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Do's and Don'ts of the Nurse Practitioner Job Interview

Whenever I get dressed for a job interview, I feel like an awkward middle schooler. Given my penchant for wearing clothing without a waistband (i.e. scrubs), professional dress just seems awkward. The shoulder pads in my go-to blazer make me claustrophobic. The black pants I leave hanging in my closet for such occasions hit my ankles at what seems like all the wrong places. It's safe to say I hate wearing a suit. But, to secure the perfect job it can be essential to brave such fashion ventures and pull it together professionally in order to ace an interview. 

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Ciao! Becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Italy

I've been to Italy once, and if there's one place I would like to return in future travels, it's this land of wine, pasta, and picturesque landscapes. From exploring historical sites in Rome to soaking up rays of sunshine on the coast, Italy has an endless array of experiences to offer. As nurse practitioners, our careers are quite flexible and may even allow us to practice in international locations such as this. If you're an NP certified in the United States, how can you take your career to Italy?

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5 Things to Know Before Accepting a 1099 NP Position

I've held various positions, both as a W-2 employee and a 1099 independent contractor throughout my years as a nurse practitioner. My PRN side jobs have been accompanied by employment agreements as a contracted worker while my more permanent nurse practitioner positions have been held on W-2 status. 

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5 Fatal Nurse Practitioner Resume Flaws

I've reviewed a lot of nurse practitioner resumes over the past year and have been amazed at the number of ways there are to market yourself as an NP. Some nurse practitioners include a headshot on their CV while others opt for adding a few graphic design touches. Most choose a more traditional look. Crafting a professional, put together resume is essential in your nurse practitioner job search. It's an employer's first impression of you. What resume qualities get your job search process started off on the wrong foot?

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10 Things To Do If You Haven't Landed a NP Job by Graduation

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program seems like a light at the end of the tunnel. Until, that is, you realize you are unemployed and face a mountain of student loan debt. Your classmates all seem to be signing employment agreements before receiving a diploma, causing job search anxiety to mount. Where are you going wrong with your search? How might you become a stronger applicant for nurse practitioner jobs?

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6 Reasons Your NP Job Search Went Radio Silent

To the techies in the crowd, the term radio silent may signify a "status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area are asked to stop transmitting for safety or security reasons". To single guys and gals, the term may describe the status of your relationship with the person with whom you were last Tindering. If you're a nurse practitioner, it's entirely possible that the term 'radio silent' best describes your job search (or maybe your job search and your last dating relationship?). Why aren't employers calling you back?

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Cardiology Round Up

The school year is right around the corner. Classrooms here in Tennessee will be full in a matter of just two weeks. Target and Walmart are fully stocked with #2 pencils and fresh sheets of lined notebook paper. Despite the heat, kids are stocking up on jeans, boots, and jackets for fall. I have always loved the clean slate that comes with the 'Back to School' season. New outfits, notebooks, and the chance to press the reset button on life, are both refreshing and motivating. As an adult, there are far fewer occasions for such a feeling. 

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Charitable Care Clinics Rely on Nurse Practitioner Volunteers

With student loan payments looming and work schedules demanding of our time, as nurse practitioners, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to give back. But, there are many clinics out there that rely on volunteer providers to care for their patients. Last month, I talked with the Tennessee Charitable Care Network, one such entity that supports community health clinics offering services for low-income and uninsured individuals, as well as underserved populations in the state. Part of the organization's responsibility is to help identify providers willing to donate their time to such clinics.

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How Do NP, PA, and CRNA Salaries Compare by Region?

If you're an advanced practice provider, the location where you practice can make a significant difference in your compensation. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse anesthetist salaries vary significantly by state. Given that some providers prefer not to limit themselves to a single state when it comes to their careers, looking at how salaries vary by geographic region can also be helpful. 

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16 Things You Need to Know About Nurse Practitioner Job Interviews

It's that time of year again! Yes, job interview season is here. May nurse practitioner grads have taken their certification exams and are attempting to lock down that first NP position. August graduates are looking ahead, searching for employment as well. While you may have been on several job interviews throughout your professional life, there's always room for improvement. And, in the clinical setting, there are a few unique aspects of the job interview to consider. If you have an upcoming nurse practitioner job interview, check out the following 16 posts to brush up on your skills. 

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4 Valuable Lessons Learned by Working in a Nurse Practitioner Job You Hate

Have you ever worked as a nurse practitioner in a position that, let's say, 'built character'? I'll be honest. Having a professional career isn't always the ladder-climbing dream many people make it out to be. Medical practices and hospitals are often mismanaged. Coworkers are annoying. And, well, maybe you just aren't a great fit for the specialty where you've established yourself as an NP. If your collaborating physician is a total jerk, your practice is falling apart at the seams, or you just can't face writing another unnecessary prescription for a Z-Pack, take five before you throw in the towel. Your not-so-ideal job may be totally worth it. 

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3 Answers to "How Much Do You Want to Make?"

Talking about money is super awkward. This can be especially true in a job interview setting. You don't want to lose the position by seeming greedy or outlandish, On the other hand, you certainly don't want to sell yourself short with too safe a reply when you're asked "How much do you want to make?". Many employers compensate nurse practitioners a set salary or hourly rate across the board eliminating this awkwardness. Others embrace the negotiation process. If you're in the market for a new nurse practitioner position, it's time to sharpen your interview tactics

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