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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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Don't Miss These Important Deadlines for NHSC Loan Repayment

Chances are that as a Nurse Practitioner, you’ve probably heard of the National Health Service Corps’ Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP), which awards licensed healthcare professionals up to $50,000 to use towards student loans. In exchange, providers commit two years to treating underserved patients in a health professional shortage area. 

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How Much Will a Nurse Practitioner Education Really Cost You?

Cost is most certainly a factor in the decision to further your nursing career. While there are plenty of loans available to prospective NPs, eventually these must be paid back to the lending institution. The amount you borrow isn't the actual amount you must plan to repay. Interest accrues over the course of your loan meaning the actual cost of becoming a nurse practitioner is far higher than published tuition rates. How much will your NP program really cost you?

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Everything You Need to Know About Nurse Practitioner Certification

Taking your nurse practitioner certification exam is the culmination of your NP education. Do you have what it takes to practice as an NP, or not? While the nurse practitioner certification process can be confusing and stressful to say the least, knowing what you're up against can give you an edge in the process. 

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Beyond Wikipedia: Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Practice

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is no easy feat. Medicine is always changing and as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant you are always running into new clinical situations. Even the brightest clinicians have questions at times. So, where should NPs and PAs turn for the latest reliable clinical information?

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The Clutch Answer to Any NP Program Interview Question

Spring is the perfect time to get started on your nurse practitioner program applications due this fall. After all, writing personal statements isn't quite as taxing if done while laying by the pool, right? As you wade through the different pieces of your NP program application, it's not to early to start thinking about the next steps in the application process including a potential in-person or phone based admissions interview. 

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How Can Foreign Physicians Become U.S. Nurse Practitioners?

When Foreign Educated Physicians (FEPs) move to the United States, they face many barriers that make it extremely difficult to establish their practice as US-certified medical doctors. First, foreign-born physicians must reside in the US for two years before they are eligible to obtain the appropriate Visa needed to practice as an MD. They must also pass two parts of the US Medical Licensing Examination, and match with and complete a residency program - a highly competitive process, as many American-trained physicians can attest to. 

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Did You Miss Our Nurse Practitioner Residency Info Session?

Did you miss yesterday evening's live Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info session? If you couldn't make it to the webinar, we understand. Between clinicals and classroom assignments, as a nurse practitioner student you're busy. Despite the chaos that is NP school, it's never too early to think about the steps you'll take when you graduate. Where will you work? How will you obtain the training you need as a new grad to continue building a successful foundation for practice?

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8 Online BS to MSPAS Programs for Physician Assistants

In 2020, the ARC-PA will require that all Physician Assistant programs are offered at the graduate level; eliminating Associate and Bachelor PA programs completely. While certified PAs educated with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree will not be required to obtain a Master’s degree in order to continue practicing, many are choosing to do so as means to not only stay up to date with the advancement of medicine, but also to remain competitive in the Physician Assistant job market as well.

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The First Online Program for Physician Assistants is (Almost) Here

Physician Assistant Programs offered exclusively online are currently non existent. But pending approval at an ARC-PA meeting to be held this fall, Yale University may very well become the first educational institution to offer a Master’s Physician Assistant Program that can be completed via distance learning. If granted accreditation, the program would matriculate its first cohort of students as early as January 2018. While Yale Physician Assistant Online would have a separate accreditation status from the Master’s Physician Assistant Program offered on-campus, graduates of either program would receive equivalent degrees and be eligible to take the PANCE.

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5 Best Value Physician Assistant Programs

While enrolling in a PA program at a prestigious university may seem advantageous, it is not always the most financially feasible option, especially when factoring in the added cost of books, fees and other living expenses incurred in addition to tuition. Though aspiring PAs may feel that the more well-known and expensive the program, the better the education; as they say, bigger is not always better. Carefully researching and considering the tuition costs at other programs to see how they compare to pricier options can truly pay off in the long run both financially and educationally.

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How to Become an Integrative or Holistic Nurse Practitioner

I talk with a lot of nurse practitioners who've grown frustrated with the "pills, pills, pills" mindset of so many in our culture. Our patients are looking for a quick, easy fix to their health issues. But, exercise and diet of course are the best solution for health maintenance in most people. Getting back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle can prevent the requirement for treatments like surgeries and medications and leave our patients feeling far better than supplying a pharmacologic fix to their problems. 

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