7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Nurse Practitioner Education

Prepared or not, your nurse practitioner education is going to cost you thousands of dollars. So, making decisions about how you plan to become an NP shouldn't be taken lightly. Putting some extra research and effort in on the front-end of your education could save you thousands of dollars of hard earned money later. Here are a few tips and tricks for managing the cost of your nurse practitioner education. 

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8 Signs You're Accepting the Wrong Nurse Practitioner Job

Sometimes in your nurse practitioner career you hit that point where you're desperate to accept a job. Maybe you're a new graduate and it seems that every employer in your area requires experience. So, you're willing to accept whatever position comes your way. Or, maybe you are currently working in a bad situation. Your desperation to leave has you willing to sign just about any employment agreement that lands on your desk. Before you compromise, think about your decision carefully. 

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MMU Application Update: When to Apply to Our NP Residency

What are your post-graduation plans? If you're a nurse practitioner or physician assistant wrapping up your program in 2017, there's a lot to consider. Not only must you take your certification exam and apply for a license, you'll also need to find a job (of course!). Landing your first NP or PA position can be tricky. In some locations, employers are hesitant to hire new grads. Other facilities lack valuable support systems to onboard new providers as they continue to grow clinically. For these reasons, new NPs and PAs are increasingly turning to residencies. 

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Does Working as a Nurse Practitioner Give You 'Death Anxiety'?

Seated over a candle-lit dinner on the beach in Aruba a few months ago, I admitted to my husband that I have a suspicion I may die in my 40's from some horrible accident or cancer diagnosis. I don't dwell on this, but feel acutely aware of it's possibility. My grandfather lived to be 103 so most people assume that I will be somewhere around 120 years old when I throw in the towel. But, my experiences in the emergency department (and my love for raw cookie dough and red wine...) leave me unconvinced at times. 

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Protect Your Practice with These 5 Social Media Guidelines

Social media can be a beneficial tool for nurse practitioners; providing a way for NPs to not only connect and network with others from the medical community but to seek and gain support from friends, family and other peers after a long day of seeing patients. Not to mention, who doesn’t love the convenience of keeping up with friends and family with a quick scroll through your newsfeed during some well deserved downtime? While it may seem like all fun and games, posting the wrong thing on social media has the potential to seriously harm your career as a nurse practitioner.

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Weekend Wrap Up 2.24.17

Hey, hey, it's Friday! What are you all up to this weekend? The weather is fantastic here in Nashville this late February morning. So, I'm looking forward to some patio sitting tonight - perhaps over chips, guac and a margarita... What's getting you through the workday? If you're prematurely in weekend mode, pass the time by checking out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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A Pharmacist's Top Drug Resource Recommendations for NPs & PAs

This week, nurse practitioners in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class sat in on a presentation from pharmacist Dr. Jon Pouliot about medication interactions in the primary care setting. With so many of our patients taking multiple medications, it can be tough as NPs and PAs to keep track of interaction considerations, as well as drug side effects and dosages. So, helpfully, Dr. Pouliot ended the presentation by suggesting a few practical resources nurse practitioners and physician assistants can use for prescribing. 

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Medical Translation App Essentials for Nurse Practitioners

Do you encounter language barriers in your work as a nurse practitioner? As NPs, we care for patients of diverse backgrounds. To get to the root of the problem, it's most helpful to communicate in the patient's native language. When this doesn't occur, valuable information can be lost. Not to mention, federal law requires that healthcare facilities that receive federal funding offer language services to patients who need them. 

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3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Physician Assistant Program

If you've decided to become a physician assistant, the next step in starting your career is to choose a PA program. With hundreds of physician assistant programs across the country, how do you determine which schools will prepare you best for your future?

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How to Present a Patient to Your Preceptor with Style

Oh the dread! If you're a nurse practitioner student going through a tough round of clinicals, one cause of your education-related anxiety is likely presenting patients to your preceptor. Summing up a patient in a brief on-the-fly presentation is tricky. Although you've written plenty of SOAP notes, nurse practitioner students often struggle with communicating this kind of information verbally. So, how do you neatly package your next patient encounter and deliver the message in a svelte manner? 

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Overwhelmed? How I Cope as a Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners at any level of experience can become overwhelmed with their jobs. Increasing patient volumes may challenge even the most efficient NP. Complex clinical cases can be difficult for new grad nurse practitioners to digest. And, starting a new position involving the navigation of different staffing structures and an unfamiliar EHR system can be downright difficult. So, what do you do when your nurse practitioner job becomes overwhelming?

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Washington's Teeth and Lincoln's 'Melancholia': Health Problems of U.S. Presidents

The public image of (most of) our nation's leaders is so skillfully upheld that we often think them immune to common medical issues. Did you ever seen Obama smoke in public? Or deliver a televised speech with a nasally voice while suffering from the common cold? I didn't. It turns out that many of our country's leaders have endured some serious health scares, often in secret.

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