Showing posts from: October 2018

5 Oncology Certification Options for Nurse Practitioners

We're continuing the conversation here on the MidlevelU blog about certifications for nurse practitioners that don't require an additional degree. If you're an NP working in a specialty, achieving certification or specialty training can help you distinguish yourself as a provider with a specific skill set. So far this week we've touched on certifications for cardiology NPs and nurse practitioners working in dermatology. Today, we'll look at options for oncology nurse practitioners

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Application Deadline Approaching!

Have you thought about next steps following your nurse practitioner school graduation this winter? Or, maybe you finished your NP program this spring and are still trying to figure out what your first move as a newly minted nurse practitioner will be? If you've already graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program in 2019, a residency or fellowship is a great way to build a clinical foundation for the rest of your career. 

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How Can NPs Practice in Puerto Rico?

Who hasn’t dreamt of running away and living on a beautiful island somewhere? As luxurious as views of pristine beaches and captivating landscapes right outside your doorstep sounds, actually making island living a reality can come with a lot of fears and hesitation. Not only would you have to leave behind all you know, but if you love practicing as a nurse practitioner or aren’t in a position where retirement is possible yet, at the end of the day, you’ll still have to make a living somehow. In many regions, the advanced practice nursing role isn’t as developed or as highly regarded as it is in the United States, but fortunately, we’ve got some good news for you!

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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. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Perform Endoscopy and Colonoscopy?

I recently received a nurse practitioner scope of practice question from a surgical center practice manager. She wanted to know if nurse practitioners and physician assistants can perform endoscopy and colonoscopy. Is this in your scope of practice as an NP or PA?

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6 Healthcare Halloween Costume Ideas for NPs

Spooked about what you'll wear this October 31st? Choosing a Halloween costume can be somewhat of a stressful chore, especially for busy nurse practitioners. But if you received an invitation to a fun party after-hours or your practice has decided collectively to dress up on the day of, you definitely don’t want to be the odd-NP out. Showing up for a Halloween party without a costume can get awkward, fast. If you’re fresh out of ideas and need a creative outfit ASAP, check out these six costume ideas for nurse practitioners.

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7 Ways to Make Sure Your NP School Isn't a Diploma Mill

I've written before about the number of online nurse practitioner programs cropping up across the country. While online education can mean an affordable, flexible way to advance your nursing carer it also brings questions about quality. Will employers value an online NP degree as highly as one attained at a bricks and mortar institution. Will you fare well as a student without face-to-face relationships with classmates and professors?

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Did You Know that NPs & PAs Can Work for the CIA?

I heard about the coolest (and totally top secret) job the other day. In one of those friend of a friend conversations, I learned about a physician assistant who is going to work for the CIA. The job opportunity really piqued my interest. Based on the retelling of this individual's experience so far, the clinical position pretty much fits the CIA stereotype complete with arms training, a bag full of disaster supplies and deployment to an area of the country that's a known hot zone. 

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DIY Halloween Decor for the Hospital Floor

From mandatory family photo ops at the pumpkin patch to pumpkin succulent planters, it seems as though there’s a new decorating trend for Halloween every year that circulates our newsfeeds. When it comes to Halloween decor, there are really no limits to how creative you can get. While you can’t necessarily go too crazy with decorating on the floors of your hospital as you would your home, there are still some fun and easy ways you can liven up the place for October 31st. 

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Can FNPs Work in Hospital and Specialty Settings?

Ahhh...the age old question. Are family nurse practitioners allowed to work in the hospital setting? The scope of practice for FNPs is a big gray area and one that's often subject to debate. When it comes to accepting a position, if you're an FNP, can you sign on with a hospital?

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The Average CRNA Salary, By State

To conclude our state-by-state salary series for advanced practice providers, today we'll focus on CRNAs. Nurses I talk with that are interested in advancing their careers typically look at two paths, becoming a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. The NP vs. CRNA decision is a big one for these nurses and naturally, salary is a consideration in this equation. Just how much can nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists expect to earn? Last week we checked out compensation for NPs by state. Today, we'll look at the average CRNA salary across the country. 

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Our New Program Helps Recent Grads...Thrive

I am SO excited to announce today that MidlevelU is rolling out a new program for advanced practice providers. Why, you ask? Based on my own experience as a nurse practitioner, the transition from being in a NP program to actual practice is a tough one. While my nurse practitioner program gave me a solid clinical foundation, in my first job I still had a lot to learn. Providers I worked with didn't have enough time in their days to train, educate and mentor me to help fill gaps in my knowledge. This made for a frustrating first work experience. So, here at MidlevelU we decided to do something about it. Enter ThriveAP

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