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What's the Difference Between the ANCC and PNCB Certification Exams?

After graduation, pediatric nurse practitioners have the option to earn certification from one of two governing boards: the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The decision about which exam to take can be daunting. After all, NPs must be certified in order to land a first job. What exactly are the differences between the two tests for pediatric nurse practitioners?

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How Much Will it Cost You to Add a DNP Degree?

Are you ready to jump on the DNP bandwagon? Since the introduction of the doctorate level degree for nurse practitioners, more and more NPs are choosing to take their education to the highest level. This leaves many of us who became nurse practitioners in the days when only a master's degree was offered feeling the pull to further our education as well. One of the first questions MSN-prepared NPs naturally ask is "How much will a post-master's DNP degree cost?". 

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Your Nurse Practitioner Residency Questions, Answered

Good morning! I woke up today to dreary weather making it hard to get going on this Monday morning. On the upside, it's a great day to hunker down indoors and get some work done. On the downside, I'm two cups of coffee in and still rubbing my sleepy eyes. Does anyone else feel the same? One of my activities for the day is planning our next Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info webinar...more to come on this. I love connecting with nurse practitioners and NP students looking to make next steps in their careers and the upcoming info session will be no exception. 

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A Pharmacist's Top Drug Resource Recommendations for NPs & PAs

This week, nurse practitioners in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class sat in on a presentation from pharmacist Dr. Jon Pouliot about medication interactions in the primary care setting. With so many of our patients taking multiple medications, it can be tough as NPs and PAs to keep track of interaction considerations, as well as drug side effects and dosages. So, helpfully, Dr. Pouliot ended the presentation by suggesting a few practical resources nurse practitioners and physician assistants can use for prescribing. 

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What’s the Difference Between NP and PA Certification Exams?

I work with a number of physician assistants in the emergency department. We function in the same capacity, our employer not making a nurse practitioner vs. physician assistant distinction. Although our work looks the same, I have noticed a few differences between myself, an NP, and my PA colleagues. From time to time, for example, the physician assistants I work with take time off to attend board review conferences and study for recertification. As an NP, however, I am not required to take a test to re-certify. In what ways do NP and PA certification differ?

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How to Bounce Back from Failing Your NP Certification Exam

If you're a recent or soon-to-be nurse practitioner grad, your certification exam is likely front and center in your mind. Not only are you wrapping up papers, projects and cramming for finals, you're also perusing review books, flashcards and completing hundreds of practice exam questions. But, what happens when all your hard work falls flat?

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A Back to School Scrubs Giveaway!

Going back to school always feels a lot like the New Year: it’s a chance to hit the reset button, to take all that you’ve learned and commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to make this your most amazing year yet!

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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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