness!), however, for most NPs, new grad emotions come in a somewhat predictable pattern. 

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Is There a Nurse Practitioner to Physician Assistant Track?

Interestingly, I've had a number of individuals ask about transitioning from the nurse practitioner to the physician assistant profession or vice versa. Returning to the academic setting to complete the full education requirements to become a PA seems unnecessary if you're already a nurse practitioner since the two professions practice so similarly. So, is there a fast track for nurse practitioners who want to become physician assistants? What about the other way around?

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Tylenol vs. Ibuprofen: Which is Better for Fever?

Ahh, the age-old dilemma. When it comes to fever reduction, which works better - acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen? I treat a lot of patients in the emergency department for fever-causing illnesses and recommend OTC medications on a daily (or more like hourly!) basis. But, when it comes to the exact stats for these medications, it can be difficult to remember to answer patients' F.A.Q. Which is better for fever reduction - acetaminophen or ibuprofen? And, how long does each medication take to kick in?

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