Happy Friday! How was your week? Today is the first day I'm not feeling the effects of sleep deprivation. Fully (I think) recovered from working a few night shifts in the emergency department, I'm ready to take on the weekend in full force. With summer coming to a close, I'm feeling the pressure to maximize pool time and other outdoor activities tomorrow. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material as you relax over the next few days, check out this week's more interesting medical news.
It's certification time for students graduating from NP programs this month. Choosing whether to take the AANP or ANCC nurse practitioner certification exam, if given the option for your specialty, can be a difficult decision. While the exams are overall very similar, there are a few small differences that can help you make your final decision.
I've reviewed a lot of nurse practitioner resumes over the past year and have been amazed at the number of ways there are to market yourself as an NP. Some nurse practitioners include a headshot on their CV while others opt for adding a few graphic design touches. Most choose a more traditional look. Crafting a professional, put together resume is essential in your nurse practitioner job search. It's an employer's first impression of you. What resume qualities get your job search process started off on the wrong foot?
Thinking about becoming a physician assistant? What you may or may not know is that many schools require that PA program applicants have a background in providing direct patient care. This requirement may mean that you cannot apply to physician assistant schools unless you have thousands of hours of healthcare experience under your belt. For many aspiring PAs, the direct patient care requirement is prohibitive in furthering one's career. Fortunately, there are a handful of schools in each region of the country accepting applications from PAs to-be without a patient care background.