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What's the Pass Rate for the Acute Care NP Certification Exam?

Whether you’re an aspiring nurse practitioner with a passion for acute care who’s just begun applying to programs or a current NP student preparing for graduation, you likely understand that the certification exam is the culmination to putting your education into practice. If you haven’t already, odds are at some point during your NP education, you’ll have a stressful thought or two about which exam to take and whether you’ll actually pass.

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Retirement Planning for Nurse Practitioners - At My Age?!

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP

For many of us, traditional retirement can seem like a lifetime away. In fact, if you’re 30 and plan to retire when you reach the standard 65-year mark, retirement is greater than a lifetime away! What’s more, many of you may genuinely enjoy your career and have no plans to ever fully retire. In either case, why bother thinking about retirement? Two reasons: time and freedom.

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What Should NPs Expect in a Performance Review?

Does your employer conduct regularly scheduled performance reviews? Whether you're a nurse practitioner with a meeting on the books to discuss your conduct or you're faced with an impromptu assessment of your latest achievements, a performance review can be downright nerve wracking. Knowing what to expect in such a meeting and coming prepared can help you approach the review with confidence and ease anxiety. Here's what nurse practitioners can expect when a boss requests a meet-up. 

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Secrets to Choosing an NP Job You Won't Get Tired Of

When I tell people I work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, the reaction is often something along the lines of "I bet that's exciting!". While I do love my job, the truth is that working even in the emergency setting does lend itself to a routine. The novelty of the ED wears off, there is a pattern even to the kinds of emergencies an NP can expect to encounter in the department. Nurse practitioners enjoy careers packed with variety and opportunity, but like other professionals are subject to the "more of the same" mentality. So, how do you choose a job you won't get tired of?

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Is it Quality v. Quantity: What Should I Expect in a NP Contract?

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

“Is it usual for my contract to be this short?”, “Are employment agreements normally this long?” I receive these types of questions often from nurse practitioners who are presented with an employment agreement. My answer, “It is the quality, not the quantity, of the agreement that matters.” Sometimes a short and sweet agreement is all that is needed. 

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How Life Coaching Helped Reset My Nurse Practitioner Career

By Guest Contributor Leondria Taty, MSN, FNP-C

A few years ago I hit a pretty rough patch in my Nurse Practitioner career. Being neither a new graduate nor a seasoned practitioner, I was having a hard time finding my seat at the table. My idyllic view of what it meant to be a NP was starting to get overshadowed by doubt regarding myself and the profession. These feelings progressively pulled me in a downward spiral of self-sabotaging beliefs. It was an awkward and frustrating space for me.

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Planning Ahead: The Beginner's Guide to NP Licensure Renewal

Keeping your credentials up to date is a must as a nurse practitioner. In fact, it seems as though the minute you finally receive your certification and license to practice as an NP, you must start thinking about a future renewal. Navigating the logistics of licensure and certification renewal can be confusing and must be planned in advance. Neglecting to do so could leave you with a mountain of continuing education hours to complete at the last minute. So, here's a quick guide outlining the timelines and requirements nurse practitioners must be aware of. 

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How Long Should You Wait to Start Working After NP Graduation?

Most nurse practitioner students maintain jobs as nurses, at least in some capacity, throughout the course of their education. While this is beneficial in that it provides an income during graduate school, the comfort of a reliable job can cause some new nurse practitioners to delay the search for an NP position. Just how long is it OK to wait to find a job working as a nurse practitioner once you finish NP school?

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5 Foolproof Tactics for Expediting Nurse Practitioner Licensure

Applying for and maintaining state licensure is one of the not-so-fun parts of being a nurse practitioner. But, it's necessary in order to practice. If you're a new grad nurse practitioner or an NP relocating to another state, chances are you're facing the challenge of obtaining a new license to practice. Jumping through these paperwork hoops is not only an inconvenience, it can delay your ability to start working and receiving a paycheck.

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The Worst Thing NPs Can Say in a New Grad Job Interview

Okay, okay, so there are a lot of 'worst' things you could do in a new grad nurse practitioner job interview. You could lug your infant in a car seat along with you, sparking immediate childcare concerns in the minds of a prospective employer. You could come dressed for an afternoon at the beach, in flip flops and cut-off denim shorts. You could cuss. A lot. But, assuming you've got the basics of job interview protocol and professionalism down, there is still one big mistake less experienced nurse practitioners make in the quest for employment. 

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5 Things You Shouldn't Sweat as a Nurse Practitioner New Grad

I remember life as a new graduate nurse practitioner all too painfully well. Upon graduating from my NP program, I squeezed a much needed tropical getaway into the four day break I had between my the end of my academic and beginning of my professional careers. Then, I marched through the tall glass doors of the clinic where I was newly employed ready for day one as a nurse practitioner. 

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An FBI Hostage Negotiator Gives Advice for Getting the NP Salary You Want

I love action movies. Anything with war, drug trafficking, a hero and heroine uniting in dramatic fashion despite a spray of machine gun fire - yes, that's the flick for me. So, when a family member suggested I read former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss' book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, I was game. I figured that if I was going to read a book on professional development, it might as well be one authored by someone with some interesting stories and utmost credibility. With experience in high-stakes negotiation with bank robbers, terrorists, and international kidnappers, Voss fit the bill. 

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