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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Clinical Hack: The Ring String Trick

Working in the emergency department, one of my favorite cases to treat is rings stuck on swollen fingers. While it doesn't happen everyday, there's something gratifying about the opportunity to grind through a ring on a finger that is steadily turning bluer and bluer.

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Don't Fall Victim to a Mid-Career Attitude Shift

Last night, I showed up for my overnight shift in the ER having just arrived home from vacation a few hours earlier. I wasn't necessarily tired, our road trip had provided the perfect excuse for a long nap, but I was, well, feeling a little lazy. As a result of my post-vacation blahs, last evening around 2am the temptation to half-@$$ my job was real. Every time a chart clanked down into the "To-Be-Seen" rack, my shoulders slumped a little lower. Maybe someone else would get that... 

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Nurse Practitioner Residencies: A Look at Your Options

One of the biggest hurdles you will encounter as a nurse practitioner is your first few months of practice.  Moving from clinical hours in your NP program to real-life practice can be quite a shock.  The learning curve is steep, and it takes a few months before you begin to feel comfortable working as an NP.  A growing trend, completing a nurse practitioner residency, aims to smooth the transition from education to practice.

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Top 5 Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs

Looking to become a pediatric nurse practitioner? Pediatric NP programs have become more specialized over the past few years with the implementation of the APRN Consensus Model. This means that if you are planning to work in the world of pediatrics, you must select either an acute or primary care focus. If acute care is your specialty of choice, consider these top acute care pediatric nurse practitioner programs for your education.

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