How Much Will an Ivy League Nurse Practitioner Education Cost You?

The prestige of an Ivy League education is a big draw for some aspiring nurse practitioners. A reputable education leaves the door open for future opportunities should the NP choose to teach, further his or her education, or simply hope to be more competitive in the job market. Highly selective nurse practitioner programs can certainly give your future career prospects an edge, but the education will cost you. How expensive is an Ivy League nurse practitioner education?

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You've Finished Your Nurse Practitioner Program, Now How Do You Find a Job?

With the abundance of articles discussing the rapid expansion of the nurse practitioner career, it seems like it should be easy to find a job as a nurse practitioner after graduation from a nurse practitioner program.   While this is sometimes the case, it may be more difficult than recent news articles make it seem.  What are the best ways to find a job after graduation from your nurse practitioner program?

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Live Nurse Practitioner Residency Q&A

Learn more about the new residency-like program for NPs

By now you've probably heard about MidlevelU's new residency-like program for nurse practitioners. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) facilitates a smooth transition from education to practice with the mission of serving communities in need of healthcare. Applying to MMU and other post-graduate programs is a big decision. So, on January 30th at Noon CST, we're hosting a live webinar to answer questions, address concerns, and generally share our enthusiasm for MMU. 

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The NP's Recipe for Job Search Networking Success

Call me crazy, but I find cooking a new recipe very relaxing. I pour myself a glass of wine, let the kitchen fill with the sounds of my latest favorite jams and get to work. Something about having the steps of the process all laid out makes the project seem very simple regardless of how complex the cooking technique may be. Fortunately, stress-free recipes don't only apply to food. And, I've got a recipe dog-eared in my book for finding your next nurse practitioner job. 

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The Ultimate NP Resume Objective Statement

If you ask me, a resume objective statement isn't necessary for nurse practitioners. So, if you don't want to include an objective statement on your CV, that's OK. Stop reading this blog post and peruse last week's article about job search networking success instead (or this one about apps dealing with poop). But, if you are one of those nurse practitioners who simply cannot stomach the thought of submitting a resume without clearly stating your intentions, read on. 

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5 Fierce Ways Millennials will Change the NP Profession

Did you grow up doing any of the following a. playing Oregon Trail on a desktop computer b. wearing Playskool roller skates velcroed over your Keds c. watching the TV hit Full House? If so, you might be a millennial. My husband and I always argue about which of us is a millennial (he is clearly too old to be considered). Most people, however, define the generation as those individuals born from the early 1980's through the mid 1990's. As this generation establishes itself further and further in the workforce, we can expect to see some changes in the coming years. 

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What Can Nurse Practitioners Learn from Martin Luther King Jr.?

I have to admit. I wasn't quite sure how to relate Martin Luther King Jr. day to the nurse practitioner profession. I explored the obvious connection, minorities in nursing, but the statistics I uncovered weren't particularly compelling and I was bored by the potential content of my post. Then, I uncovered a few quotes from the famous Martin Luther King Jr. which are some of the most thought provoking I have read.  

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Yep, Your Patients are Stereotyping You By Gender

I'm not usually one to chime in on gender in the workplace discussions. Frankly, I'm not one to tip toe around politically correct lines. I'm a hire the right person for the job kind of individual rather than one who envisions workplaces with a 50-50 balance of men and women. Recently, however, a gender related matter hit the email list serve and became a discussion topic with my employer affecting my work as a nurse practitioner. Here's what happened. 

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Collaboration vs. Supervision: Understanding NP Scope of Practice

As a nurse practitioner, I would probably describe my relationships with the physicians with whom I work as collaboration. In most cases I see my own patients independently. The charts for these encounters are signed by a physician as required by state law. When I do have a question, the MDs I work with are happy to help. On the other hand, when a lower acuity patient walks through the door of the emergency department, I see the patient so physicians can focus on those of a higher acuity level. This structure represents teamwork, a collaborative and cooperative workplace environment. 

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CT Scans: When Do You Need Contrast?

Working in the emergency department as a nurse practitioner, I order CT scans in my evaluation of patients every day. When I was newer to my role, I had a lot of questions about diagnostic imaging, when it was indicated, and what test to order. One of these questions that came up frequently related to CT scans was "Do I need contrast?". If you're a nurse practitioner who struggles with the same question, check out the following guide to contrast and CT scans. 

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CRNAs Earn Over $200K in These States

If you're a CRNA looking for a place to call home, or an aspiring nurse anesthetist thinking through the logistics of you future career, salary is of course a consideration in determining where you will practice or if, in fact, you will go back to school for an advanced degree. Salaries for nurse anesthetists are as a whole significantly higher than those for other advanced practice specialties. They are so high that in some states, average CRNA salaries top the $200K mark. 

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X-Ray vs. CT vs. MRI: What's the Difference?

When a child comes in to the clinic after a fall with pain in an extremity, as a nurse practitioner you know what to do. You order an X-ray of the affected area, right? Sometimes, however, selecting the appropriate diagnostic test isn't so simple. Ultimately, test selection depends on the condition(s) you are looking for or trying to rule out as determined by the patient's history and physical exam. If you're not quite sure what to order and when, here are some general differences between common diagnostic imaging tools which may help you make a decision. 

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