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Why Nurse Practitioners Train on the Backs of Physicians

By Guest Author Lynn McComas, DNP, ANP-C

“Nurse practitioner (NP) education is seriously underfunded. The profession is attempting to saddle private physicians with this cost.”

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How Likely are You to Pass the Emergency NP Certification Exam?

If you haven't heard, there's a (relatively) new specialty certification out there for nurse practitioners. Starting in 2017, the AANPCB began to offer a certification exam for emergency nurse practitioners. This exam is available to NPs who have either completed an emergency NP program at their university, or FNPs who have experience working in the emergency department. 

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Do Employers Look at Your GPA for a Nurse Practitioner Job?

If you're a nurse practitioner student this year, finals season is probably looming on the horizon. The pressure to study is mounting and anxiety-filled review sessions are imminent. But, will all the stress really matter once you've graduated and are looking for your first nurse practitioner job? How much do employers really care about your grades?

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What Percentage of AGNPs Pass the Certification Exam?

It's clearly certification season for spring nurse practitioner graduates so we're discussing certification stats here at MidlevelU this week. The certification exam is a source of anxiety (understandably) for nurse practitioner new grads. Some insight as to what to expect with the NP certification exam can help. 

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How Many NPs Pass the AANPCB's FNP Certification Exam?

If you've recently graduated from your nurse practitioner program, you've probably got one thing on your mind - certification. And, you should. Once finals are over and you're about to receive your diploma, the next best step to take as a new grad is to get certified. This will be essential for continuing your job search and securing employment. Just how likely are you to pass the family nurse practitioner certification exam?

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Your Nurse Practitioner Residency Questions, Answered

Good morning! Whew - is anyone else still recovering from Memorial Day weekend? On the upside, it's great to be getting into the swing of summertime. On the downside, I'm two cups of coffee in and still rubbing my sleepy eyes. Does anyone else feel the same? One of my activities for the day is planning our next Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info webinar...more to come on this. I love connecting with nurse practitioners and NP students looking to make next steps in their careers and the upcoming info session will be no exception. 

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Should you pay off your student loans early?

Student loans are a great option for nurse practitioners who need assistance paying for their education. In some cases, it may be the only way to do so. Most have low-interest rates and affordable monthly payments spread out over a long period of time. There are also a plethora of options for making repayment more manageable. But even if the terms are easy to meet and the maturity date isn’t for another thirty years, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to pay them off as quickly as possible. By the same token, ensuring a quick payoff doesn’t mean you should sacrifice saving money each month either. So which is the priority, paying off your loans faster or building up your savings account?

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Why Your Preceptor is Failing You as a NP Student

...and Why You Should Think Differently About It 

I had an interesting conversation with a nurse practitioner student the other day. She was disappointed in her assigned preceptor. She felt like her preceptor didn't give her much autonomy in patient care and took little time to explain what she was doing and how she was making decisions. I find that dissatisfaction with preceptors is common among NP students. As an experienced NP helping out new grads, I've also seen the other side of the equation. 

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Attention NJ New Grads: NP Residency Opportunity

Alright, you don't have to be from New Jersey to apply for this nurse practitioner residency opportunity. If you're an NP (or soon-to-be) looking for an East Coast opportunity, we just might have the right fit for you. The facility offering this residency opportunity in New Jersey is looking for a new grad motivated to provide community-based, affordable and accessible health services to an underserved population. 

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Do Review Courses Actually Help You Prepare for the NP Certification Exam?

If your nurse practitioner program is wrapping up this spring or summer, you're probably (at least you should be) starting to think about your study strategy for the NP certification exam. How much and for how long will you study? When can you fit study sessions in between work and classes? Will you purchase review books? Practice tests? Or, is attending an in-person review session in order?

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4 Unexpected Sources of New Grad Anxiety

Hey, hey nurse practitioner new grads - congratulations are in order. Becoming a nurse practitioner is no easy feat and, well, you did it! While you may be donning your cap and gown this month, stress and anxiety don't go away as you walk down the steps of your university one last time (good riddance nursing school!). In fact, your worries may be just beginning. 

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Application Deadline Approaching!

Have you thought about next steps following your nurse practitioner school graduation this spring? Or, maybe you finished your NP program this spring and are still trying to figure out what your first move as a newly minted nurse practitioner will be? If you've already graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program in 2019, a residency or fellowship is a great way to build a clinical foundation for the rest of your career. 

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