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  • S.O.S: Need Patience as a Virtue!

    The last few weeks have been a harsh lesson in patience and letting go. I am the type of person who likes to be in charge of my own fate and like to have clear deadlines and goals. While applying for the various licenses and staff privileges that are necessary in order for me to start work, I have also needed a lesson in how to trust the ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on November 7, 2013
  • The Lull Between RN and NP

    All required packets have been submitted to their respective entities. My immune system has been prepped with a TDAP booster, influenza vaccine and PPD administration. Drug screen was completed and now I have to do what I do not do best: wait. To keep my mind busy I have been cranking out the hours in the ER as an RN and have also been ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on October 25, 2013
  • Pass or Fail?

    Greetings from the happiest place on earth: Disney World. When I planned this trip months ago it was meant to be a celebration trip and thank you to my family for sticking through the last 2 years of NP school. In my mind I would have passed my school's comprehensive exam and the national boards. Just a few weeks ago I panicked, again ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on October 10, 2013
  • Transitioning Into the World of a New NP

    As I sit here to compose my first blog post as a new graduate, I am feeling a bit bittersweet. The last two years have been long, adventurous, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. Now it is time to regroup and make my post-graduation plans. This past weekend I attended a board review class and as I sat there, I realized that ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on September 13, 2013
  • Bring It On!

    The time has come! I've passed boards, obtained my state license and I am scheduled to have ''temporary privileges'' at my facility next week! This is such an exciting time for my family and me! We've worked so hard for so many years and this is it. The really amusing thing? I opened the mail a couple of weeks ago when my license came through ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on March 14, 2013
  • Facing the Boards

    I really felt prepared. I had done a review course by a company that claims a pass rate of 99%. I had also studied a very well-known study guide, in addition to listening to 2 sets of CDs (one of them for the last year!). I then took 2 ''predictor'' examinations with decent scores that were predictive of me passing Boards. My morning was ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on January 17, 2013
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – NP Week, NP/PA Education

    Happy NP Week 2012! This year, we are recognizing nurse practitioners across the country with the AANP theme, ''Your Partner in Health.'' We'd love to know what your facility is doing to celebrate. Send your photos and stories of your festivities to kwolfgang@advanceweb.com to be featured in our Comments & Feedback column online and in print. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on November 12, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – Election, AANP-ACNP Merger, Webinars, CE/CME

    With the election just one day away, political reporting is at a fever pitch. At ADVANCE, we have compiled extensive coverage of healthcare's role in the election. If you haven't done so yet, browse our articles for some last-minute information on the candidates and more. We will also be compiling your reactions to the election results. If you'd ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on November 5, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – Facebook Fans, Presidential Election, NP Students, Expansion of the PA Profession

    Our ADVANCE for NPs & PAs community is always growing and providing better feedback every week. Our social media goal this week is to hit 2,000 fans on Facebook. We're only 28 ''likes'' away! If you're not already following us, make sure to check out our page and let us know what you think. If you are, share our page with your colleagues and ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 15, 2012
  • Students vs. The Nurse Veteran

    In an accelerated NP program, newly-minted nurses often find themselves in graduate-level classes with people who have been in the profession for most of their lives. I just passed the NCLEX two weeks ago -- hang on -- I can't hold it in. Hire me! I'm great! Anyone in the central Mass. area looking for a new grad Murse with a background in ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 15, 2012
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