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.

Guide to Evidence-Based Nursing Practice for NPs
28 March 2016

Every year, nurse practitioners provide health care for millions of individuals across the world. We use our expert knowledge to cure the sick. But where does this knowledge come from, and how do we know that it is right? The answer to that question lies in the realm of evidence-based practic informed by nursing science, epistemology, and philosophy.

How to Write the Perfect Nurse Practitioner School Personal Statement
23 March 2016

The personal statement is one of the most important parts of your nurse practitioner school application. In this post, Dr. Melissa DeCapua, a nurse practitioner and DNP graduate, explains how to write a successful essay. From building an outline to addressing your “red flags,” this article offers a comprehensive guide to crafting a perfect personal statement.

Day in the Life of a Consultation-Liaison PMHNP
08 March 2016

Working as a consultation-liaison psychiatric nurse practitioner was by far the most dynamic and challenging clinical job I have ever held. I treated conditions I thought I would only ever read about. I faced some of the darkest, strangest, most peculiar moments of my career. Through this post, I would like to introduce you to the field of psychosomatic medicine, and compel even the only slightly curious to seek out this unique and rewarding psychiatric subspecialty.

21 Trends for Nurse Practitioners to Monitor in 2016
11 January 2016

In 2016, healthcare providers are on the frontlines of immense innovation and growth. Nurse practitioners welcome great change in the form of skyrocketing salaries and increased autonomy. Healthcare reform, while still in its infancy, is turning arcane delivery philosophies into unprecedented care models that improve outcomes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. The health technology industry, now worth billions of dollars, continues to develop ever-shocking inventions that were in the realm of science fiction only a few years ago.

Interview with Dr. Lisa Chappell, Associate Dean of Family Nursing at FNU
05 January 2016

Dr. Chappell, Associate Dean of Family Nursing at Frontier Nursing University, discusses FNU’s online family nurse practitioner programs.

Interview: Dr. Tonya Nicholson
23 December 2015

Learn about the history, success, and future of Frontier Nursing University's online nurse-midwifery programs from Dr. Tonya Richardson, FNU's Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women's Health.

5 Reasons to Become a Nurse Practitioner
10 November 2015

Across the United States, this week is National Nurse Practitioner Week, and there are many reasons why someone might want to become a nurse practitioner: from the intellectual challenge to the ability to save lives. This post outlines five reasons why you might want to pursue a rewarding career as a nurse practitioner.

Nurse Practitioner School Interview Guide
08 October 2015

Incredibly selective, nurse practitioner schools only have a limited number of open spots. An interview provides the opportunity to stand out from a large pool of highly-skilled applicants. While this type of interview closely resembles a job interview, there are a few unique nuances.

20 Outstanding Professors of Women's Health Nursing
13 July 2015

From the intricacies of the female reproductive cycle, the physical stresses of childbirth and pregnancy, and the menopausal process, women's health nursing requires in-depth specified knowledge of such a large scope. Here are 20 women's health nursing professors who are helping to define the WHNP specialization, and teach the next generation of nurse practitioners to carry it forward.

Interview with Phyllis Kupsick, President of the WOCN® Society™
29 June 2015

Phyllis Kupsick, President of the WOCN® Society™, discusses how published WOCN guidelines might lead to improved care, especially once understood and applied by skilled nurse practitioners. Kupsick also discusses WOC certification, WOC continuing education for advanced nurses, and the relatively long history of the WOCN Society.