MidlevelU's Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month May 2012

 

MidlevelU's Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month May 2012: University of Virginia

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Seeking Guest Bloggers!

Are you a involved in the healthcare industry?  We are seeking physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physicians, students and individuals working for healthcare related companies to share their opinions through our blog.  If you would like to write a guest blog for MidLevelU please contact us at midlevelu@midlevelu.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Nurse Practitioners Top Physicians in Patient Satisfaction

In a small survey of primary care patients in Michigan, 50% of patinets stated that they felt their doctors listened to them compared with 80% of nurse practitioners. What can we take away from this?

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What About the DNP?

You have probably heard that the requirements for getting a nurse practitoiner degree are about to change.  The ANCC published a statement recommending that all nurse practitioners be doctorally prepared and that nurse practitioner programs require nurse practitioner students to graduate with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree rather than a Master's of Nursing degree.

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MidlevelU's Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month April 2012

 

April 2012 Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month: Mississippi University for Women

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Should Nurse Practitioners Practice Independently?

 

At MidlevelU, we say yes!  Watch this news clip that aired on Fox and Friends discussing the controversy.

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Shortage of Physicians, APN's, PA's Predicted for 2025

 

An article pulished in Medscape indicates that by 2025 there will be a 15-20% "shortfall in the advanced-clinician workforce".  

What does this mean for you as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant (or prospecitve nurse practitioner or physician assistant)?  More job opportunities!  As the population and number of individuals with access to healthcare increases, the demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants will as well.  

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Must Have iPhone Apps For The Nurse Practitioner Student

When I was a nurse practitioner student we were all required to purchase a palm pilot (remember those?!) in order to have quick access to the prescription drug database epocrates.  The palm pilot was bulky, slow, difficult to use and mine was somehow always low on batteries.  Fortunately for nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students today there are an endless number of helpful apps you can download directly to your phone.  Which apps are the most helpful for nurse practitioners?  Here are our top picks (in no particular order).

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MidlevelU's Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month March 2012

MidlevelU's Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month March 2012: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers online nurse practitioner programs that can be completed by students both in Arkansas and out-of-state

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Things to Consider When Looking For a NP Program Part 2: Specialty

It can be difficult to know which nurse practitioner specialty you should choose, especially if you have limited nursing experience.  Your decision on a specialty will directly influence your choice in nurse practitioner schools as some schools offer a wide variety of nurse practitioner specialties while at others options are limited.  What specialty should you choose as a nurse practitioner student and how?  

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5 Tips on Making it Through Your Nurse Practitioner Program

 

Nurse Practitoner Programs are tough.  They are demanding of your mental and physical energy and most of all your time.  How do you make it through?

1. Make friends.  Having a few good friends in your nurse practitioner program will make a huge difference in your next few years.  You can help each other with homework, give advice about clinical sites and have someone to meet for happy hour after class!

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Things to Consider When Looking for a NP Program, Part 1: Preceptorships

Your clinical expereince and clinical preceptor can be one of the most important parts of your nurse practitioner program.  You will learn more during your hands on clinical experience than you will in the classroom.  Preceptorships are, however often a great source of frustration among students and must be considered even during the process of searching for a nurse practitioner program and applying to NP schools.

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