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How to Tell a Patient "I Don't Know"

How do you react when you don't know the answer to a patient's question? Does your face flush? Do you reply with an answer that doesn't directly address the question asked? Do you abruptly end the conversation? Experts say that the words "I don't know" might be some of the hardest to say, even more so than "I love you". Admitting uncertainty or lack of knowledge isn't easy - just ask children and Alzheimer's patients who confabulate rather an utter a simple "I'm not sure". As nurse practitioners, however, we inevitably find ourselves in situations where we don't have the answers. 

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Top 5 Most Expensive Physician Assistant Programs

For aspiring Physician Assistants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, the next step is applying to a Master in Physician Assistant Studies Program at an accredited school. With hundreds of programs offered across the nation, choosing the program that’s right for you can be a tough decision. While factors such as location, pass rates and application requirements are a forethought in narrowing down the list of where to attend, tuition undoubtedly plays a very important role as well. We’ve sorted through the list to find the top five most expensive PA programs in the United States. 

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Graduating? NP Residencies Facilitate Transition to the Real World

As a new nurse practitioner graduate, my experience was pretty similar to many other NPs I talk with. I was fortunate that I found a job, but was quickly reminded that my experience was limited to that which I had obtained in my clinical rotations. 

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The 5 Most Expensive BS/MS Physician Assistant Programs

While the traditional route to become a physician assistant can take years to complete, accelerated degree programs have become more common at universities and colleges across the nation. The combined degree programs allow high school graduates to enter at the freshman level and earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies upon graduation; with most curriculum plans taking about five years to complete. 

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Is the NP Certification Exam Getting More Difficult?

The nurse practitioner profession is a rather young one. The changes we constantly see when it comes to professional regulations and policies are a byproduct of being a part of a developing profession. In just the past few years, for example, we've seen nurse practitioner specialty designations change and divide. 

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How Tough is Passing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam?

If you're a pediatric nurse practitioner student, chance are you're already thinking about the certification exam you'll take when you graduate. Once you've secured your diploma, taking the 'boards' is the next step on the road to eligibility for practice. 

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9 Hidden Costs of Nurse Practitioner School Graduation

If you are graduating from your nurse practitioner program this spring or summer, congratulations! You made it! Launching your NP career is an exciting time, but also one filled with anxiety-provoking logistics. Where will you work? How much will you be paid? How do you balance interviewing at multiple facilities? While most nurse practitioners are familiar with the steps of the licensing and job search process, many neglect to consider how much the ordeal will cost. And, yes, it is pricey. 

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Should You Consider a Physician Assistant Residency?

We've been accused here at MidlevelU HQ of being nurse practitioner-centric. And, well, it's true. We do tend to talk more about NPs than PAs on the blog. As a nurse practitioner, it comes a bit more naturally. In reality, however, nurse practitioners and physician assistants alike experience very similar professional challenges. One such challenge is the learning curve faced by new graduates. 

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The Nurse Practitioner Licensing Process in a Nutshell

I vividly recall sitting in a lecture hall in my nurse practitioner program in a plastic, too-small seat sandwiched between two classmates when I first heard of the NP licensing process. Suddenly, my personal space wasn't the only thing feeling cramped. The ins and outs of certification, applying for a license and a DEA number all in a specific order while simultaneously conducting a job search seemed overwhelming. 

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The Monthly Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Student Loans

How much do you need to budget for loan repayment? 

If you're thinking through the logistics of furthering your nursing education, cost is, of course, a significant consideration. Can you afford to become a nurse practitioner? What will your lifestyle look like if you need to take out a substantial amount in student loans? Yesterday I looked at the actual cost of the NP education taking student loan interest into account. Today, let's look at this number in a manner more conducive to financial planning, your anticipated monthly student loan payment. 

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The 6 Step Plan to Nurse Practitioner Certification Success

I love creating to-do lists, schedules, and filling in calendars. Having a written plan is grounding, giving my day, week, month, or year, direction. The task is particularly enjoyable when it relates to a new beginning, drafted on a blank sheet of paper and color coded with a brand new pen. Then, the hard work begins...

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An Inside Look at Nurse Practitioner Residency Life

Our first Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class is well underway. If you haven't yet heard of MMU, you can think about the program similar to a residency for nurse practitioners. MMU matches less experienced NPs with facilities capable of supporting new grads in medically underserved areas across the country. As a group, MMU participants support each other throughout the ups and downs of new grad life, and join in opportunities to further clinical learning along the way. 

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