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Even More(!) Reasons to Seek Legal Review of an Employment Agreement

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

If you're a nurse practitioner or physician assistant considering a job offer, you've got a lot to consider. This week here at MidlevelU, we've been looking at various considerations for NPs and PAs when it comes to employment agreements (check out Part I and Part II of the trifecta). Our ultimate conclusion? Asking legal counsel to look over your agreement is well worth the time and expense. Here are the final of our Top 10 Reasons Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Should Seek Assistance Reviewing an Employment Agreement

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3 More Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Expert Review of Employment Agreements

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

This week on MidlevelU, we're featuring the top reasons nurse practitioners and physician assistants would be wise to have a set of legal eyes look over an employment contract before signing on the dotted line. If you missed the opening post in our series, Top 10 Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Legal Review of Employment Agreements from our employment contract review expert, you can find it here

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What Will it Cost to Relocate for Your Nurse Practitioner Job?

Relocating for a nurse practitioner job is an exciting endeavor. Perhaps you are moving to unchartered territory, enthusiastic to meet new people and experience another area of the country. Or, maybe you’re heading back home, the comfort of close friends and family motivating your move. Whatever the circumstances, if you’re relocating for a new nurse practitioner position, there’s a lot to consider as you make your move. 

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Is Now a Good Time to Become a Nurse Practitioner?

I recently received a question from a reader on the MidlevelU message board. The reader expressed concern that the job market for nurse practitioners was becoming saturated. A nurse herself, this individual had encouraged her daughter to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner and was second-guessing her recommendation. "I'm hoping I didn't steer her wrong...how is the job market out there?", she asked. 

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Top 10 Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Legal Review of Employment Agreements

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

Yesterday, we gave an overview of some of the challenges nurse practitioners and physician assistants face upon receiving a job offer. Presented with a lengthy employment agreement, many NPs and PAs neglect to understand and negotiate their contract, instead quickly signing on the dotted line. While employers are almost always well meaning, it's in your best interest as a healthcare provider to have an expert review your employment agreement to make sure you're protected and receiving fair representation. To start our series, here are a few reasons why. 

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Me vs. My Employer – When Do Nurse Practitioners Need an Attorney?

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants play an increasingly important role in the healthcare landscape. Studies have demonstrated that despite misconceptions concerning their perceived abilities, non-physician practitioners (NPPs) or advanced practice providers can perform the majority of tasks that physicians can, while providing a high quality of care at a lower cost. Because of the many benefits achieved by employing NPs and PAs, practices throughout the country are increasingly taking advantage of all that these providers can offer.

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Working In an Academic Medical Center: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Considerations for nurse practitioners and physician assistants

Earlier today, I shared my personal experience evaluating the possibility of working as a nurse practitioner in an academic medical center (more about that here). While the employment option wasn't a good fit for me personally, for some nurse practitioners a teaching hospital just may be the right opportunity. So, to elaborate on my own experience, I also wanted to share an objective look at the pros and cons of working in such facilities. 

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Why I Don't Work in an Academic Medical Center

Nashville, TN where I live and work happens to be a vibrant healthcare community. Home to multiple multi-state healthcare organizations as well as a handful of universities, Nashville has a wealth of employment options for nurse practitioners. NPs in the city may work in solo private practices, community health clinics, specialty practices, public hospitals, private hospitals and, yes, academic medical centers. The number of options was exciting for me as I embarked on my nurse practitioner career

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6 Tips for Crushing a Skype Nurse Practitioner Interview

Before the world of video calling, interviewing for a nurse practitioner position across state lines meant incurred travel expenses and additional stresses for both the employer and potential employee. But in this day and age, Skype, and the like video call platforms, have opened doors of opportunity for landing an out-of-state job without any of the hassle or cost.

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NPs on the MMU Adventure Make a Difference!

I know I talk a lot about Midlevels for the Medically Underserved here on MidlevelU. It's because I believe so much in the nurse practitioners participating in the program and have such a passion for mentoring new grads who sometimes fall through the cracks in their first year of employment. I have to say that this week, I am particularly proud of the nine NPs participating in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class. In just a few short months, they have grown by leaps and bounds. 

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Binge Watch These Netflix Picks for Nurse Practitioners

One of my favorite things to do after a long, hard day’s work (aside from immediately changing into my yoga pants) is clicking on Netflix and settling in the couch for a nice, long binge! Some days, it’s all I can think about doing. While I love a good series, I also enjoy mixing things up a little with an interesting and thought provoking documentary, especially those that relate to healthcare. With endless options, some nights I spend my whole evening sifting through for my next binge-worthy pick and end up falling asleep before settling on a choice...you know the feeling!

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4 Steps to Full Prescribing as a California Nurse Practitioner

Some states make practicing as a nurse practitioner more difficult than others. California is one such state with a few additional hoops to jump through for nurse practitioners looking to maximize their scope of practice. In the Golden State, nurse practitioners are not permitted to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances such as Percocet without meeting certain requirements. If you're an NP looking to prescribe to your full potential, you'll need to follow these steps to meet California Board of Nursing Requirements. 

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