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Tips for Landing a Nurse Practitioner Job in Your 20's

Ahhh...I can still remember those carefree weekends I experienced upon graduating from my nurse practitioner program. More drinking. Less studying. Falling in love. Outdoor concerts. Dive bars. Breaking into apartment pools. I was also fortunate to land my first NP position at the age of 23. While I was certainly qualified for the job, my extracurricular activities and appearance weren't so professional. 

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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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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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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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How Do You Overcome Lack of Experience in a NP Job Interview?

If you're on the hunt for your first nurse practitioner job, you may have run into some hurdles along the way. Maybe you've been lucky enough to get an interview, but things took a turn for the worse after meeting the prospective employer. Landing a nurse practitioner position without NP experience isn't easy. But, if you approach an interview the right way you just may find yourself hearing the words "you're hired!".

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The Nurse Practitioner Residency Buzz

If you're a soon-to-be NP grad, chances are, you're a little worried about the next steps in your career. Will you be able to find a job? And, more importantly, will the job be understanding of your level of experience as a new grad? Concerns about the amount of support you will have in your first NP position are warranted. Many practices aren't familiar with the learning curve that less experienced nurse practitioners face, and hold unrealistic expectations for these providers. 

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Tips for Applying and Interviewing with a Large Health System

Applying and interviewing for jobs as a nurse practitioner can be a frustrating task, particularly if seeking employment with a large healthcare system. Landing a job with a major hospital system or large company includes a series of added steps compared with the process at a small clinic. Standing out in the application process among hundreds of other applicants can be difficult. Making it through the initial phone interview process is a challenge. How can you improve your chances of application success?

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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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