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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Pay Growing Faster for Nurse Practitioners Than Physicians

Medscape published an article in 2010 comparing salaries for nurse practitioners and physicians. In short:

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Nurse Practitioners and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act promises to insure 32 million more Americans.  Where will these individuals receive their medical care?  Julie Fairman, writing for the New England Journal of Medicine, believes that nurse practitioners are not only the solution to the shortage of primary care providers but that nurse practitioner's scope of practice must be expanded from it's current model.

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Nurse Practitioner Program Online or On Campus?

There are endless options for students seeking a nurse practitioner degree.  What are the benefits and drawbacks of online nurse practitioner programs?  Is an online or campus based nurse practitioner program the best option for you?

Benefits of Online Nurse Practitioner Programs:

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How Do I Choose My Nurse Practitioner Specialty?

Choosing your nurse practitioner program specialty is important as it will direct your career.  What do you choose?

If you are already working in nursing, think about your experience and what types of patients you like working with the most.  Do you like working with children, adults, elderly or a mix?  Do you enjoy being really good at one thing or do you like to see a wide variety of patients?  Would you rather work in a hospital or in a clinic setting?

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Action Plan- How to Become a Nurse Practitioner

So, you have decided you are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner.  What are the next steps you should take?

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Good News for Midlevel Providers

A 2011 CDC publication finds that the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants is on the rise in outpatient medical clinics.  The percentage of outpatient medical visits that were handled by a nurse practitioner or physician alone rose from 10% in 2000-2001 to 15% in 2008-2009.  In general medicine clinics, 21% of patients were seen by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant alone.  

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Why the Term Mid-Level?

Academia takes offense to the term mid-level and surely some practicing nurse practitioners and physician assistants do as well.  But, let's be honest- it is what we are!

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