4 Subtle Differences Between the MSN and RN Student Experience

The student experience certainly morphs throughout one's education. I'm not talking about the obvious fact that in kindergarten you spent your days finger painting as opposed to mastering the art of algebra in high school. I'm talking higher level education here. Although both nursing and nurse practitioner programs prepare students for careers in healthcare, the student experience in earning these two types of degrees is different. 

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Shocking Loan Repayment Opportunities

If you're looking for a nurse practitioner job, thinking through more than just salary is a must. Benefits can add up to make a substantial compensation package sweetening your next job offer. The most lucrative of these potential add-ons? NHSC student loan repayment. Nurse practitioners looking to work in medically underserved areas may be eligible to receive tens of thousands of dollars each year towards paying down school debts. Check out these qualifying opportunities. 

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Does Working in a Nurse Practitioner Specialty Leave You Pigeon-Holed?

Specialty positions abound for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Interested in cardiology? No problem. Have a bent for oncology? There's a position out there for you. Specialty positions allow NPs and PAs to hone in on their interests and become experts in a focused area of medicine. Despite the draw of these types of job opportunities, some providers worry that accepting a specialty position will pigeon-hole them, limiting options for expanding their practice in the future. 

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Must-Have Posters for Your Primary Care Clinic

Most medical clinics are far too dingy and generic if you ask me. The walls are always painted some sort of band-aid tan. The smell of hand sanitizer and alcohol swabs wafts through the air causing every patient, regardless of chief complaint, to conjure up images of some sort of painful procedure. Pediatric practices make an effort to brighten up the environment to welcome kids. Maybe its time adult-focused practices did the same. 

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The Nurse Practitioner Pre-Wedding Checklist

I'm embarrassed to say it took me forever to change my name once I got married. The main reason for my procrastination? The thought of changing my name on all of my licenses and certifications necessary to practice as a nurse practitioner. Not only does an impending wedding day warrant thinking ahead about a name change, there are a lot of logistics to consider in regards to making your personal plans mesh with your employment situation. 

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