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How Difficult is Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Over 50?

A reader recently asked me to address attitudes of employers toward nurse practitioners over 50. This is a topic I have frequently mulled over myself in helping NPs find jobs, particularly after seeing one recruiting firm note specifically on its website that it 'does not work with healthcare providers with more than 20 years experience'. One would think that in the world of medicine and nursing it would seem that more is better when it comes to experience. But, it certainly seems there is a 'sweet spot' where NPs are most employable. What does the job market look like for nurse practitioners over 50?

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Body Language Hacks for New Grad Nurse Practitioners

Historically my posture has been pretty terrible. Unless I really think about it, I walk around shoulders hunched and head down my body taking on the contour of a 90 year old woman with osteoporosis. My look screams "lack of confidence" and "submissive". Over the past few years, however I have discovered the importance of making changes to my stance and experiencing the positive effects of tweaking my posture. 

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Do's and Don'ts: Emailing a Post-Interview Thank You Note

Interviewing for a nurse practitioner position has evolved tremendously over the last couple of years. Nowadays it’s become more common for employers to conduct video interviews over platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. It’s also not out of the ordinary for NPs to be asked by hiring managers to provide a link to their professional profiles on sites like LinkedIn. Yet while some things change, others stay the same. 

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Unexpected Ways to Diversify Your Career Without a DNP

A nurse practitioner recently emailed me asking how to "diversify or advance [herself] professionally and not necessarily by becoming a DNP". This is a question a lot of us as nurse practitioners are asking. Our time in the clinic or hospital seeing patients becomes routine and we're ready to mix things up a bit. But, we don't necessarily want to go back to school. The DNP doesn't seem like it will necessarily lead to the professional change we're looking for. 

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How Can NPs Deal with a Difficult Boss?

Do you have a 'difficult' boss? As a nurse practitioner I've had bosses that are harsh, bosses that give little direction, bosses that are unfair and bosses that are simply amazing. It's almost inevitable that working as an NP you'll have supervisors of all demeanors and managerial skill levels. Some you'll get along with swimmingly, others you won't and most will fall somewhere in between. What do you do when you have conflict with your boss, or just plain don't get along?

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Can Nurse Practitioners Perform Endoscopy and Colonoscopy?

I recently received a nurse practitioner scope of practice question from a surgical center practice manager. She wanted to know if nurse practitioners and physician assistants can perform endoscopy and colonoscopy. Is this in your scope of practice as an NP or PA?

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Prepare for a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview in 7 Easy Steps

When you’re on the hunt for a nurse practitioner job, crafting the perfect cover letter and submitting your resume for suitable positions is only half the battle in landing your next career opportunity. Acing the job interview is where the rubber meets the road and your opportunity to put a face to your application. 

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Tips That Will Make You a Rockstar at Clinic Time Management

Advice to avoid getting behind schedule

Getting behind schedule is a constant battle for many nurse practitioners. Patients arrive like clockwork for appointments, piling up in the lobby, as you struggle to get those currently in the exam room treated and out the door. Unexpected paperwork piles up. Answering patient calls eats up precious minutes. Your printer malfunctioning requires time to fix. 

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Real-Life Tips from First Day Mistakes in My New Nurse Practitioner Job

Perfectly content with my workload, and always borderline over-committed, I wasn't looking for a new nurse practitioner job. Until, that is, the former medical director of the emergency department where I work sent an email asking for help in his new facility. Intrigued by the opportunity to work somewhere new, and attracted to the possibility of again practicing with someone who had been instrumental in training me to be the NP I am today, I accepted the job. 

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5 Moves NPs Should Make When a Company is Restructuring

If you have worked as a nurse practitioner for some time now, chances are that at one time or another you’ve been a part of a hospital merger or acquisition, or another type of organizational shift in your practice setting. Perhaps, simply even a key clinic administrator leaving his/her position made waves in your workplace. 

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5 Tips for Handling a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview at a Restaurant

The final interview for my first nurse practitioner job occurred in a restaurant. I met the physician interviewing me at the clinic and she suggested we go to lunch. You can imagine my surprise when she told me she had driving her Harley motorcycle to work that day so I would need to drive us to our destination. Thankfully my old Jeep (think NP student budget) was somewhat clean. 

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4 Written Resources for Lab Interpretation

Our last post talked apps for lab interpretation. While apps are convenient and take up only virtual storage space, we totally side with nurse practitioners who prefer more tangible clinical resources. If you're a book-loving NP, there are a number of helpful references out there to guide you in ordering and interpreting lab studies. Which pack the most punch in the clinical setting?

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