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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

    My experiences with patients have been very positive since I have come into practice. Most are able to communicate their complaints effectively and some may even tell you exactly what antibiotic they want, or what they believe their diagnosis to be. On occasion they may ask for things that are clinically inappropriate and at times may make my ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on September 8, 2014
  • NPs as PCPs

    Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) first made headlines, a frequent topic in the media has been the shortage of primary care providers (PCPs) to accommodate the influx of newly insured patients. At the time of its implementation, it was estimated that there would be a shortfall of 45,000 to 60,000 PCPs to provide care for the millions of newly ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on August 27, 2014
  • Those little things

    There are days in practice that the hours go by without you realizing it. Patients are in and out quickly, you work hard to complete your charting and tasks become second nature. Then, certain patients come in and make you smile with the things that they say, the mannerisms they exhibit or the way they look at you. Children are the most honest, ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • Precept to Perm

    I'm seeing a new trend taking hold - it's called ''precept to perm.'' It is hardly a new idea, but it has been given an official name, causing it to trend and become more common. If you are a student, you might have already encountered this phenomenon. If you are a seasoned clinician looking for a new position, it could impact your job search, as ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
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