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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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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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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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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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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Hey NPs, Your Insecurity is Showing...

I can't even begin to tell you how insecure I was as a new graduate nurse practitioner. While I'm a driven person, I wouldn't describe my personality as 'dominant'. I'm more of a blend into the crowd kind of individual. There's a little bit of a natural insecurity that goes along with that. Paired with my new grad NP status, my lack of confidence was apparent to those I worked with. While over-confidence has its own set of problems, I could have stood a little taller my first year of practice

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Is Dictation or Typing the Most Efficient Documentation Method?

If there's one thing we can agree on as nurse practitioners, it's that time is a commodity. We're constantly pressured by the clock. Completing documentation can fall by the wayside as we move from patient to patient. I have a strict rule for myself - I must complete a patient's chart before I move on to the next visit. But, even so, I still find myself falling behind and scrambling to identify documentation shortcuts. Many of my coworkers dictate rather than type. Is dictating a better bet for charting efficiency?

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This New Book is Packed with Prescribing Pearls

Have you ever met someone who's really passionate about what they do? Recently, I had the pleasure of a virtual introduction to clinical pharmacist Eric Christianson, author of The Thrill of the Case: Case Studies, Drug Interactions and Clinical Pearls in Medication Management and host of podcast Real Life Pharmacology. While Eric jokes that there's not a lot to do in Minnesota "where it's so cold it makes your face hurt", one glance at his book shows that the publication is born out of his love for pharmacology rather than winter boredom.

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Are You Following These 4 Practical Prescribing Principles?

Most often, when I read research articles, I find them interesting, but not directly applicable to my practice. Or, the article presents an interesting perspective, however the research is young and not widely tested. Recently, however, a journal article was recommended to me that proved to be practical and directly applicable to my work as a nurse practitioner. The article? Principles of Conservative Prescribing published in the Archives of Internal Medicine

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