Decoding Nurse Practitioner Specialty Grey Areas

How do you choose the right specialty?

Even if you're confident in the setting in which you plan to work, choosing a nurse practitioner specialty is a major gray area. There's significant overlap between broader NP specialties, which can be confusing for students planning to further their nursing education. If you want to work as a hospitalist nurse practitioner, for example, should you choose the family, acute care, or adult NP specialty? If your dream is to work in the emergency department, is family or acute care the right path towards achieving your dreams?

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Where are Physician Assistant Salaries Decreasing?

Over the past several weeks here on MidlevelU, we've been looking at the latest salary trends for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Depending on the location where you practice, compensation can vary significantly if you're an NP or PA. Cost of living, the job market and scope of practice laws in your state are just a few of the factors affecting pay. Last week we checked out states where physician assistant salaries have increased more than $10K. But, where is compensation for PAs decreasing?

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How to Build Your Nurse Practitioner Professional Network

For nurse practitioners, building a professional network can seem insignificant. As a matter of fact, you may even believe you dodged the networking bullet by choosing a profession in healthcare. Business lunches and happy hour mixers - who has time for those?! However professional networking shouldn’t be overlooked by NPs who value their careers and have aspirations to continue advancing in their profession. 

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The NP's Guide to Getting Organized for Back to School

If you’re planning to start your nurse practitioner program this year, getting organized before the fall semester revs up can make all the difference in setting you up for success right off the bat. Not to mention, organizing yourself before your program starts can help you get a grip on balancing school, work and family life before it has time to get out of whack. Here are five ways to get organized for back to school.

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5 Elements of Company Culture to Find in Your Next NP Job

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, factors to consider when searching for your next nurse practitioner position is company culture. Just what exactly is company culture and why is it important, you might ask? Simply put, company culture is the personality of the organization; a system of shared assumptions, values and beliefs which guide the behaviors and interactions between the employees and management.

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