Showing posts from: April 2017

Did You Miss Our Nurse Practitioner Residency Info Session?

Did you miss yesterday evening's live Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info session? If you couldn't make it to the webinar, we understand. Between clinicals and classroom assignments, as a nurse practitioner student you're busy. Despite the chaos that is NP school, it's never too early to think about the steps you'll take when you graduate. Where will you work? How will you obtain the training you need as a new grad to continue building a successful foundation for practice?

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8 Online BS to MSPAS Programs for Physician Assistants

In 2020, the ARC-PA will require that all Physician Assistant programs are offered at the graduate level; eliminating Associate and Bachelor PA programs completely. While certified PAs educated with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree will not be required to obtain a Master’s degree in order to continue practicing, many are choosing to do so as means to not only stay up to date with the advancement of medicine, but also to remain competitive in the Physician Assistant job market as well.

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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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How Personality Profiling Can Help Your Practice

I'm a big fan of personality profiling. First of all, as a test taker, the path to self-discovery is exciting. Not to mention, taking a personality assessment feels a bit like the magazine quizzes I once took in graduate school. For employers, personality profiling gives insight into how applicants will fit with the position you're hiring for and your company culture as a whole. If you're a nurse practitioner who helps make hiring decisions for your practice or department, here's how personality profiling can help improve your team. 

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Foreign Body Friday (Revisited!)

Hey, hey it's Friday! How was your week? I'm having a particularly difficult time getting motivated to finish up the work week. So, I thought a little Friday amusement was in order. If you're a nurse practitioner, chances are you've heard and seen some interesting healthcare cases in your day. And, there are no cases quite like those involving a foreign body. So, for some entertainment to get you through to the weekend, check out these X-Rays featuring non-anatomical structures. 

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The First Online Program for Physician Assistants is (Almost) Here

Physician Assistant Programs offered exclusively online are currently non existent. But pending approval at an ARC-PA meeting to be held this fall, Yale University may very well become the first educational institution to offer a Master’s Physician Assistant Program that can be completed via distance learning. If granted accreditation, the program would matriculate its first cohort of students as early as January 2018. While Yale Physician Assistant Online would have a separate accreditation status from the Master’s Physician Assistant Program offered on-campus, graduates of either program would receive equivalent degrees and be eligible to take the PANCE.

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5 Sites to Keep Up with Evidence Based Practice on Your Lunch Break

As nurse practitioners we're busy. Chances are you find yourself constantly at that tipping point where time spent on your personal and professional lives is out of whack. You can barely complete the responsibilities of your position and meet the expectations of your employer, much less find time to keep up to date with changes in healthcare. It's essential, however, to keep yourself in the loop with the latest in medicine so that you're delivering the best care possible. 

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What's the Average Starting Salary for Nurse Practitioners?

With very little to no nurse practitioner experience, it's natural to assume you won't earn a top salary as a new grad. The same principle holds true for most professions. But, just how much can you expect to earn once you complete your nurse practitioner program?

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Big-Time Challenges that Even Experienced Nurse Practitioners Face

The other day I checked out my work schedule for the coming months. I felt a flood of dread overcome me. The reaction was automatic and as I rationally examined my thoughts, I wondered what was different. Just a few weeks ago I returned home from work thinking about how much I loved my career and enjoyed the work I do as a nurse practitioner. It seemed that little had changed in the interim. 

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5 Best Value Physician Assistant Programs

While enrolling in a PA program at a prestigious university may seem advantageous, it is not always the most financially feasible option, especially when factoring in the added cost of books, fees and other living expenses incurred in addition to tuition. Though aspiring PAs may feel that the more well-known and expensive the program, the better the education; as they say, bigger is not always better. Carefully researching and considering the tuition costs at other programs to see how they compare to pricier options can truly pay off in the long run both financially and educationally.

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How to Become an Integrative or Holistic Nurse Practitioner

I talk with a lot of nurse practitioners who've grown frustrated with the "pills, pills, pills" mindset of so many in our culture. Our patients are looking for a quick, easy fix to their health issues. But, exercise and diet of course are the best solution for health maintenance in most people. Getting back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle can prevent the requirement for treatments like surgeries and medications and leave our patients feeling far better than supplying a pharmacologic fix to their problems. 

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Can You Work as an NP Before Passing Your Certification Exam?

Once you've graduated from your nurse practitioner program, the wait to take your certification exam can present a significant delay for your job search. If you aren't yet certified, you can't start working, right? Fortunately, some states have recognized this inconvenient setback and provided new NP grads with a way to start their careers sooner. 

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