Showing posts from: August 2016

3 Surprising Things Successful NP Students Don’t Waste Time On

If you're a nurse practitioner student, you may feel like you're being pulled in a hundred different directions. Managing the workload your nurse practitioner program places on you, along with life's other necessities like earning an income, can be difficult to manage. Fortunately, there is a better way. Choose not to care...about some things, anyway. Successful NP students prioritize what matters and avoid wasting time on things that don't. 

Continue reading

How to Apply to MidlevelU's 2017 Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

We can barely contain our excitement here at MidlevelU HQ. Our first Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class is about to conveign in Nashville, TN for a two-day kickoff conference. While we'll spend most of our time learning everything from how to crank up confidence as a new grad NP to suturing skills and minor office procedures, there will also be plenty of time for mingling, meeting other participants, and taking in all that Nashville has to offer. 

Continue reading

How I'm Going to Give Myself a Kick in the Nurse Practitioner @$$

Rekindling career motivation

This morning, my alarm sounded it's dreadful ring around 6am. Rather than exercise, I made cookie dough. Yes, cookie dough. I avoided my inbox under the guise of preparing sweet treats for my neighbor with a newborn baby. Basically, I spent the first hour of my day licking the fatty, sugary goo off of the spatula. My accompanying cup of coffee proved worthless in kick starting my workday. So, then I decided to run errands that didn't really need to be run. 

Continue reading

8 Ways to Effectively Apply for Nurse Practitioner Jobs on Social Media

If you're a nurse practitioner who's at all involved in social media, whether you simply post a pic or two on Facebook, or you're one to comment on each and every post in your Twitter feed, chances are you've noticed content related to your profession scrolling across your screen. Employers and recruiters are increasingly turning to social media to attract nurse practitioners to open positions. If you come across a job post of interest, is social media the best way to reach out about a prospective position?

Continue reading

Guys vs. Gals: How Does the Number of Male and Female NPs Compare?

Admittedly, I hesitated to publish this blog post. I mean, does it really matter what percentage of nurse practitioners in a given location are men or women? When you get down to it, not that much. Some aspiring healthcare providers may consider gender distribution in selecting their careers, for example. Entering a profession where you could be singled out based on sex has the potential to be intimidating. Quality of care and professional opportunities, however, should not depend on gender distinctions. Looking at demographics based on profession is just plain interesting, so I decided to move ahead with the post. 

Continue reading

5 Tips for Starting Your NP Program Off on the Right Foot

If you're heading into a nurse practitioner program this year, congrats! Making the decision to further your education isn't an easy one. Your motivation and enthusiasm will take you far as you kick off the semester. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to stay focused as the school year wears on. To set yourself up for nurse practitioner school success, here is some advice based on my own NP program experience. 

Continue reading

Weekend Wrap Up 8.26.16

Happy Friday! How was your week? Today is the first day I'm not feeling the effects of sleep deprivation. Fully (I think) recovered from working a few night shifts in the emergency department, I'm ready to take on the weekend in full force. With summer coming to a close, I'm feeling the pressure to maximize pool time and other outdoor activities tomorrow. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material as you relax over the next few days, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

Continue reading

ANCC vs. AANP: Comparing Nurse Practitioner Certification Exams

It's certification time for students graduating from NP programs this month. Choosing whether to take the AANP or ANCC nurse practitioner certification exam, if given the option for your specialty, can be a difficult decision. While the exams are overall very similar, there are a few small differences that can help you make your final decision. 

Continue reading

5 Fatal Nurse Practitioner Resume Flaws

I've reviewed a lot of nurse practitioner resumes over the past year and have been amazed at the number of ways there are to market yourself as an NP. Some nurse practitioners include a headshot on their CV while others opt for adding a few graphic design touches. Most choose a more traditional look. Crafting a professional, put together resume is essential in your nurse practitioner job search. It's an employer's first impression of you. What resume qualities get your job search process started off on the wrong foot?

Continue reading

These Midwest PA Programs Don't Have a Direct Patient Care Admissions Requirement

Thinking about becoming a physician assistant? What you may or may not know is that many schools require that PA program applicants have a background in providing direct patient care. This requirement may mean that you cannot apply to physician assistant schools unless you have thousands of hours of healthcare experience under your belt. For many aspiring PAs, the direct patient care requirement is prohibitive in furthering one's career. Fortunately, there are a handful of schools in each region of the country accepting applications from PAs to-be without a patient care background. 

Continue reading

Can Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Out-of-State?

As a nurse practitioner, I've called in a prescription for a patient out of state a time or two. Patients traveling who neglected to pack necessary medications call the office requesting a refill locally. Practicing within an hour of a state border, a handful of my even patients reside across state lines. Scope of practice regulations vary from state to state making it difficult for nurse practitioners to know where they stand when it comes to practicing and prescribing in different locations. Is it allowable for NPs to prescribe out of state?

Continue reading

11 Gotta Have 'Em Back to School Tees for Nurse Practitioners

I've made a habit of purchasing funny tees for the various seasons of the year, holidays, and other events. Something about having an "I'm just here for the boos" pullover for Halloween, or a "Too cool for British rule" tee for the 4th makes the day all the more enjoyable. While back to school season is exciting, for nurse practitioner students it can also mean a mountain of dread. So, why not conquer your next essay writing weekend or library cram session while wearing an outfit that makes you smile?

Continue reading

Pages