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Out-of-the-Box Options for Nurse Practitioners
February 6, 2017 2:43 PM by Renee Dahring
Dear NP Career Coach: I am a board certified NP and am looking to discover some "out of the box" options for NPs. This would include non-patient care options, and I thought that perhaps you may be able to provide some additional insight. Any information Read More...
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Become More Searchable to Future Employers
January 23, 2017 12:37 PM by Renee Dahring
Every day there are new employers who are searching for you online . Yes, even right now they are looking for someone with your skills and experience. If you are actively searching for a new job everyday online or you belong to the vast majority of NPs Read More...
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Negotiating the Employment Contract
December 19, 2016 11:15 AM by Renee Dahring
Negotiating an employment contract doesn't have to be a battle. If you feel as if you are about to engage in an adversarial process, then you are approaching it all wrong. Employment contracts shouldn't be viewed from a perspective that leads to a winner Read More...
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Social Media: A Job Hunting Wildcard
December 12, 2016 1:01 PM by Renee Dahring
You might be surprised what impressions an employer may form about you just by looking at your social media postings. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that your employer (or potential employer) is even looking at your online postings at all. Checking Read More...
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Can We Change Culture through Full Practice Authority?
November 28, 2016 10:31 AM by Renee Dahring
We have been focusing our attention on restrictive laws and practice agreements, but they are only one method the establishment uses to hold us back. Many of us who practice in states that have enacted full practice authority have come to realize that Read More...
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Filling in Résumé 'Gaps'
November 7, 2016 8:31 AM by Renee Dahring
Dear Career Coach: I am an NP, but I have not worked in 2 years. How can I get back into the workforce ? Dear Reader: You are not alone! Your question is one that I am asked with some regularity. I have a number of thoughts and a few points to share that Read More...
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Enjoying Your NP School Years
October 24, 2016 8:39 AM by Renee Dahring
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 tell them what they are doing Read More...
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The Power of the Résumé
October 10, 2016 9:49 AM by Renee Dahring
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. Read More...
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The Importance of Joining Organizations
September 12, 2016 9:36 AM by Renee Dahring
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 practice authority in almost half the states in the US. Not Read More...
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How to Find the Right Job for You
August 22, 2016 8:37 AM by Renee Dahring
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. Read More...
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Re-evaluating the ‘Dream Job’
August 8, 2016 8:55 AM by Renee Dahring
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 Read More...
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Ups and Downs of an Online Program
July 26, 2016 8:10 AM by Renee Dahring
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 Read More...
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It's OK for New NPs to Need Guidance!
June 15, 2016 12:27 PM by Renee Dahring
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 Read More...
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Thinking Bigger
June 1, 2016 8:21 AM by Renee Dahring
As I follow legislative and policy issues I see a theme. I call it the "I'll have what they are having!" approach. In addition to working toward full practice authority, we put a great deal of effort into making sure that existing policy law is inclusive Read More...
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Job Market Update
May 18, 2016 9:04 AM by Renee Dahring
We are halfway through 2016 and I figured you might be ready for a little market update. Let's look at a few trends. Market Strength Generally speaking, the job outlook remains quite strong. There are plenty of job openings and most folks seeking a job Read More...
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