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What's the Difference Between Nurse Corps and NHSC Loan Repayment?

For nurse practitioner students and new grads, it may seem that the light at the end of the loan repayment tunnel will never appear. As if finding your first job as a nurse practitioner isn’t stressful enough, the obligation to pay down mounting student debt post-graduation undoubtedly increases the pressure you’re already under.

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8 Blog Posts for New Grad NPs to Start 2017 Off Right

While the holiday season has officially come to a close, we're continuing our look back at 2016 this week for a few more days. As you get plans in place for your education and career and think about upcoming milestones, we hope these posts will help in anticipation of kicking off your nurse practitioner career. Presenting the best blog posts to help new grad NPs start 2017 off right. 

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This Year's Most Loved Articles for Wannabe NPs

Are you thinking about becoming a nurse practitioner? The decision to advance your career or make a career change is a big one. It means investing time and likely tens of thousands of dollars into your education. As you consider making the move, researching your decision in advance will help prevent mistakes many soon-to-be nurse practitioners make. So, to help you get the knowledge you need as you think about becoming a nurse practitioner, here are our top blog posts from 2016 for wannabe NPs. 

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2016's Most Helpful Posts for Nurse Practitioner Students

Forget the parties (but maybe not the champagne), in my opinion there's no better way to ring in the New Year than with Top 10 of [insert soon to be complete year here] articles. I love taking a look back and reminiscing about the past twelve months. So, in true New Year's fashion, this week on MidlevelU we will be featuring our best of's from 2016. Presenting today's list - 2016's most helpful blog posts for nurse practitioner students. 

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8 Brainy Study Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

As a nurse practitioner student, I would often create my own study mnemonics. My efforts were met with varied rates of success. At times, my attempts resulted in such hair-brained sentences that I couldn't recall the mnemonic itself come test time, much less what it's words represented. Ultimately, I opted for tried and true memory tools recommended by instructors and other students. Final exams are just around the corner, so if you're a nurse practitioner student consider adding the following neurology mnemonics to your test taking strategy. 

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Yes, You Can Deliver a Plan of Care with Confidence

Do you ever feel awkward as a nurse practitioner when you give a patient a diagnosis and begin to discuss next steps? Maybe you are a new grad and aren't entirely sure what the next steps should entail. Or, perhaps a definitive diagnosis hasn't been determined, and you're worried your patient will find you inadequate if you can't deliver the exact answer to their problem. Or, maybe the plan of care for your patient is one they will not be happy with, so you are anxious about sharing the information. Whatever the reason for your hesitation, it can be difficult at times to have confidence as a nurse practitioner. 

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The 411 on Documenting a HEENT Exam

If you're a nurse practitioner student or new grad NP, documenting a patient encounter can be a bit of a struggle. You need to present your patient in a manner such that other providers can glance at the chart and pick up where you left off. You must also provide sufficient documentation so that you can justify your decision making should questions about the care you provided arise. Completing charts in a time efficient manner is no easy task, particularly early in your nurse practitioner career. 

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Million Dollar Questions that Make Diagnosis and Treatment a Sinch

I've been a nurse practitioner for more than eight years now. My face has a few more wrinkles than when I began practicing, however time has brought a few positive changes to my nurse practitioner life. Fortunately, over the years, I have gained valuable practice experience. Unlike my new grad years, my work is not accompanied by a feeling of being utterly stressed out or overwhelmed. Rather, I feel quite comfortable interacting with patients (new grads, you'll get there, too!). 

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Regulations for Attending an Online NP Program Out-Of-State

I have always assumed that students can attend a nurse practitioner program online in any state.  After all, the whole purpose of online education is to make courses flexible and easily accessible.  But, as I have done more and more research into online nurse practitioner programs, I have come across a few restrictions when it comes to attending an online NP program out-of-state.

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Why NPs Need to Antibiogramit!

Part of MidlevelU's residency-like program for NPs, which we fondly refer to as MMU, consists of weekly education sessions for newly minted nurse practitioners. I have the distinct pleasure of sitting in on these sessions, and learning from our weekly speakers. Although with eight years of experience, I am now comfortable in my practice, there's always more to learn. This past week, while listening to our speaker, I got a more in depth glance at the concept of an antibiogram and became convinced that implementing this tool into my practice would be a valuable move to make. 

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The Nurse Practitioner Residency Buzz

If you're a soon-to-be NP grad, chances are, you're a little worried about the next steps in your career. Will you be able to find a job? And, more importantly, will the job be understanding of your level of experience as a new grad? Concerns about the amount of support you will have in your first NP position are warranted. Many practices aren't familiar with the learning curve that less experienced nurse practitioners face, and hold unrealistic expectations for these providers. 

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4 Things I Wish I Learned in My NP Clinical Rotations

Looking back on life as a nurse practitioner student from the perspective of a now experienced NP makes me wish I'd done a few things differently during my time in school. I'm not taking about major regrets here, but rather a few small adjustments that would have created a smoother transition to practice. The most crucial of these? Making the most of my clinical experience. 

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