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How Much Time Are You Wasting on Your Phone at Work?

Let’s face it. How many of us can openly admit that when we grab our phones in the morning to check our work emails, we find ourselves mindlessly checking our Facebook notifications instead? And raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself in sheer panic mode because your phone is nowhere to be found? Whether you want to admit it or not, we are all addicted to our phones and it's had a resounding affect on our productivity in the workplace. 

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Should You Ditch Your Full-Time NP Job for Freelancing?

In my first years as a nurse practitioner I worked more than full-time. I picked up extra shifts and took on PRN positions in addition to a full-time job. I busted my booty to save money to buy a house, a much needed vehicle upgrade, and overall establish myself as a working adult in a successful career. Then, in 2012, I founded MidlevelU which became my side-gig. Five years later and counting, the day-in and day-out operations of MidlevelU have become a more than full-time commitment and I have adjusted my schedule working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department accordingly. I maintain PRN positions with a few local hospitals and work seeing patients one or two days a week. 

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Will You Be Asked Clinical Questions in a NP Job Interview?

Easing job interview angst 

Sweaty palms, shifting in your seat - anxiety levels are high when interviewing for a nurse practitioner position. Whether you’re a new graduate, an NP seeking a specialty transition, or an experienced provider looking for a new employer, the unknowns that come with job interviews are worrisome. One question I often receive from job-seeking nurse practitioners centers around what a prospective employer will ask in the interview, specifically “will I be asked clinical questions in a nurse practitioner job interview?”. 

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How Much Will it Cost You to Add a DNP Degree?

Are you ready to jump on the DNP bandwagon? Since the introduction of the doctorate level degree for nurse practitioners, more and more NPs are choosing to take their education to the highest level. This leaves many of us who became nurse practitioners in the days when only a master's degree was offered feeling the pull to further our education as well. One of the first questions MSN-prepared NPs naturally ask is "How much will a post-master's DNP degree cost?". 

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Second Jobs? Side Hustles? What NPs Need to Know

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney 

Moonlighting. Daylighting. Side Hustle. No matter how you describe it, second jobs or passions turned profits are common among nurse practitioners. Given the unique work hours of many NPs, you may have downtime that can be used to pick up nursing work for another health care provider, or, as is becoming more and more common, to pursue an entirely different career. Before signing on for a second job or promoting your Etsy shop among co-workers and on social media, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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7 Benefits Every NP Should Negotiate For (Other Than Salary)

by Monica Elston, FNP-BC from Medelita

Congratulations on the new job! After countless, grueling hours of juggling Nurse Practitioner school with the rest of your life, you’ve finished and secured a job with stethoscope in hand, a huge accomplishment indeed.

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6 Key Features of a Professional Email

I often receive emails from other nurse practitioners, or am forwarded communication from NPs, that is, well, less than professional. Whether the tone of the email leaves something to be desired, or the content is of a matter best discussed in person, there are some professional norms to follow with work-related communication. Not to mention, grammar and writing standards apply. So, what do you need to keep in mind as you correspond as a nurse practitioner working in a professional setting?

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5 Really Dumb Things for NPs to Put in an Email

I love email. The convenience of written correspondence cannot be overstated. I'm able to communicate with anyone, anytime and anywhere. When something comes up, I simply make my point in writing, fire off the message, and get said issue, concern, or item off my mind. As a millennial, I far prefer to communicate over email than by phone. I'm better with words and the internet than conversation in person. Despite it's efficiencies, however, there are just some times when nurse practitioners should avoid hitting the 'send' button. 

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Employee vs. Contractor - What's the Difference for NPs?

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP®

There are many things to consider when deciding on a new nurse practitioner job-location, work culture, and schedule requirements, for starters. And another important consideration for most all of us is-money! When it comes to money, understanding the difference between being a nurse practitioner paid as an employee versus an independent contractor (IC) is critical.

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How to Build Your Nurse Practitioner Professional Network

For nurse practitioners, building a professional network can seem insignificant. As a matter of fact, you may even believe you dodged the networking bullet by choosing a profession in healthcare. Business lunches and happy hour mixers - who has time for those?! However professional networking shouldn’t be overlooked by NPs who value their careers and have aspirations to continue advancing in their profession. 

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5 Elements of Company Culture to Find in Your Next NP Job

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, factors to consider when searching for your next nurse practitioner position is company culture. Just what exactly is company culture and why is it important, you might ask? Simply put, company culture is the personality of the organization; a system of shared assumptions, values and beliefs which guide the behaviors and interactions between the employees and management.

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Nurse Practitioners in These States Just Got Major Raises

Nurse practitioners are enjoying positive momentum in the healthcare job market these days. It seems that every time I tell someone I’m an NP, they respond with a smile and an “Oh yeah, I just saw a nurse practitioner at…, It was great!”. Increasing recognition of our profession among patients, growing employment of NPs by healthcare facilities, and more permissive scope of practice regulations passed by lawmakers all contribute to the positives of life as a nurse practitioner in our current healthcare landscape. Not to mention, with these trends, NP salaries are naturally on the rise

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