When you're looking for a nurse practitioner job or evaluating a potential career change or advancement, salary is a major piece of the equation. If you are relocating for a position, will your move have a positive or negative impact on your earning potential? Does going back to school to become a nurse practitioner make financial sense for you?
Happy Wednesday, MidlevelU readers! I'm not sure if I've effectively communicated my excitement about everything that's going on over at MidlevelU HQ here in Nashville, TN lately. We're connecting with a record number of nurse practitioners and have loved interacting with you all outside of the blogosphere. If you haven't heard of the Career Advisor Program, check it out. Today, I'm excited to tell you about a way you can help guide the career of a fellow NP yourself.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants work in very similar settings and in many cases are even used interchangeably. In the emergency department where I work, for example, NPs and PAs are hired for the same positions without a preference among management for one over the other. Although these medical providers work alongside each other performing the same job responsibilities and with similar scopes of practice, there are a few ways the nurse practitioner and physician assistant education looks different.
Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with Anna, a CRNA student well into her 28 month program. While I personally chose a career path as a nurse practitioner, furthering your nursing education can be accomplished in many different ways. If you are considering a career as a nurse anesthetist and are evaluating your options, or are a CRNA student looking for a little support and direction, Anna had valuable advice to offer in our conversation covering all things CRNA clinicals. Today, we talked about approaching your graduate program with the end in mind - employment.