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The Tax Tutorial for Physician Assistant Students

If you were a physician assistant student in 2016, chances are that finances are pretty tight. Your ability to earn an income is limited by the time spent on your education. Not to mention, tuition and other costs associated with going back to school quickly mount. Fortunately for physician assistant students, there are a few ways to recoup some of these losses this tax season. So, get your accounting savvy on and don't forget to consider these tax breaks for PA students before you file with Uncle Sam. 

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How Many NPs and PAs Graduate Each Year?

It seems that everywhere I turn, I encounter an RN returning to school for a nurse practitioner degree. Working in the emergency department the other day, I heard from more than one nurse out of the handful on my shift that they were planning to return for a master’s degree. The same holds true for PAs. The paramedics in the emergency department where I work seem to be applying to physician assistant programs in greater numbers. This prompted me to wonder, just how many NP and PA students enter the job market each year?

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Firsthand Advice for New Grad Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Last week, I had the chance to talk with Emily, a psychiatric nurse practitioner practicing in San Francisco, about her journey to becoming a psych NP. Emily’s enthusiasm for her new career was infectious as she shared the steps she took to landing her first job. I also had the chance to ask Emily about her first days on the job as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Overcoming new grad status is tough. And, I love, love, loved the advice Emily had for new grads regardless of specialty. Here’s a quick look at our conversation. 

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Acute Care NPs are Talking About These Certification Study Resources

Are you taking the acute care nurse practitioner certification exam this year? Preparing to take the boards can be a daunting experience. Where do you start? Yes, the exam will cover a wide range of content, but with well planned preparation it is possible to arrive on test day feeling like you're ready to ace the exam (OK, maybe not ace, but pass with flying colors!). If you're a soon to be acute care nurse practitioner, check out these certification study resources to guide your test prep. 

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7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Education

Prepared or not, your nurse practitioner education is going to cost you thousands of dollars. So, making decisions about how you plan to become an NP shouldn't be taken lightly. Putting some extra research and effort in on the front-end of your education could save you thousands of dollars of hard earned money later. Here are a few tips and tricks for managing the cost of your nurse practitioner education. 

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MMU Application Update: When to Apply to Our NP Residency

What are your post-graduation plans? If you're a nurse practitioner or physician assistant wrapping up your program in 2017, there's a lot to consider. Not only must you take your certification exam and apply for a license, you'll also need to find a job (of course!). Landing your first NP or PA position can be tricky. In some locations, employers are hesitant to hire new grads. Other facilities lack valuable support systems to onboard new providers as they continue to grow clinically. For these reasons, new NPs and PAs are increasingly turning to residencies. 

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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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How to Present a Patient to Your Preceptor with Style

Oh the dread! If you're a nurse practitioner student going through a tough round of clinicals, one cause of your education-related anxiety is likely presenting patients to your preceptor. Summing up a patient in a brief on-the-fly presentation is tricky. Although you've written plenty of SOAP notes, nurse practitioner students often struggle with communicating this kind of information verbally. So, how do you neatly package your next patient encounter and deliver the message in a svelte manner? 

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NPs Sound Off on What to Expect in Online Programs

I’ve talked with more than one hundred nurse practitioners who’ve attended online NP programs. Hearing about these student's experiences in school has been quite interesting. Overwhelmingly, most online nurse practitioner grads say the experience wasn’t ideal. Missing out on the camaraderie of the classroom and in-person interaction with professors is difficult to replicate in the virtual environment. So, NPs attending online schools often tell me they feel disconnected. 

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When to Apply for Nurse Practitioner Residency

If you haven't heard about MidlevelU's residency-like program for new nurse practitioners, you can think of the program a bit like Teach for America. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) matches new grad NPs with facilities working with medically underserved communities across the country. MMU sites agree to be a supportive learning environment for nurse practitioners looking to kick off their careers. A continuing education component rounds out the experience with weekly didactic sessions. Essentially, MMU allows you a smooth transition from education to practice...with purpose! 

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Your Nurse Practitioner Residency Questions, Answered

Good morning! I woke up today feeling like it should be Thursday. On the upside, I suppose this means that yesterday was a productive Monday. On the downside, I'm two cups of coffee in and still rubbing my sleepy eyes. Does anyone else feel the same? One of yesterday's activities included hosting a Midlevels for the Medically Underserved webinar. I love connecting with nurse practitioners and NP students looking to make next steps in their careers and yesterday's session was no exception. 

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NPs on the MMU Adventure Make a Difference!

I know I talk a lot about Midlevels for the Medically Underserved here on MidlevelU. It's because I believe so much in the nurse practitioners participating in the program and have such a passion for mentoring new grads who sometimes fall through the cracks in their first year of employment. I have to say that this week, I am particularly proud of the nine NPs participating in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class. In just a few short months, they have grown by leaps and bounds. 

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