Showing posts from: October 2018

State-by-State Nurse Practitioner Salary Guide

If there's one thing on the minds of nurse practitioners I talk with, it's compensation. NPs that are currently employed want to make sure they're being paid fairly. Nurse practitioners on the job hunt are curious about competitive wages. And, aspiring NPs are calculating what kind of lifestyle they can expect as they embark on a new career path. 

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These Southern FNP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

Alright, we're wrapping up our series on family nurse practitioner programs boasting a 100% passing rate on the national certification exam. Why have we spent so much time featuring these schools? If you're interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, part of that process will be passing a national certification exam. The quality of the education you receive in your NP program influences how likely you are to pass this all important test.

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Here's the Average Physician Assistant Pay, By State

Scope of practice laws, specialty, setting, experience and geographic location are the most important factors that determine physician assistant compensation. Laws in some states, for example, limit utility of PAs in that region keeping compensation low. In contrast, other states may allow physician assistants a high degree of autonomy making them more valuable in practice - so, they command higher salaries.

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Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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5 Reasons Nurse Practitioners Get Fired (and How to Avoid Them)

Fortunately, most nurse practitioners don't need to think about getting the axe. Overall, we're a hard-working, devoted crowd that takes our jobs seriously. But, what if you and your employer don't see eye-to-eye about your performance? The truth is that  as at-will employees we can be fired at any time. If you're following through on your responsibilities as an NP, this doesn't usually happen. But, let's look at the reasons it could - and talk about how to avoid these pitfalls. 

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5 Western NP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

If you haven't noticed, we're talking certification pass rates here on MidlevelU this week. If you're applying to nurse practitioner schools, why should you care? Essentially, once you graduate from your NP program, you'll have to take a national, standardized certification exam to prove that you learned enough to qualify to practice as a NP. Attending a school with a high NP certification pass rate means that you're prepared to practice. Think twice about attending a school whose students don't fare so well on the national certification exam. 

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Which Region of the U.S. Has the Highest PA Salary?

If you're a physician assistant or thinking about becoming one, salary is undoubtedly a major consideration in your career choices. The setting, specialty and geographic location where you practice all make a difference in how much you'll earn. While practicing as a PA isn't all about the Benjamin's, its important to make sure you're being paid appropriately for the work you do. Not to mention, you've probably got some student loan debt to pay off. So, in which region of the country do physician assistants earn the most?

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East Coast FNP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

Attending an elite family nurse practitioner program can be alluring. From prestigious ivy leagues to private religious institutions, the East Coast region is home to some of the United States’ oldest and most exclusive schools. Before you jump the gun based on the name of the school itself, it’s important to consider a few other stats beforehand. Perhaps one of the most important considerations is how likely you’ll be the pass the NP certification exam. 

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Live NP Residency Info Session!

Are you graduating from your nurse practitioner program this year? If so, you've got a lot of decisions to make. Where will you work once you wrap up your NP program? How will you continue to build upon the clinical foundation you've built in school? Life as a new grad NP is overwhelming. There's uncertainty about next employment steps and a lot of "I don't know's" in the clinical setting. I understand, I've been there.

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10 Midwest FNP Programs with a 100% Certification Pass Rate

There are a number of things to consider when you're choosing a family nurse practitioner program. Location is important as are these three criteria we recommend asking about. Because the culmination of your NP education will all come down to your ability to pass the national certification exam, looking at the passing rates is a good indication of how well the school is preparing its FNP students.  

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Which Region of the U.S. Has the Highest NP Salary?

Geographic location makes a big difference when it comes to your nurse practitioner paycheck. In areas with a high cost of living and/or high demand for NPs, nurse practitioners can expect to earn well into the six-figure salary range. In other locations where demand for NPs is lower or places with a low cost of living, average NP salaries may be below the $100K mark. If you're looking to maximize your earning potential as a nurse practitioner, whats the best area of the country to live in?

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What's the Average Salary for Emergency NPs & PAs?

As an emergency nurse practitioner, I talk with a number of prospective NPs interested in pursuing emergency medicine. While the unpredictability and perceived excitement factor of the department certainly has its allure, salary is another consideration that attracts advanced practice providers to the specialty. Just how much do emergency nurse practitioners and physician assistants earn?

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