Blame North Carolina's Medicaid Policies for the Tough New Grad Job Market

New graduate nurse practitioners inevitably face challenges when it comes to the job market in many locations. Without experience in the provider role, employers can be understandably hesitant to hire. Lack of experience, however, is not the only thing hindering new grad NPs in the job market. Other factors like state scope of practice regulations and payer policies play a role. One such scenario is currently playing out in North Carolina. 

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Beyond Wikipedia: Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Practice

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is no easy feat. Medicine is always changing and as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant you are always running into new clinical situations. Even the brightest clinicians have questions at times. So, where should NPs and PAs turn for the latest reliable clinical information?

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Is Working as a Correctional Nurse Practitioner Safe?

Is anyone else watching Orange Is the New Black on Netflix? The show takes place in a women's prison chronicling the fictional lives of women behind bars. Having never walked through the doors of a prison myself, my misconceptions I'm sure are many. One thing that takes me by surprise while watching the show is the casual nature with which guards and inmates interact. Rarely are there shackles present, but rather inmates roam about the facility, hands free, going about their daily routines. 

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Key Guidelines for Your Nurse Practitioner Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter when you're on the hunt for a nurse practitioner job can often feel awkward and intimidating. The anguish of it might even make you reconsider your quest for a new job altogether. “Why, oh why, can’t my resume or CV be enough?”, you might ask yourself as you curl up into a ball of dread behind the computer screen. 

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How to Respond to a Nurse Practitioner Job Offer

Wrapping up interviews for nurse practitioner jobs can get a bit hairy. Perhaps you were expecting a more substantial salary that the prospective employer had in mind. Or, maybe you have interviewed for multiple positions and want to wait for other employers to have a chance to extend offers as well before accepting. In some cases, regardless of your other options, you might just need some time to think through the implications of accepting a particular position or discuss the job with family. 

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8 Questions to Show Why You're Unhappy in Your NP Job

OK, I didn't mean to make it 'quit your job' theme week here on the MidlevelU blog. But, somehow multiple posts I've worked on recently seemed to center around the topic. Just to clear the air, I am currently satisfied at work. But, there have been plenty of occasions when I've called my career as a nurse practitioner into question, or dealt with job specific dissatisfaction-causing issue. 

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Do These 8 Things After Giving Your Two Weeks Notice

The Guide to a Graceful Exit for Nurse Practitioners 

Working up the nerve to give your two weeks notice to your employer can be downright stressful and intimidating. No doubt the days leading up to handing in your resignation have been filled with worry, anxiety, and fear of the unknown. But once you are able to work up the courage and deliver your notice, an unexplainable surge of excitement and adrenaline rush through your body as you waltz out of your boss’s office on cloud nine. 

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Do You Believe Your Nurse Practitioner Bonus Will Be Paid?

One perk employers may offer to nurse practitioners is a bonus in addition to a base salary. For some NPs a bonus is an extra but not a substantial part of the compensation package. For other nurse practitioners, bonuses can potentially amount to tens of thousands of dollars each year in addition to a base salary. Despite the potential for extra cash, many nurse practitioners are skeptical of such compensation structures. Do you believe your bonus will be paid?

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Here's Why It's Tough to Find a Nurse Practitioner Job in the South

Originally from the West Coast, I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I relocated south of the Mason Dixon line. There were certainly new foods to try- grits, okra and fried pickles to name a few. Country music, a staple in Tennessee, was one of my favorite discoveries as a result of my move. The charm of the south drew me in, from rolling green hills to hot and humid summers spent at the lake. Once I made my move, I never looked back. 

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Reentering the Nurse Practitioner Workforce in 8 Not-So-Easy Steps

I often talk to nurse practitioners who have taken a few years off from their NP careers. Most commonly, family priorities are the reason for the break from the workforce. Other times, a lengthy job search turned stagnant and led to a continuation of one's RN career. Whatever your reason for taking five from life as a nurse practitioner, it's not too late to reenter the NP workforce. Before you do so, careful planning is in order. These six steps should help. 

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