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Do You Believe Your Nurse Practitioner Bonus Will Be Paid?

One perk employers may offer to nurse practitioners is a bonus in addition to a base salary. For some NPs a bonus is an extra but not a substantial part of the compensation package. For other nurse practitioners, bonuses can potentially amount to tens of thousands of dollars each year in addition to a base salary. Despite the potential for extra cash, many nurse practitioners are skeptical of such compensation structures. Do you believe your bonus will be paid?

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Can Nurse Practitioners Administer Botox?

An increasing number of medical practices are adding cosmetic procedures to their menu of services. These procedures, such as administering Botox and dermal fillers, can significantly boost revenue and are relatively simple to perform. Patients pay for them in cash eliminating the paperwork and headache that comes with billing insurance companies. Can nurse practitioners get in on this practice opportunity?

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Ask for These Perks if Your Boss Won't Give You a Raise

Working up the nerve to ask for a raiseas a nurse practitioner takes a lot of guts. When you finally do pitch your case to your boss, it can be quite frustrating when the answer is "no". Whatever the reasoning may be, if you have done your research and presented a solid pitch with indisputable facts that show that your compensation is not up to par, it can be tempting to look for employment elsewhere; but don’t plan your exit strategy just yet. 

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3 Mistakes You’re Probably Making After Your NP Job Interview

I’ve talked with a number of nurse practitioners looking for jobs. Whether new grads fresh out of school, or NPs with several years of experience, it seems there are a few common themes that emerge in the job acquisition process for nurse practitioners across the board. Surprisingly, many of the mistakes NPs make during this process occur not during an interview, but after. 

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How Much Continuing Education Allowance Should NPs Expect?

A continuing education allowance shouldn't make or break the deal when it comes to your employment contract, but it can certainly be a nice perk. Employers vary when it comes to the amount they set aside for nurse practitioners and continuing education expenses. As an NP, what should you expect?

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10 Highest Paying Cities for CRNAs

We've covered the top paying cities for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Now it's time to put CRNAs in the mix. Location plays a major role in how much you're paid as a CRNA. Scope of practice laws, the job market, negotiated rates with insurance companies and a number of other factors figure in to the salary equation. We've previously compared state-by-state data for CRNA salaries but today, let's take it one step further by looking at the highest paying cities for nurse anesthetists. 

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Tips for Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Out-of-State

Relocating? Looking for a job in another state, or even across a state, can be a frustrating process. Scheduling interviews becomes a hassle, and employers seem hesitant to hire a candidate residing elsewhere. 

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5 Affordable Online Controlled Substance CME Courses

With my latest employment transition came a reduction in my continuing medical education budget. My time attending annual CME vacations, correction, CME conferences, has come to an end. At least for now. So, when I learned of the State of Tennessee's new regulations requiring nurse practitioners to obtain continuing medical education related to the prescribing of controlled substances, I searched for a more cost effective option than enrolling in a destination conference. 

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6 Things No One Tells You About Being a New Grad NP

I had a baby this year. It's one of those rock-your-world type of life transitions that makes you think and reprioritize. While it's not exactly the same kind of transition as in one's career, it can lead to the same sort of reorganizing and mental processing. I initially published a version of this post several years ago and revisited it after thinking through all of the transitions 2018 has brought. They have made me empathetic for my new grad nurse practitioner colleagues and reawakened me to the feelings that you all with less experience feel in your initial year of practice. 

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5 Key Mistakes Women Make in Their NP Careers

As a nurse practitioner I initially assumed that my career path was pretty well laid out for me and that there wasn't much room for advancement or therefore novel career advice. But, then I read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. The book discusses setbacks and mistakes Sandberg often sees women make in their careers from her own high-powered viewpoint and unexpectedly struck a chord with me. 

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This is the Key to Meeting Your Employer's Expectations

Setting yourself up for success in practice

Alright, here’s the reality. As a nurse practitioner, particularly if you’re a new grad, you’re going to have a lot, and I mean a lot, of questions on the job. You probably won’t practice as efficiently as your employer would like you to. You’re under significant pressure to increase productivity. You’re trying the hardest you can and still falling short. This is a scenario I hear all too often from the nurse practitioners I talk with - I’ve been there, too. 

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The Non-Annoying Plan for Following Up After a Nurse Practitioner Interview

I get a lot of questions from nurse practitioners facing a job transition. One piece of advice they often seek relates to following up after an interview. If you are applying to nurse practitioner jobs, naturally you're eagerly awaiting a post-interview decision. But, following up to soon or too often may be misinterpreted as being pushy, pesky, or downright annoying. 

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