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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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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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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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Back to School Supplies for NPs that Will Make You Laugh

It’s that time a year again! Whether you’re starting the first year of your nurse practitioner program or your last, chances are that you’ve already been bombarded on all fronts with reminders to buy your back to school supplies. Afterall, nothing screams new school year like a package of freshly sharpened pencils, am I right? Regardless of if you’re excited for the start of a new semester or not, these fun twists on back to school supplies will definitely make you laugh.

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NP Students- Don't Make These 6 Financial Aid Mistakes

It's easy to make mistakes when it comes to arranging financial aid for your nurse practitioner program. With making plans to return to school, there's already a lot on your mind. Not to mention, the sequelae of your financial aid decisions won't affect you until you graduate from your NP program, anyway. While paying off your student loans seems far off, don't fall into the trap of approaching your financial aid package with nonchalance.

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Can NPs Apply for NHSC Loan Repayment Before Graduation?

The NHSC has strict criteria that nurse practitioners must meet in order to be eligible to submit an application for the Loan Repayment Program. Specifically, applicants who have not graduated their accredited program, passed the certification exam, or do not hold a current and unrestricted license to practice as a NP are not eligible to apply during the open application cycle; which means that unfortunately, nurse practitioner students are ineligible from applying to the program until they’ve graduated. Fortunately, there is hope! If you’re an NP student with at least one year of schooling left, don’t throw your hands up in frustration just yet… the NHSC Scholarship Program may be worth your consideration.

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Advice for New Grad NPs from Not-So-New Grad NPs

Kicking off your nurse practitioner career is stressful to say the least. Not only are you starting a new profession, chances are that life is throwing other major transitions your way as you wrap up your NP program. You may be moving to a new city, for example, to begin working for a new employer. Each of these changes in itself can be a lot to manage. When major transitions occur simultaneously, it's natural for new grad NPs to feel overwhelmed. 

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3 Apps That Take Nurse Practitioner Certification Prep Mobile

I have to say, I'm more of a pen and paper kind of studier. The simple act of writing a study guide, or manually shading in the circles for correct responses on a practice exam helps me recall the material more easily come test time. While hands on study sessions are valuable, there's also something to be said for study methods that allow for a quick, impromptu review session. Nurse practitioners preparing to take the certification exam this year may find these apps helpful for taking study sessions mobile. 

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How to Find a Clinical Preceptor for Your Nurse Practitioner Program

As a nurse practitioner student you've got a lot riding on your clinical placements. A timely graduation, not to mention your education, depend on this critical piece of your NP program. While some schools assign clinical sites to nurse practitioner students, others leave NPs to find clinical preceptors on their own. This can be a frustrating task.  

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7 International Experiences for Learning Medical Spanish

We've been talking language skills this week on MidlevelU. From the legal requirements of working with non-English speaking patients, to the logistics of working with an interpreter, there's a lot to consider in treating patients from other cultures. While acting as your own interpreter isn't advised unless you are truly fluent, it is helpful to at least understand a few basics of languages commonly spoken by your patients. 

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8 Gutsy Study Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

Seven years into my nurse practitioner career, I still recite many of the mnemonics from my nurse practitioner school days. "Female, fat, fertile and forty...", yep, this patient fits the bill for an acute cholecystitis diagnosis... A few simple memorization tricks can make life as an NP student much more manageable. So, next time you're studying for an anatomy final or preparing to be grilled on your next clinical rotation, have a few mnemonics up your sleeve. 

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