What Should NPs Expect in a Performance Review?

Does your employer conduct regularly scheduled performance reviews? Whether you're a nurse practitioner with a meeting on the books to discuss your conduct or you're faced with an impromptu assessment of your latest achievements, a performance review can be downright nerve wracking. Knowing what to expect in such a meeting and coming prepared can help you approach the review with confidence and ease anxiety. Here's what nurse practitioners can expect when a boss requests a meet-up. 

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The 'How Nurse Practitioners Actually Get a Paycheck' Flowchart

When I first started my nurse practitioner education, I didn't think much about billing and coding. My focus was on learning and retaining clinical content rather than material related to the business side of medicine. As I proceeded through my NP program clinicals, however,I became aware of the complicated system by which charts are coded. One afternoon, I was even assigned by a preceptor to contact insurance companies to collect on past due payments. 

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5 Moves NPs Should Make When a Company is Restructuring

If you have worked as a nurse practitioner for some time now, chances are that at one time or another you’ve been a part of a hospital merger or acquisition, or another type of organizational shift in your practice setting. Perhaps, simply even a key clinic administrator leaving his/her position made waves in your workplace. 

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Should You Ditch Your Full-Time NP Job for Freelancing?

In my first years as a nurse practitioner I worked more than full-time. I picked up extra shifts and took on PRN positions in addition to a full-time job. I busted my booty to save money to buy a house, a much needed vehicle upgrade, and overall establish myself as a working adult in a successful career. Then, in 2012, I founded MidlevelU which became my side-gig. Seven years later and counting, the day-in and day-out operations of MidlevelU have become a more than full-time commitment and I have adjusted my schedule working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department accordingly. I maintain PRN positions with a few local hospitals and work seeing patients one or two days a week. 

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How Much Will it Cost You to Add a DNP Degree?

Are you ready to jump on the DNP bandwagon? Since the introduction of the doctorate level degree for nurse practitioners, more and more NPs are choosing to take their education to the highest level. This leaves many of us who became nurse practitioners in the days when only a master's degree was offered feeling the pull to further our education as well. One of the first questions MSN-prepared NPs naturally ask is "How much will a post-master's DNP degree cost?". 

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6 Little Known Truths about Statins

Statins are one of the most commonly prescribed medications, consistently landing on the list of the top 10 most frequently prescribed meds (depending on the list you're looking at). Since Americans' love of pizza, burgers and fries doesn't appear to be going anywhere, as nurse practitioners we must be familiar with these medications - and most of us are. So, let's go a bit beyond the basics today and look at a handful of little known facts about the statins you're prescribing day-to-day. 

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9 Factors Affecting Your NP Paycheck That are Out of Your Control

Are you negotiating your salary? Or, perhaps you're frustrated with your current nurse practitioner compensation? You can certainly take your payday woes out on your boss, but a better first step is to understand the economics behind your salary. It took me a number of years working as a nurse practitioner before I truly appreciated the effects of these often behind the scenes factors. 

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Living Down Under: How to Practice as a NP in Australia

Australia not only boasts golden sandy beaches, tropical rainforests, snowy mountains and deserts with a mild, year-round climate but a laid back lifestyle for which its residents pride themselves on. With a strong economy, a low unemployment rate and a culture of work-life balance, it’s no wonder the land down under is an attractive destination for Americans looking to live abroad. If you’re a nurse practitioner thinking of making the move, you’re in even more luck. Not only is the NP role in Australia is practically identical to that of the U.S., but the overall processes for relocating and practicing as a NP is pretty straightforward too.  

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What to Do With Your NP Life in January

Have you pledged to find a 'new you' this year? Or, maybe you're not about all of the New Years resolution hype? Whatever your preference, you've got to step it up from time to time both personally and professionally to keep life from getting stale and yourself from becoming blah. I, for one, have decided that my 2019 goals begin on Monday, January 7th because, well it's still sort of a holiday week (and there's a lot of chocolate left in my house). If you aren't sure where to start your 2019 refresher, here are a few suggestions for brightening your nurse practitioner life up in 2019. 

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Attend Our Nurse Practitioner Residency Info Session

Are you graduating from your nurse practitioner program in 2019? 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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