Chasing Unicorns: Does the Perfect NP Job Exist?

Yesterday, I spent my afternoon dreading work. It wasn't really the work that had me feeling down, but more the thought of staying up all night, the impending sleep deprivation and the feeling of missing out on some quality lazy-weekend time with my friends and family. Upon my arrival in the emergency department, I immediately stepped into my role soon forgetting the soup-eating and rainy evening TV watching I was missing. 

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Nurse Practitioners Average Six-Figure Salaries in These States

Salaries for nurse practitioners in nearly every state are on the rise. As the role of nurse practitioners expands and the need for healthcare in the U.S. increases, NPs become a more valuable asset and stand to profit. While the average nurse practitioner salary is between $90,000 and $95,000 nationally depending on who you ask, some states come out ahead of this mark. Where can nurse practitioners earn the most?

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Weekend Wrap Up 9.25.16

Ahhh...lazy Sundays are simply the best. While I have gotten a few things accomplished on my 'to-do' list, I kicked of the morning with cold pizza for breakfast in true 'do whatever you want, it's the weekend' style. As an added bonus, unseasonably warm fall weather has made poolside lounging and burger grilling possible this afternoon. I couldn't ask for a more relaxing way to get a little R&R in preparation for the craziness of the upcoming work week. If you could use some reading material for your Sunday pleasure, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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Not Your Mom's Compression Socks

I'm publishing this post at high risk of losing all fashion credibility. My cool points are definitely on the decline. I'm pretty sure my mom wears compression socks. My grandmother definitely wore them. While supportive hosiery is certainly not a fashion statement most of us want to make, as nurse practitioners on our feet sometimes we must sacrifice looking good for feeling good. 

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Can You Afford to Become a Nurse Practitioner?

You're no longer a college student so you've become accustomed to eating steak for dinner rather than ramen and ordering cocktails at happy hour instead of sipping PBR. You might even have a mortgage, or a child's future educational expenses to plan for. As we go through life, our budgets become more complex, and often more stretched. This makes determining if you can afford to become a nurse practitioner a difficult calculation. 

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