The NP Education Blog

From our “day in the life” series, intended to give you a feel for what it’s like to walk in the shoes of several different working nurse practitioners, to our student resource guides and professor profiles, intended to provide that little bit of extra information you need to guide your educational decision-making, this blog provides content focused on your nurse practitioner schooling and success.

Heroism in Nursing Practice: Spotlight on Family NPs
10 January 2017

Family nurse practitioners make up the largest proportion of NPs in the country.The AANP reports that 55.1 percent of the more than 220,000 licensed NPs nationwide work in the field of family health. Despite the abundant evidence that NPs provide cost-effective, quality healthcare and thrive in states with full practice authority, there’s still an ongoing fight to grant NPs professional autonomy.

Nurse Practitioner Residencies & Fellowships by Specialty
23 November 2016

Although residency programs are not required for nurse practitioners, new graduates pursue them to enhance their abilities, strengthen their resume, or learn a new subspecialty. Often the term ‘residency’ refers to programs designed to improve skills and prepare for board certification, while a ‘fellowship’ is designed to teach a subspecialty. Nurse practitioner residencies and fellowships are becoming increasingly popular as hospitals attempt to attract top talent. Here you’ll find a list of nurse practitioner residencies organized by specialty.

NP Continuing Education: General CME, plus CE by Specialty
21 September 2016

To maintain their licensure and certifications, nurse practitioners must complete a certain amount of continuing medication education (CME). Your requirements may be anywhere from 20 to 100 hours per year with up to 25 percent of those dedicated specifically to pharmacology. After you determine your individual requirements, the next step is to find the best resource. This article offers a comprehensive list of places to find high-quality evidence-based CME designed for nurse practitioners.

NP Scope of Practice, Independent Practice, and Prescriptive Authority
08 September 2016

Nurse practitioner Dr. Melissa DeCapua discusses the present and future of independent practice and prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners.

PTSD: A Primer for Nurse Practitioners
26 August 2016

An introduction to PTSD for nurse practitioners and nursing students by psychiatric NP, Dr. Melissa DeCapua.

Nurse Practitioner Requirements
22 July 2016

There are many pathways to become a nurse practitioner, for nurses and non-nurses alike. Learn about the nurse practitioner program requirements for each pathway, as well as recertification requirements for current nurse practitioners who wish to continue practicing in a particular specialty area.

List of National, International & State Nurse Practitioner Associations
20 July 2016

Last year, over 15,000 nurse practitioner (NP) students graduated and joined this elite group of healthcare professionals. As an NP, you have the opportunity to join national, international, and state organizations that support your professional journey and fight for your rights at the capitol. This post offers a comprehensive list of these organizations. Joining and contributing to these organizations is the responsibility of every NP student and professional.

Day in the Life of a Nurse Practitioner Student
01 July 2016

See what it is really like to be an NP student in this fun, visual walkthrough of psychiatric nurse practitioner school, from Dr. Melissa DeCapua.

Day in the Life of an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner (OGNP)
24 June 2016

Learn about the rewards, challenges, and day-to-day activities of an OB/GYN nurse practitioner (OGNP) and get an inside perspective from a working NP.

Day in the Life of a Holistic Nurse Practitioner
11 May 2016

Learn about holistic nurse practitioner education, specialization, and the day to day demands of incorporating alternative modalities into practice.