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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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Why I Chose Nurse Practitioner School Over Medical School

I always imagined I would go to medical school. A biology major, I was on the premed track throughout the majority of my undergrad college experience. As graduation neared, however, I began to question my career path. Was I really passionate enough about medicine to dedicate the next 10 years or so to my studies? Medical school, residency, and a possible fellowship seemed like a daunting commitment. I wasn’t sure, so I decided to look at the other options out there. 

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F.A.Q.s About Becoming an Emergency Nurse Practitioner

As a nurse practitioner in the emergency department I get asked a lot of questions about my job and my career path because, well, my job is pretty freakin' sweet. Yes, it is a job. But, when it comes to working, life as an ER NP is a pretty good gig. There is a lot of confusion in the nurse practitioner community about how to land a position working in the emergency department and what this process looks like. So, today I'll address some frequently asked questions to help clarify the confusion. 

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Ask Erin: "What are the most important things in choosing a NP program?"

Last week, I received a question from Abbey, an aspiring nurse practitioner in the process of selecting a school. Abbey's question is one I commonly receive so I thought it worthy of a reply in this week's 'Ask Erin' column. If you are applying to nurse practitioner programs and weighing your options when it comes to your NP education, check out our correspondence. 

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Ask Erin: "Can you tell me more about NP bridge programs?"

I receive a lot of questions in my inbox regarding nurse practitioner bridge, or MEPN, programs from MidlevelU readers. These NP programs allow students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing to enter the nurse practitioner profession at an accelerated pace conferring both RN and MSN degrees. So, to kick off the new 'Ask Erin' column, I will start by responding to a reader question regarding nurse practitioner bridge programs. 

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New MidlevelU Feature! Meet the 'Ask Erin' Column

It's been awhile since we added a new feature to the blog (OK, like 6 weeks). So, today's the day. I receive many reader questions about the nurse practitioner education and career in my inbox. Rarely, these inquiries apply only to the individual on the sending end of the email. The MidlevelU message board facilitates responding to many reader questions (create an account and check it out if you haven't already!). But, other questions are widely applicable, especially interesting, or otherwise deserving of a more formal blog post response. Enter the 'Ask Erin' column. 

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