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Strategies for Mastering a NP Specialty Transition that Actually Work

I kicked off my nurse practitioner career in primary care. Two years in, I decided it was time to make the transition to emergency medicine which had always been my goal. The transition was not easy I felt like a new graduate all over again. As nurse practitioners, our schooling prepares us for a broad range of specialties. There are very few formal education options for NPs interested in a particular niche of medicine, so we learn on the job. 

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How Do NP and PA Salaries Compare?

A state-by-state snapshot

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants perform very similar, if not identical, roles in most states. In fact, in the emergency department where I work, NPs and PAs are hired interchangeably. While this is true in many geographic areas, in certain instances state law, Medicaid guidelines, and/or the job market lead to wage disparities between nurse practitioners and physician assistants. NPs might be paid more than PAs and vice versa. How do the salaries for these individuals compare in your area?

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How Much Should You Conform Your Employer's Practice Recommendations?

Medical practices and often the individual clinicians working within them have their own practice styles and personalities. Some clinics and hospital departments allow each individual clinician to diagnose, prescribe and manage a workflow very independently, aligned with individual preferences. Other practices, in contrast, are more standardized with the employer directing providers to practice aligned in things like prescribing habits and workflow management. In this setting, where do you draw the line when your practice preferences as a nurse practitioner differ from those of your employer?

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4 Unexpected Sources of New Grad Anxiety

Hey, hey nurse practitioner new grads - congratulations are in order. Becoming a nurse practitioner is no easy feat and, well, you did it! While you may be donning your cap and gown this month, stress and anxiety don't go away as you walk down the steps of your university one last time (good riddance nursing school!). In fact, your worries may be just beginning. 

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Free eBook! Licensing Guide for New Grad NPs

As we round the corner to graduation season, we've got new grad NPs on the brain here at MidlevelU HQ. One thing we hear a lot from readers is that the licensing process can be pretty difficult to navigate for new graduate nurse practitioners. It seems like every time you turn the corner there's more paperwork to fill out or a different designation to apply for. Having been through the NP licensing process myself I understand where you're coming from. 

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How to Answer the Most Dreaded Interview Question

Preparation is key when it comes to interviewing for a nurse practitioner job; after all, the interview process is where the rubber meets the road. While you usually can’t predict the exact questions you’ll be asked, there is one you can always count on coming up: “Tell me about yourself”. This open ended question, and other variations like it, seem like an innocent way to break the ice, especially as it’s usually a segue from the small talk you and the interviewer were just having about the weather to the start of the interview. As nonchalant as it may seem, it is by no means one you should respond to on the fly.

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10 Things To Do If You Haven't Landed a NP Job by Graduation

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program seems like a light at the end of the tunnel. Until, that is, you realize you are unemployed and face a mountain of student loan debt. Your classmates all seem to be signing employment agreements before receiving a diploma, causing job search anxiety to mount. Where are you going wrong with your search? How might you become a stronger applicant for nurse practitioner jobs?

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Relocating for a Nurse Practitioner Job? Don't Forget to Budget!

Relocating for a nurse practitioner job can make for a very exciting adventure, especially if you’re a new grad NP. Not only do you have a fresh start in a new career, but exploring the sights and attractions of a new city can make relocating for a job feel like a dream come true. That is, until you start seeing just how much moving is going to set you back financially. 

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Why Some RNs Should Expect Lower Salaries as NPs

Earlier today, I reviewed stats showing that nurses can expect to earn substantially more on average by advancing their careers. Depending on specialty, nurse practitioners earn $36,000 to $40,000 more than their RN counterparts...with a few caveats.

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Small Mistakes that Cause Big Damage to Your NP Credibility

Although I have worked as a nurse practitioner for nearly 10 years, I still have a lot to learn. The world of medicine is vast, so it's inevitable that patients will ask questions I don't have an answer to or that I'll need to refer for specialty care. Earlier in my career, I worried that such "I don't know" moments damaged my credibility as a healthcare provider among patients and coworkers alike. I've come to realize, however, that not knowing the answer typically does not put an NP's reputation at stake. Rather, there are a number of mistakes that nurse practitioners make that can damage credibility in a big way. 

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7 Questions YOU Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview

The last time I interviewed for a nurse practitioner position, I was hired on the spot. I recall I was asked just one or two questions, handed over my resume, and bam! I was hired. My rapid hiring surprised me given my lack of experience at the time. When I left the interview and recounted the story to family members working in the business world they found it highly amusing.

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The Art of Easing Nurse Practitioner Job Interview Anxiety

The thought of interviewing for a new job can make even experienced nurse practitioners shudder. Convincing an employer you're the best candidate for a position is anxiety provoking. Unknowns about how the interview will be conducted make preparation difficult. As someone who tends to be better with written communication than verbal, any interview, and particularly one for a job, is enough to make me wish I had a prescription for Xanax. 

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