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  • Welcome to the PA/NP Universe!

    This month, thousands of PA and NP students are just getting started on their journey. Most PA programs begin in June or August and many students are gearing up for the craziest two years of their career thus far. I am 2 years in and graduate in December and August is a great time to reflect on what I've learned so far and what I tell ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 14, 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
  • 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 – NP Residencies, Practice Barriers, Salary, Election

    ADVANCE for NPs & PAs staff is bracing for Hurricane Sandy near Philadelphia, Pa. today, and we wish the best to all those along the East coast who are suffering from the storm's damage. Across the country, NPs and PAs are still heating up our communities with the latest in healthcare. On our article ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 29, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – NPs & Nurse Veterans, New PA Organization, Primary Care

    Have you visited our blogs lately? Last week, new NPs and nurse veterans battled on the value of floor experience. Our NP & PA Student blogger Terry Clarke, currently enrolled in a fast track NP program, expressed his views on what experienced nurses have going for them and what they still have to learn. Here are a few of the comments your ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 22, 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
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – Orthopedics, Patient-Written Practice Reviews, Job Opportunities

    Last week, readers commented on two of our recent orthopedic articles. In response to ''After Your Patient's Knee Replacement,'' reader Thomas said, ''Nice article Jennifer - I had my TKR in 2010 and you described my overall experience quite well. Patients do really tend to forget that they lost their joint mobility slowly over a sustained time ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 17, 2012
  • A Time to Talk

    When a friend calls to me from the road And slows his horse to a meaning walk, I don't stand still and look around On all the hills I haven't hoed, And shout from where I am, What is it? No, not as there is a time to talk. I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground, Blade-end up and five feet tall, And plod: I go up to the stone wall For a friendly ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 10, 2012
  • Onward and Upward

    Terry Clarke, student nurse here. I am in an accelerated nurse practitioner program at UMASS Worcester. We just finished our year-long RN BSN equivalency. I've been feeling like a hand-stamped 18-year-old at a bar, able to join the conversations but not order a beer. As my NCLEX draws nigh, I finally feel competent to write about this experience. ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 20, 2012
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