Registration is Open! Emergencies in Primary Care CE Conference

Your ticket to MidlevelU's continuing education conference for NPs & PAs

We are so, so, so excited here at MidlevelU HQ today. Yes, it is Friday. But that's not the reason. Rather, we've officially opened registration to our first ever, live continuing education conference. Yes, that's right, this coming March you can connect with MidlevelU in-person, not to mention master helpful content about acute and emergent problems nurse practitioners and physician assistants encounter in the primary care and outpatient settings. 

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Apps That Help Nurse Practitioner Students Succeed

For nurse practitioner students, there is a lot to keep track of. From course lectures, to research papers, study blocks, and clinical rotations, tackling the semester and feeling confident in your performance throughout your program can feel insurmountable. Being prepared for your classes with the right tools on hand is critical to your success and fortunately, there’s an app for that! Here are eight applications to help you succeed in your nurse practitioner program this semester.

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Employee vs. Contractor - What's the Difference for NPs?

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP®

There are many things to consider when deciding on a new nurse practitioner job-location, work culture, and schedule requirements, for starters. And another important consideration for most all of us is-money! When it comes to money, understanding the difference between being a nurse practitioner paid as an employee versus an independent contractor (IC) is critical.

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3 Surprising Things Successful NP Students Don’t Waste Time On

If you're a nurse practitioner student, you may feel like you're being pulled in a hundred different directions. Managing the workload your nurse practitioner program places on you, along with life's other necessities like earning an income, can be difficult to manage. Fortunately, there is a better way. Choose not to care...about some things, anyway. Successful NP students prioritize what matters and avoid wasting time on things that don't. 

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Decoding Nurse Practitioner Specialty Grey Areas

How do you choose the right specialty?

Even if you're confident in the setting in which you plan to work, choosing a nurse practitioner specialty is a major gray area. There's significant overlap between broader NP specialties, which can be confusing for students planning to further their nursing education. If you want to work as a hospitalist nurse practitioner, for example, should you choose the family, acute care, or adult NP specialty? If your dream is to work in the emergency department, is family or acute care the right path towards achieving your dreams?

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Where are Physician Assistant Salaries Decreasing?

Over the past several weeks here on MidlevelU, we've been looking at the latest salary trends for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Depending on the location where you practice, compensation can vary significantly if you're an NP or PA. Cost of living, the job market and scope of practice laws in your state are just a few of the factors affecting pay. Last week we checked out states where physician assistant salaries have increased more than $10K. But, where is compensation for PAs decreasing?

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How to Build Your Nurse Practitioner Professional Network

For nurse practitioners, building a professional network can seem insignificant. As a matter of fact, you may even believe you dodged the networking bullet by choosing a profession in healthcare. Business lunches and happy hour mixers - who has time for those?! However professional networking shouldn’t be overlooked by NPs who value their careers and have aspirations to continue advancing in their profession. 

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The NP's Guide to Getting Organized for Back to School

If you’re planning to start your nurse practitioner program this year, getting organized before the fall semester revs up can make all the difference in setting you up for success right off the bat. Not to mention, organizing yourself before your program starts can help you get a grip on balancing school, work and family life before it has time to get out of whack. Here are five ways to get organized for back to school.

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5 Elements of Company Culture to Find in Your Next NP Job

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, factors to consider when searching for your next nurse practitioner position is company culture. Just what exactly is company culture and why is it important, you might ask? Simply put, company culture is the personality of the organization; a system of shared assumptions, values and beliefs which guide the behaviors and interactions between the employees and management.

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Do Nurse Practitioners Really Need a DEA Number?

If you’re a new grad nurse practitioner, you’re probably pretty tired of the paperwork that follows graduation. Not only have you studied for, taken and passed your certification exam, you’ve applied for your sate license to practice and may be going through the credentialing process for a new employer which means, yes, more paperwork. Not to mention, applying for a state license and waiting for your new job to start can be costly. Fed up with the licensing process and short on cash, nurse practitioners often ask me if they really need to apply for a DEA number. 

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Salaries for Physician Assistants Increased More than $10K in These States

Its widely established that physician assistants have a pretty good gig. The profession, for example, has been featured on well known ranking sites like U.S. News. While salaries for PAs are solid at the national level, some states stand out as being more favorable environments for physician assistants to practice. 

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It's Here! Introducing the 2018 MMU Residency Application

We've received a lot of requests over the past few weeks for the 2018 Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) application. We are thrilled to announce that the application is officially here! If you're interested in this residency-like program for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, here are a few more details. 

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