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Are We Asking Too Much of Preceptors?

If you're a nurse practitioner student, or an NP who recalls your grad school days, you know that finding a clinical preceptor can be a total nightmare. Unless you have a number of connections in the healthcare world, convincing a provider to take on the responsibility of training you isn't easy. Patient care and the demands of an employer take precedent over accepting a student, as they should. Even the most altruistic NPs must work - without this they wouldn't be able to serve as preceptors anyway. 

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MD vs. NP vs. PA: Here's How the Number of Clinical Hours Compare

The nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and physician professions each have a unique approach to training. Understanding these approaches to education is important for both employers and individual providers themselves. The way healthcare providers are trained impacts the decisions they make, their legal scope of practice, and the way they are employed and integrated into the healthcare team. Aspiring healthcare providers also must review these different approaches. Which fits best with one's own career timeline?

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Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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Info About the New NP Residency in 7 Informative Posts

Are you a nurse practitioner student or new grad thinking about finding employment? For many NPs, jumping into a traditional employment setting can be pretty scary. Seeing high patient volumes and practicing in an environment without much support is difficult when you're just starting out. So, last year we came up with a solution here at MidlevelU. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved is a residency-like program for nurse practitioners that helps NPs transition from education to practice. If you'd like to learn more about the program, check out our top informational posts from the past year. 

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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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