An Inside Look at Nurse Practitioner Residency Life
Our first Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class is well underway. If you haven't yet heard of MMU, you can think about the program similar to a residency for nurse practitioners. MMU matches less experienced NPs with facilities capable of supporting new grads in medically underserved areas across the country. As a group, MMU participants support each other throughout the ups and downs of new grad life, and join in opportunities to further clinical learning along the way.
Last month, the inaugural MMU class jumped in to their learning adventure with a kick off conference at MidlevelU headquarters here in Nashville, Tennessee. What does the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved kickoff experience look like?
Participating nurse practitioners arrived in Music City on a pleasant fall evening. The following morning, the conference commenced with a meet-and-greet over breakfast downtown. Then, the group dove in to a day packed with continuing education sessions. We discussed topics such as practical tips for efficiency and time management as a new grad NP, as well as the basics of billing and coding. Then, a few guest experts joined us to discuss content like motivational interviewing, a technique to engage patients and help them overcome obstacles to health. We also heard from an attorney who talked legal pitfalls NPs may face, and gave advice on practicing in compliance with state laws and Boards of Nursing.
After a long day of learning, we took a brief break to freshen up then regrouped at one of Nashville's restaurant hot spots for a relaxing Italian dinner. What better way to celebrate the beginning of a life adventure than a plate full of pasta and a glass of wine (or two...), right?
The following morning, MMU participants met up again for a day chock full of continuing education. The majority of our time was spent mastering suturing skills and minor office procedures. The session included practicing digital blocks on hot dog 'fingers' and draining abscesses on chicken drumsticks. You've gotta start somewhere! Accompanied by an instructional lecture, MMU nurse practitioners left the conference armed with newfound confidence in procedural skills.
To end the MMU kickoff with a bang, the group converged on a nearby bowling alley to socialize over dinner, cocktails, and friendly competition. And, of course, there were prizes.
At the MMU kick off, participants bonded as a group, each earned 14 hours of continuing education credit, and left with practical skills essential to success in their new roles.
Are you interested in participating in the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved adventure? Learn more by checking out our overview packet and application here or, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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As an RN of 30 + years the salary is the same or less, we go back to school for an advance degree, skills, and a higher pay check. The down side to this is we come out of school in debt and at lot of time lacking the skills or knowledge we need to perform at the level our degree says we can, this can make finding a job a challenge. While I might be working at a lower pay scale at this time I am gaining skills, confidence and knowledge that will help me gain the pay check and job I want.
The support and education seem great. The downside, for me, is the salary (on par with a new grad RN) and student loan reimbursement. After 20 years as a nurse, I would take a pay cut of over $30k, while simultaneously repaying a student loan that approaches $90k.