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Welcome to the ADVANCE for NPs & PAs blogs, part of the Healthcare POV: Blog and Forum Community from ADVANCE. Our blogs offer posts covering timely questions, advice and opinions about nurse practitioners and physician assistants, including career issues, education information, and help for new and student NPs and PAs. A list of our most active posts keeps you abreast of the latest discussions. We tag posts by topic so you can easily find posts that interest you. You can also edit your profile to make it uniquely your own to interact with your colleagues on the blogs. We look forward to hearing your voice.
October 24, 2016 8:39 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

NP students frequently ask me if there is anything they can do before graduation to help prepare for their first job. I assume they are looking for the usual "job-search advice," because they seem somewhat surprised when I ...

October 19, 2016 9:36 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Permanent makeup, or microblading, for eyebrows has become an increasingly popular form of cosmetic tattooing
October 18, 2016 8:52 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

I have had a most awesome week! The 9th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in Baltimore, held October 5-7, just concluded, and I was in attendance. The theme "Transforming Healthcare Through Collaboration" perfectly describes what DNPs are doing every day. In fact, the opening presentation ...

October 10, 2016 9:49 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

A potential employer is the only audience your résumé needs to impress. Not your instructors, not your colleagues, and not your mother. If your résumé doesn't pass this test, it has not been written properly, and improperly written résumés don't get interviews. No interview = no job.

Poorly written résumés generally share a few key characteristics that cause the applicant to be passed over. These are common mistakes ...

October 5, 2016 9:23 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Intimate lightening is the process of improving the cosmetic appearance of the skin surrounding the vulva, groin, upper inner thighs, and anal area. As aesthetic procedures


By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Melanoma is the most lethal of all the skin cancers. It is estimated that melanoma kills 10,130 people annually in the United States. Many of these deaths could be easily prevented ...

September 26, 2016 8:58 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Job searching has evolved. Where we go to find a new job is not the same as it was even a year ago. It's tough to keep up with the trends. If you haven't changed jobs for several years, you're going to find out that the ...

September 21, 2016 10:10 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Special events stimulate excitement and anxiety not only for the obvious bride and groom but also for those intimately involved, such as the parents of the bride and groom. Many have not seen family members or acquaintances for years and will usually meet new family members, and they want to look their best.

Patients who present for pre-wedding rejuvenation want to look better but are usually reserved with fears ...

September 16, 2016 8:45 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

At the start of this school year, I am contemplating the DNP Essentials. As a DNP, how are you using the knowledge and skills acquired through your DNP coursework to impact healthcare outcomes? When was the last time you read the DNP Essentials and thought about how the DNP Essentials can provide ...

September 12, 2016 9:36 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Labor Day seems like an appropriate time to take stock of the current state of where we are as a profession. During the last few years, we have made great strides. Nurse practitioners have full ...

September 7, 2016 8:42 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Peri-orbital vascular lesions distract from the beauty of a person's eyes. Our genes are to blame for the most part. The presence of red or green vascular lesions under the eyes gives the appearance of dark circles, which makes an individual look tired or older and can affect ...


By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Last month we discussed Seborrheic keratosis (SK)-those rough growths that develop on the skin of people who are becoming more mature. In-office treatments were reviewed, and now this month we will evaluate some home remedies that will help with these ...

August 31, 2016 8:37 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

The embarrassment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) affects approximately more than 7 million individuals, and 4 million individuals suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis. Patients who suffer from excessive sweating have searched for relief, feeling frustrated with various antiperspirants, prescription topical solutions and medications. ...

August 22, 2016 8:37 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

No one wants their dream job to turn into a nightmare. My recruiting days were spent listening to NPs who were frustrated and wanted out of their current position. Salary and benefits weren't the problem; the problem was literally the workplace itself. They told me stories of toxic workplace ...

August 17, 2016 8:45 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Fat bulging around the bra, in the front, back or around the arm pits, can be fashionably limiting to many women. This contributes to multiple wardrobe changes and frustration prior to an event. 

Lifestyle and genetics play a role in the way fat pockets are distributed in the body. Even people within their ideal weight have pockets of fat they can pinch and would love to eliminate or reduce. Bra fat happens ...

August 12, 2016 8:34 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

How much do you know about full practice authority (FPA)? As NPs, we have state and federal laws and regulations that govern our practice. As we prepare for fall elections and legislative sessions in the new year, we all need to consider our ability to practice to the full extent of our education and training.

I live in Virginia. If you look at the AANP State Practice Environment map (AANP, 2016), Virginia is a ...

August 8, 2016 8:55 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

What's the first thing that comes in to your mind when I say the words "dream job?" I would venture to say your initial thoughts will go in the direction of pay, hours or perhaps location. If I gave you a few minutes more to ponder, you would likely add some other elements such as the patient population you will be serving, the number of patients you have to see per day and perhaps no call duties.

Now this is where ...


By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP

Over the years, I have seen many people in the office asking about crusty Seborrheic keratosis (SK). These scaly, popular, bumpy growths occur on most people who are middle-aged or older. They are odd looking, with varying colors and configurations. Scale can come off them, and they frequently catch on clothing and get irritated. When I first started working in dermatology, ...

July 26, 2016 8:10 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

A large and reputable healthcare organization in our community has recently added a footnote to all posted NP job openings, declaring they will no longer hire new grads from "certain programs." The excluded programs are not named, but you will find a very short statement that refers to "proprietary online" schools this employer feels do not meet the standards of their healthcare organization. 

I can't ...

July 20, 2016 8:19 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Psychological observational studies have consistently revealed that it takes only a few seconds to form an impression of a stranger from their facial appearance. Within a few seconds, impressions of personality traits and age are made.

Men and women with thinning hair or patterns of baldness are perceived to be older. Hair loss greatly impacts self-image, self-esteem, body image satisfaction and well-being. Hair ...

July 15, 2016 8:35 AM by Rebecca Bates of DNP Discussions

Have you thought about how you're using your DNP in your practice? As I write this, a small group of us from my DNP graduating class are finalizing our first state DNP conference. We recognized that we have a national organization, Doctors of Nursing Practice, but our state had no such networking organization. Over the past year, we have created ...

July 11, 2016 2:20 PM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

There are some things you just shouldn't do during your interview. Negotiating is at the top of the list. If there is anything that will make you radioactive, it would be trying to pre-negotiate the duties or terms of the open position. Some career advisors will tell you if you can't find a position you like or that suits your interests, then you should apply for an opening that is somewhat like the job you ...

July 6, 2016 8:42 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Platelet rich plasma (PRP)  has been popularized in sports medicine by injured star athletes. PRP is used to augment the body's natural healing response. Supraphysiologic concentrations of platelet rich plasma are used to facilitate tissue repair, relieve symptoms of pain and improve function by modulating inflammation of injured tendons, ligaments and joints. 

Several fields of medicine, including wound ...

June 15, 2016 12:27 PM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Dear Career Coach: I need some coaching to help me find the right NP job. I graduated with my MSN in 2012 and am currently working, but I am having difficulty due to not getting what I needed in my graduate program. I am also a certified diabetes educator and would ideally like to combine my extensive experience in diabetes education with an NP role. I need a lot of guidance and clinical support in ...

June 7, 2016 7:41 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

The aesthetic industry has catered primarily to women, but a growing percentage of men are entering the aesthetic world every year. Men are spending more money on their appearance, as evidenced by increasing sales of grooming products for men and a greater number of aesthetic procedures purchased by men. Age-related concerns, wanting to stay competitive in the professional world, relationships and social media drive ...



The ADVANCE for NPs & PAs blog offers analysis of and links to NP and PA professional issues and current healthcare events.

If you're looking for your dream job or just want to know what's out there for NPs today, start here with the expert advice of nurse practitioners who specialize in placing NPs in good jobs.

DNPs and DNP students will share their experience with the doctor of nursing practice.

What are the latest trends in aesthetics? Our bloggers share their insight and experiences in this growing specialty.

Interested in dermatology or challenged by skin presentations in your practice setting? Dermatology Practice Today examines issues in skin care and skin disease.

NADNP serves as a resource and supports all NPs with an interest in dermatology.