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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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5 Questions You Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Program Interview

If you are in the process of applying to nurse practitioner programs, you're being asked a lot of questions. "Tell me about yourself...", "Talk about a time when you overcame a challenge..." and "What kind of nursing experience do you have?" are the types of responses you are thinking through. From filling out your address to drafting a perfectly crafted personal statement, the application process is all about sharing yourself with nurse practitioner program admissions staff. But, there is a time in the admissions process to turn the tables. 

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What Will You Learn in Our NP Residency?

Check out a sample curriculum 

Are you thinking about asking your employer to enroll you in ThriveAP, our curriculum to help support new grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants? Or, are you considering Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, our residency-like program for new grad NPs and PAs? Whatever education track seems like the best fit for you, our curriculum is designed to help family and adult NPs overcome the challenges they often face in those initial months and years of practice because, well, we've been there. 

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Midterm Week Tees for Nurse Practitioner Students

If you're a nurse practitioner student, crunch time is upon you. My guess is that you're gearing up for midterm exams which will be followed all too soon by finals week. If you're dreading the study sessions necessitated this time of year, lift your spirits with a wardrobe selection to match your current situation. Check out these midterm week tees for nurse practitioner students. 

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11 East Coast FNP Programs that Find You Clinical Sites

If you’re just beginning the process of planning out your family nurse practitioner education, it’s imperative that you consider whether or not the schools you’re interested in help students find sites for their clinical rotations. Though clinicals aren’t completed until the latter portion of your education, securing your own preceptors and sites be a real challenge, and in some cases, the inability to do so in a timely manner can detrimental to the completion of your program, causing you to have to delay graduation and ultimately, your career plans. 

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Midwest FNP Programs that Find Clinical Placements for Students

The clinical experience component of your nurse practitioner program is hands-down, the most important part of your education. Every nurse practitioner program requires that students complete clinical hours in multiple sites and often in different areas of practice. While some programs will help students secure sites, others will not, which can be a very frustrating task for NP students to do all on their own. If you haven’t yet selected which FNP program you’ll attend and are considering schools in the Midwest, here are four programs that secure clinical placement sites for their students.

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How Likely are Nurse Practitioners to Receive NHSC Loan Repayment?

For some students, becoming a nurse practitioner requires taking on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. While advancing your career is ultimately worth the investment, paying back such a large sum of money can seem impossible. Fortunately, there are several options for healthcare providers looking for assistance repaying student loans. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is one of the better known programs offering up to $50,000 in loan repayment to nurse practitioners for a two-year service commitment. 

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5 Oncology Certification Options for Nurse Practitioners

We're continuing the conversation here on the MidlevelU blog about certifications for nurse practitioners that don't require an additional degree. If you're an NP working in a specialty, achieving certification or specialty training can help you distinguish yourself as a provider with a specific skill set. So far this week we've touched on certifications for cardiology NPs and nurse practitioners working in dermatology. Today, we'll look at options for oncology nurse practitioners

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Application Deadline Approaching!

Have you thought about next steps following your nurse practitioner school graduation this winter? Or, maybe you finished your NP program this spring and are still trying to figure out what your first move as a newly minted nurse practitioner will be? If you've already graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program in 2019, a residency or fellowship is a great way to build a clinical foundation for the rest of your career. 

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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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7 Ways to Make Sure Your NP School Isn't a Diploma Mill

I've written before about the number of online nurse practitioner programs cropping up across the country. While online education can mean an affordable, flexible way to advance your nursing carer it also brings questions about quality. Will employers value an online NP degree as highly as one attained at a bricks and mortar institution. Will you fare well as a student without face-to-face relationships with classmates and professors?

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Our New Program Helps Recent Grads...Thrive

I am SO excited to announce today that MidlevelU is rolling out a new program for advanced practice providers. Why, you ask? Based on my own experience as a nurse practitioner, the transition from being in a NP program to actual practice is a tough one. While my nurse practitioner program gave me a solid clinical foundation, in my first job I still had a lot to learn. Providers I worked with didn't have enough time in their days to train, educate and mentor me to help fill gaps in my knowledge. This made for a frustrating first work experience. So, here at MidlevelU we decided to do something about it. Enter ThriveAP

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