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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant: Who Has the Better Salary?

So you want to become a nurse practitioner..... or a physician assistant.  The lines between these two professions are becoming increasingly blurred, however some differences do exist.  How do you choose?  I will begin to discuss the differences between these two professions in a series of blog posts.  Lets start with the $$!

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Choose Wisely: Do You Really Need to Order That Test? Part 1

After the New York Times published an article calling into question the necessity of the annual physical, it seems publicity surrounding routine medical testing has flourished.  Individuals and healthcare providers are calling into question the need for routine EKG's, pap smears and colonoscopies.  Most have mixed feelings about this issue.

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Health Insurance Advice For Patients: Where Do You Go?

Do your patients ever ask you for advice on health insurance?  As a nurse practitioner I should know something about health insurance, but to be honest I really don't.  There are so many different insurance companies, plans and networks who has time to become an expert in both medicine and health insurance?  But, for patients, this is an important issue and dictates their ability to pay for their medical care and prescriptions.

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2012 Mid-level Job Outlook: Lookin' Good!

What does the 2012 job market look like for physician assistants and nurse practitioners?  According to Jennifer Ford's article in Advance for NP's and PA's, it is a good time to be a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.

The Word is Out About Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

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Nurse Practitioner Resources: Poison Control Center

Have you ever called the poison control center?  They are fabulous.  Have a patient who missed their morning medications and took their evening and morning medications at the same time?  Did your patient accidentally or intentionally overdose on a certain medication?  Has a child ingested a medication meant for an adult?

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Is Working in Retail Health the Right Choice For You?

There are over 1,200 retail health clinics operating in 32 states according to the Convenient Care Association.  With the large number of such clinics, as a nurse practitioner it is likely you will encounter these employers in your job search.  But is retail medicine the right choice for you?

I have worked in two different retail health clinics, one in a grocery store and one in a drug store, in a PRN capacity.  This experience has given me insight into the retail health industry as well as the pros and cons of retail health employment.

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Nurse Practitioners Get Free Meals From Pharma, Too

During my time as a nurse practitioner student I was placed in multiple family practice clinical sites.  Everyday I woke up at 7am, rushed to shower and leave the house at 7:30 to make it to my clinical site by 8.  I never worried about bringing a lunch- I knew it would be provided to me free by a pharmaceutical rep.  No snack either.  If I got hungry, I could just have the office manager call someone on our long list of visiting pharma reps and one would surely stop by in the afternoon with some treats.  Dinner tonight?  Yes...

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Make Friends With a Pharmacist


Whether you are a nurse practitioner student or a nurse practitioner with fifteen years of experience I have a suggestion for you: become friends with a pharmacist.  It is not difficult and will be incredibly beneficial to you as a healthcare provider.

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Controversy Over the Word "Doctor"

Since the implementation of the DNP degree, "doctors" have become concerned according to the New York Times Health Blog.  They worry that nurses with a doctorate degree using the title "doctor" will begin to push for higher pay, top administrative positions and also cause confusion among patients. 

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Why I Like Being a Nurse Practitioner and You Should Become One

I am thrilled I chose a career as a nurse practitioner and recommend it to almost everyone!  My career provides me a flexible schedule, an interesting and challenging workday and a pretty good paycheck...all with just two years of schooling following my bachelor's degree.  

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Should Nurse Practitioners Practice Independently?


At MidlevelU, we say yes!  Watch this news clip that aired on Fox and Friends discussing the controversy.

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Good News for Midlevel Providers

A 2011 CDC publication finds that the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants is on the rise in outpatient medical clinics.  The percentage of outpatient medical visits that were handled by a nurse practitioner or physician alone rose from 10% in 2000-2001 to 15% in 2008-2009.  In general medicine clinics, 21% of patients were seen by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant alone.  

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