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  • How to Find the Right Job for You

    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 cultures, horrendous work expectations and miserable ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on August 22, 2016
  • Ups and Downs of an Online Program

    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 ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 26, 2016
  • Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

    The deadline for this blog snuck up on me. The last two weeks of my personal life have been very, very busy, and Christmas is just around the corner. Since my last blog posting, I have found out that I was not accepted for the second fellowship position, either. This was very disappointing to me, as I felt the interview went well and I was a good ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on December 22, 2014
  • Interview Questions

    I've conducted many interviews over the years and can tell you that nothing sinks an otherwise successful interview faster than the candidate who asks no questions. Many candidates seem to feel it is acceptable when asked if they have questions to answer with ''no, I think you answered them all''. Really? You want to commit to spending most of ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 11, 2014
  • Eat Your Young Or Teach Your Young?

    Last weekend I went to a fantastic pediatric conference and one of the talks was on preceptoring and how to be successful as a preceptor. During this talk they also gave a plethora of encouragement for NPs to become preceptors and asked those that had been preceptors to raise their hand...only about a quarter of the room raised their hand. This ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on November 26, 2014
  • Celebrating NP Week!

    Nurse Practitioner Week is November 9-15, 2014 and as of 2014, there are more than 192,000 NPs in the US. That's up from 140,000 in 2010 - a huge jump that is expected to rise to 244,000 by 2025! Since I first entered my master's NP program, I have been involved with my local chapter of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners. I have had so ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on November 10, 2014
  • Recording Dates

    Time flies and memory fades. Remember that Seinfeld episode where the character lost one old piece of information in order to make room for every new piece of information learned? At least I think it was Seinfeld, I can't remember for sure... I'm sure you have all had the experience of filling out a job application and found yourself struggling ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
  • Five Strategies to Sabotage Your Next Job

    Here are some sure ways to sabotage your next position while job hunting: Applying for a new job until you are clear about what it would take for you to leave your present job. Employers hate fishing expeditions. Before you start sending out applications ask yourself what it will take for you to make the move. Is it salary or schedule? What ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 8, 2014
  • The Practical Doctorate in Other Health Disciplines

    Since I seem to have lost a host of readers last post in my discussion of what we can learn from history, I will proceed with... more lessons from history. Never fear, I expect the next couple posts will be about nurse entrepreneurship, which seems to garner more enthusiasm.  As philosopher George Santayana said, ''Those who cannot remember ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on October 3, 2014
  • BSN to DNP

    BSN nurses are getting DNP degrees. What do you think about this? Personally, I am not happy about this fact. I have had my BSN since 1987 and my MSN since 1992. I don't think that a nurse who has had their BSN for only 5 years should be getting the same degree, a DNP, as I am getting when I complete this program. In trying to rationalize ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on September 10, 2014
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