Ask for These Perks if Your Boss Won't Give You a Raise

Working up the nerve to ask for a raiseas a nurse practitioner takes a lot of guts. When you finally do pitch your case to your boss, it can be quite frustrating when the answer is "no". Whatever the reasoning may be, if you have done your research and presented a solid pitch with indisputable facts that show that your compensation is not up to par, it can be tempting to look for employment elsewhere; but don’t plan your exit strategy just yet. 

Continue reading

3 Mistakes You’re Probably Making After Your NP Job Interview

I’ve talked with a number of nurse practitioners looking for jobs. Whether new grads fresh out of school, or NPs with several years of experience, it seems there are a few common themes that emerge in the job acquisition process for nurse practitioners across the board. Surprisingly, many of the mistakes NPs make during this process occur not during an interview, but after. 

Continue reading

Do Nurse Practitioners Really Need a DEA Number?

If you’re a new grad nurse practitioner, you’re probably pretty tired of the paperwork that follows graduation. Not only have you studied for, taken and passed your certification exam, you’ve applied for your sate license to practice and may be going through the credentialing process for a new employer which means, yes, more paperwork. Not to mention, applying for a state license and waiting for your new job to start can be costly. Fed up with the licensing process and short on cash, nurse practitioners often ask me if they really need to apply for a DEA number. 

Continue reading

10 Highest Paying Cities for CRNAs

We've covered the top paying cities for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Now it's time to put CRNAs in the mix. Location plays a major role in how much you're paid as a CRNA. Scope of practice laws, the job market, negotiated rates with insurance companies and a number of other factors figure in to the salary equation. We've previously compared state-by-state data for CRNA salaries but today, let's take it one step further by looking at the highest paying cities for nurse anesthetists. 

Continue reading

Happy Veteran's Day! NPs Give Back to Those Who Serve

Happy Veteran's Day!  Let's take a moment today to remember those who have served our country, to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and to thank the families of members of our military who give up so much allowing their loved ones to deploy.  As nurse practitioners, we have a unique opportunity to serve current and former members of our military.  How can we honor veterans through our practice?

Continue reading

Happy NP Week 2018 + Giveaway!

By Our Friends at Medelita

Each year we look forward to Nurse Practitioner Week as a time to celebrate the amazing work of NPs across the country, and to raise awareness for the critical role NPs play in our healthcare system. As our healthcare system gets more and more convoluted, patients can count on these highly skilled, advanced practice nurses to provide compassionate care and patient education to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Continue reading

What Will You Learn in Our NP Residency?

Check out a sample curriculum 

Are you thinking about asking your employer to enroll you in ThriveAP, our curriculum to help support new grad nurse practitioners and physician assistants? Or, are you considering Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, our residency-like program for new grad NPs and PAs? Whatever education track seems like the best fit for you, our curriculum is designed to help family and adult NPs overcome the challenges they often face in those initial months and years of practice because, well, we've been there. 

Continue reading

Solving the CMP: Basic Lab Interpretation

When I wrapped up my nurse practitioner program, I remember thinking that I could have used more education around lab interpretation. Which abnormals did I need to worry about? When a lab value came back abnormal, what differential diagnoses could be causing the abnormality? I tell participants in MidlevelU's programs that one could get a PhD in lab interpretation - there can be a high degree of complexity in understanding how some of the physiologic systems involved work. So, we master the basics to start, then build on interpretation ability throughout our careers. 

Continue reading

5 Ways to Take Your Nurse Practitioner Career Abroad

I've got the itch to travel. Okay, I've always got the itch to travel. Whether it be to hike and camp the Grand Canyon or to lounge on the beach in Australia, you can pretty much count me in as a companion if you've got a trip on the books. One career goal of mine would be to work internationally as a nurse practitioner. Not only would this serve as a cool cultural experience, I'd also like to observe and participate in practicing medicine abroad. 

Continue reading

6 Things No One Tells You About Being a New Grad NP

I had a baby this year. It's one of those rock-your-world type of life transitions that makes you think and reprioritize. While it's not exactly the same kind of transition as in one's career, it can lead to the same sort of reorganizing and mental processing. I initially published a version of this post several years ago and revisited it after thinking through all of the transitions 2018 has brought. They have made me empathetic for my new grad nurse practitioner colleagues and reawakened me to the feelings that you all with less experience feel in your initial year of practice. 

Continue reading