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.

A Day in the Life of an Acute Care NP - Interviews with Two Experts
Nancy Munro
30 January 2018

Acute care nurse practitioners (ACNP) are integral to the American healthcare landscape. These highly skilled professionals work in a wide range of settings to provide high quality care to patients as part of robust, specialized healthcare teams.

NP Salaries Hit a New High
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19 January 2018

As the demand for NPs is rising, so too are salaries. In May of 2013, the BLS reported that the mean annual wage for NPs was $95,070. Adjusting for inflation, this puts mean salary growth between 2013 and 2016 at approximately seven percent.

North Carolina NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
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10 January 2018

In the national battle for NP full practice authority, North Carolina’s tireless activists have made great strides, introducing more bills in recent years than other “restricted practice” states. Regions such as California, Florida, and North Carolina deny advanced practice nurses the ability to work to the full extent of their training and abilities.

A Day in the Life of an Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner
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14 December 2017

Aesthetic nurse practitioners either work autonomously in a aesthetic clinic or alongside a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or other physician specializing in aesthetics. These nurses work closely with their patients to give them the appearance they want, whether that means injecting Botox for a more youthful face or removing an old tattoo.

Virginia NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
Dr. Rebecca Sutter
11 December 2017

While the United States is consumed by debates over how to combat the opioid addiction plight or how to get Americans insured, there’s a less-discussed crisis looming on the horizon: the shortage of primary healthcare providers.

A Day in the Life of an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner
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15 November 2017

Orthopedic nurses can be found in virtually every clinical setting, including emergency rooms, nursing homes, and in home healthcare positions. Working alongside physicians, physical therapists and other nurses, orthopedic NPs are able to help patient recover from surgery, rehabilitate from injuries, and often to get their mobile, pain-free lives back after a traumatic event.

Nurse Practitioner Week 2017: A Toolkit to Fight for Full Practice Authority
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29 October 2017

It’s time to recognize nurse practitioners and their role in providing healthcare nationwide. The annual push for NP awareness is known as National Nurse Practitioner Week and is celebrated this year from Nov. 12 through Nov. 18.

A Day in the Life of a Flight Nurse Practitioner
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27 October 2017

Working as a flight nurse practitioner requires not only the same level of patient care that would be expected in any hospital, but it also requires nurses to be able to make quick decisions in the midst of stressful situations, and to do it all while flying high above ground in a helicopter or plane.

Georgia NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
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18 October 2017

For nurse practitioners in Georgia, and across the nation, the struggle for full practice authority remains one of the most contentious issues in healthcare today. Defined as the ability of an APRN to practice to the full extent of his or her education and credentialing, practice authority conditions vary widely by state, from restricted to full practice.

Massachusetts NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
Sherri B. St. Pierre
12 October 2017

In Massachusetts and beyond, one of the most pressing issues in the nurse practitioner community is the fight to modernize practice regulations. In some states, NPs cannot provide healthcare to the full extent of their education and credentialing.