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How Do You Prioritize in Your NP Program?

Making time for all of your commitments, from work and family to paper-writing and projects in your nurse practitioner program is tough.  Yes, you could turn in a much more thorough paper, but it would have meant sacrificing time with your kids.  Sure, you could have studied a few flashcards for the big test discretely during your clinical hours this week but you would have missed out on the hands-on learning experience.  Which things are most important to focus on in your nurse practitioner program?

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Need Some Cash? Nurse Practitioner Program Scholarships

You've applied to your nurse practitioner program, received a fat envelope in the mail indicating your acceptance and can't wait to embark on this new life experience.  Immediately following your excitement, worry begins to creep in.  How are you going to pay for your NP education?  

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Should You Consider a Nurse Practitioner Residency?

When I graduated from my nurse practitioner program I had never heard of NP residency.  I wasn't aware of any continued learning opportunities for nurse practitioners aside from pursuing a more advanced degree.  After years of schooling, the last thing I was in the mood for after graduating from my NP program was a PhD.  Fortunately for nurse practitioners graduating today, a new residency concept is gaining popularity. 

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Suturing 101: It's All About the Knots

Earlier this week, I began exploring the basics of suturing, types of needles and "thread".  Now that you know the basics of selecting your suture materials, grab a needle holder, some scissors, a pack of whatever suture material you can find and a banana (or a pig's foot but my guess is you don't have one lying around your house) and let's tie some knots.

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Advice from a NP Student on Balancing School, Work and Family

By: Guest Blogger Sophia Mulliner for All Things NP

When people find out that I am in grad school, have 3 young kids (5 1/2, 4, 2 1/2 yr) and also work they often ask, "Wow- how do you do it all?".  Well, the answer is, I don't do it all.  

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Suturing 101: Needles, Sizes and Materials

Don't you hate when as a new nurse practitioner or NP student a patient asks "Have you done this before?".  Sometimes, of course the answer is "No (never, not ever and I am so nervous I might pee my pants)".  But, you can't actually say "No, I have never done this before", so you beat around the bush and try to redirect the conversation.  To make the never-done-this-before situations less anxiety provoking for you and especially your patients, it is necessary to do a little learning and makeshift practice before performing a new procedure.

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3 Ways NP Students Should Plan Ahead

As a nurse practitioner student you are understandably overwhelmed.  Fitting in clinical hours, exams and coursework not to mention friends, family and keeping your home somewhat in order has your days jam-packed.  It is important to put some method to your madness during your time as a NP student keeping what is most important in mind- your future career.  What can you do during your nurse practitioner program to help secure a job quickly after graduation?

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Need a Spring Break? Continuing Medical Education Getaways

Tired of dreary weather?  Bored of the daily grind?  Perhaps you need to take a Spring Break...an employer-funded one at that.  Continuing education conferences are an excellent way to take a mini (or not so mini) vacay at a drastically reduced or subsidized price.  Simply attend a few hours of class each day taking in new, career building information then spend the rest of your time soaking in the sights, sounds and hopefully sun of your destination.  Here are a few conferences that will fulfill your desire for a career Spring Break while meeting your educational needs.

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NP Program Spotlight: Interview with U of M DNP Student

If you are like me, you are a bit curious about DNP programs.  What does a DNP offer nurse practitioners?  If you decide to pursue the DNP degree, which school will be right for you?  Check out this video interview with University of Michigan DNP student Andreea to hear her perspective on the DNP experience at U of M.

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How Can You Get $60,000 Towards Your Nurse Practitioner Student Loans?

Winter is drawing to a close and spring is on the horizon, as is your nurse practitioner program graduation.  You can't wait to be done with school, to get on with your career and enjoy the promise of a new life adventure.  You have worked hard beginning to establish yourself as a nurse practitioner and plan to enjoy a fulfilling job and substantial salary...whatever is left after making your monthly student loan payments, that is.  

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Do You Need to Work as an RN Before Becoming a Nurse Practitioner?

One of the obvious prerequisites to becoming a nurse practitioner is acquiring an RN degree and license.  You can't after all become a nurse practitioner without first being a nurse.  The RN and NP role are however very different and many prospective nurse practitioner's don't want to work as nurses.  Do you have to work as a nurse before attending a nurse practitioner program or working as a nurse?

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Nurse Practitioner Programs: How Many Applications Should You Submit?

Every prospective nurse practitioner encounters the same problem, "Where should I go to school?".  Future NP's consider cost, program length and reputation as well as which specialties are offered.  Once you narrow down your options, how many applications should you submit?  The answer?  It depends.

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