Urgent Care NP Residency Opportunities

A new option with MMU!

Most participants in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU), our residency-like NP program, match with primary care facilities to help take their clinical skills to the next level post-graduation. This week, we're excited to announce that MMU now has the option to match with urgent care facilities in the southeast (TN, LA, KY, MS). If you're a Family Nurse Practitioner new grad (or soon to be) and are interested in the urgent care setting, the program is a fantastic opportunity to do your first year of clinical practice with in-clinic support as well as a didactic curriculum packed with practical, actionable clinical information. 

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3 Dermatology Certifications for Nurse Practitioners

NP degrees are awarded for broad specialties, but for nurse practitioners with focused interests, seeking specialty certification outside of academia can be a beneficial career move. This not only demonstrates a commitment to your specialty but also show patients and prospective employers that you have achieved a certain skill set or level of knowledge. Earlier, we looked at cardiology certifications for NPs. Today, we will tackle derm. 

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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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