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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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5 Reasons You Didn't Get the NP Raise You Asked For

Asking for a raise can be an uncomfortable conversation to have. But, if you're a nurse practitioner who thinks you deserve more, taking the initiative to ask is the first step if you truly want to see more dollar signs on your paycheck. So if you’ve bitten the bullet and managed to get through the undoubtedly awkward meeting with your boss, kudos to you! Unfortunately though, no matter how well deserving you thought you were of a raise, your boss may have responded with a resounding "no". 

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Nurse Practitioner Salaries are Decreasing in These Two States

Year over year, nurse practitioners have enjoyed gains when it comes to compensation. In some cases, these salary increases have been quite significant. Between 2015 and 2016, for example, the average salary rose more than $20,000 dollars for nurse practitioners practicing in Wyoming. Statewide data certainly doesn’t represent reality for each NP individually (so don’t fret if you haven’t received a raise recently), but can give us a valuable glimpse into professional trends. 

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Get Social: Top Reasons NPs Should Build a Professional Network

As a nurse practitioner you might think that being part of a professional network is limited to those in the business world on a mission to climb the corporate ladder. But actually, building a professional network as a nurse practitioner is one of the most powerful ways to advance your career and practice. Like the links in a chain, individuals are stronger when they’re connected to one another. While the advantages of a professional network are endless, here are just a few reasons you should go beyond the walls of your clinic or department and build your professional network as a nurse practitioner.

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4 Mistakes Experienced Nurse Practitioners Make in a Job Search

If you're an experienced nurse practitioner, you're in luck. Your job search should be much easier than it was as a new grad now that you've got some real-life practice hours under your belt. Not to mention, you likely have professional connections to help with your search. Whether you've been working as an NP for ten months or ten years, your employment outlook is bright.

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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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How to Actually Get Hired from a Nurse Practitioner Job Board

Searching for a nurse practitioner job might feel as though you’ve taken on a PRN position in addition to your current work; it can be that time consuming. Although many NPs rely on job boards to assist in their quest for a new opportunity, it’s been debated as to whether or not job boards are not a good way to get hired. The huge volume of applications that are received in response to one single posting can leave you to wonder, is getting hired from a posting off a job board even possible or does your resume just get sent into a black hole?

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6 Things to Know Before Taking a Job in Retail Health

I've worked as a nurse practitioner in retail health a few times during my years as an NP. I've held these positions in a PRN capacity for various reasons. First, with the purchase of my home I wanted to generate a little extra income to indulge in some (obviously necessary) decor. Later, I found myself bored on weekdays off from my ER job and decided extra work on the side would be a productive use of my time. Whatever your reasons for considering a career in retail health, the job has pros and cons. Here's what you need to know before accepting a nurse practitioner position in retail health. 

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