NPs Sound Off on What to Expect in Online Programs

I’ve talked with more than one hundred nurse practitioners who’ve attended online NP programs. Hearing about these student's experiences in school has been quite interesting. Overwhelmingly, most online nurse practitioner grads say the experience wasn’t ideal. Missing out on the camaraderie of the classroom and in-person interaction with professors is difficult to replicate in the virtual environment. So, NPs attending online schools often tell me they feel disconnected. 

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When to Apply for Nurse Practitioner Residency

If you haven't heard about MidlevelU's residency-like program for new nurse practitioners, you can think of the program a bit like Teach for America. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) matches new grad NPs with facilities working with medically underserved communities across the country. MMU sites agree to be a supportive learning environment for nurse practitioners looking to kick off their careers. A continuing education component rounds out the experience with weekly didactic sessions. Essentially, MMU allows you a smooth transition from education to practice...with purpose! 

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Your Nurse Practitioner Residency Questions, Answered

Good morning! I woke up today feeling like it should be Thursday. On the upside, I suppose this means that yesterday was a productive Monday. On the downside, I'm two cups of coffee in and still rubbing my sleepy eyes. Does anyone else feel the same? One of yesterday's activities included hosting a Midlevels for the Medically Underserved webinar. I love connecting with nurse practitioners and NP students looking to make next steps in their careers and yesterday's session was no exception. 

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NPs on the MMU Adventure Make a Difference!

I know I talk a lot about Midlevels for the Medically Underserved here on MidlevelU. It's because I believe so much in the nurse practitioners participating in the program and have such a passion for mentoring new grads who sometimes fall through the cracks in their first year of employment. I have to say that this week, I am particularly proud of the nine NPs participating in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class. In just a few short months, they have grown by leaps and bounds. 

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4 Steps to Full Prescribing as a California Nurse Practitioner

Some states make practicing as a nurse practitioner more difficult than others. California is one such state with a few additional hoops to jump through for nurse practitioners looking to maximize their scope of practice. In the Golden State, nurse practitioners are not permitted to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances such as Percocet without meeting certain requirements. If you're an NP looking to prescribe to your full potential, you'll need to follow these steps to meet California Board of Nursing Requirements. 

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How to Study for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam

The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification is a new designation in the NP world (more on that here). In fact, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board will only begin offering the test this month. The new certification designation is surrounded by a lot of buzz as employers determine if the specialized certification will be required of nurse practitioners working in the emergency department. Understandably, NPs working in the ED are anxious about the possibility of taking another certification exam. 

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How Much Will an Ivy League Nurse Practitioner Education Cost You?

The prestige of an Ivy League education is a big draw for some aspiring nurse practitioners. A reputable education leaves the door open for future opportunities should the NP choose to teach, further his or her education, or simply hope to be more competitive in the job market. Highly selective nurse practitioner programs can certainly give your future career prospects an edge, but the education will cost you. How expensive is an Ivy League nurse practitioner education?

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Live Nurse Practitioner Residency Q&A

Learn more about the new residency-like program for NPs

By now you've probably heard about MidlevelU's new residency-like program for nurse practitioners. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) facilitates a smooth transition from education to practice with the mission of serving communities in need of healthcare. Applying to MMU and other post-graduate programs is a big decision. So, on January 30th at Noon CST, we're hosting a live webinar to answer questions, address concerns, and generally share our enthusiasm for MMU. 

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Are We Asking Too Much of Preceptors?

If you're a nurse practitioner student, or an NP who recalls your grad school days, you know that finding a clinical preceptor can be a total nightmare. Unless you have a number of connections in the healthcare world, convincing a provider to take on the responsibility of training you isn't easy. Patient care and the demands of an employer take precedent over accepting a student, as they should. Even the most altruistic NPs must work - without this they wouldn't be able to serve as preceptors anyway. 

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MD vs. NP vs. PA: Here's How the Number of Clinical Hours Compare

The nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and physician professions each have a unique approach to training. Understanding these approaches to education is important for both employers and individual providers themselves. The way healthcare providers are trained impacts the decisions they make, their legal scope of practice, and the way they are employed and integrated into the healthcare team. Aspiring healthcare providers also must review these different approaches. Which fits best with one's own career timeline?

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