NP Now's Account Executive over the Northeast, Ben Dollar, shares 4 easy resume tips to stand out and increase your salary.
#1: Be Interested, Not Interesting!
Be genuinely curious about them, ask them questions about what they have going on and who they are versus touting how great and interesting you are. If you are nonchalant to start the interview, that will be their first impression of you (and it can be difficult to reverse this). If applicable, going into the interview, come up with ways you think you can help improve/add value to this company and bring it up if/when you think it's applicable.
#2: Do your homework.
Research the group, read recent news releases about the group and prepare multiple questions to ask the interviewer about themselves and their company.
Here is good example of a question to ask:
"Thank you very much for meeting with me today. I am somewhat familiar with Company X and your great reputation. I've had a chance to look at your website and have read about your latest achievements (be specific). How is that going and how did you guys accomplish that?"
#3: Show enthusiasm and energy.
It is quite common that the most qualified individual will not to be offered the job because they do not covey the enthusiasm, excitement, or sense of urgency that group is looking for. Leave the interview conveying strong desire, energy, and enthusiasm to work for that group.
#4: Stay on Point!
○ Stay on point! Understand their problem (why they are looking for someone new) and what they really want in a new hire. Show them that you are the solution.
○ Be thorough in your answers, but word them concisely. 1-2 minute answers are ideal. Stay on topic with relevant conversation. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
Under current law, only physicians can have a controlling share of the ownership of for-profit medical offices and clinics. HB 2465 would amend the statute to allow nurse practitioners to own half or all of these businesses.
The Oregon Nurses Association would like a change in the law governing for-profit medical practices to allow nurse practitioners to own half or all of such clinics, a right currently limited to physicians.
Currently, "a nurse practitioner is prohibited of being a majority owner," said Tom Doyle, an attorney for the Nurses Association. "A nurse practitioner could not be in a co-ownership with a physician. ... It's simply an ownership question, it does not change the scope of practice."
House Bill 2465 is sponsored by Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Canby, and Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham.
"We have an arbitrary barrier to ownership," said Kennemer. "It's an equity disparity. This [bill] increases access to care."
In past sessions, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has objected to an expansion of for-profit businesses in healthcare, quashing a popular bill that would have allowed entrepreneurs -- with no medical expertise -- to operate for-profit clinics in rural areas, which often struggle to support so much as a doctor's office.
HB 2465, however, is narrowly tailored to nurse practitioners, and Greenlick has been a strong supporter of the Oregon Nurses Association.
"It's still in spirit of the doctrine -- that they are not profit-driven and still in the interest of the patient," said nurses lobbyist Jenn Baker.
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Taken from Poll Shows Nurses Rank the Highest at Earning Our Trust
By SARAH CORSA
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
At the private practice where Susan VanBeuge works as a nurse practitioner, she and the practice's physician complement each other. The physician, who often takes on a more clinical demeanor, introduces the nurse as the patient's advocate and champion.
After consulting with the patient, the doctor will say something along the lines of, "She's going to get everything fixed and sorted out for you." He's saying, she's going to spend as much time as necessary to solve what you're going through.
"That's one of the things that, every time, makes me smile," says VanBeuge, who's also an associate professor at UNLV's School of Nursing in addition to working as a nurse practitioner. "It makes me realize that there is a difference between what we do."
Interactions like this help cultivate the public's perception that nurses are the most honest and have the highest ethical standards among professions, according to the results of a December Gallup poll. In fact, nurses have topped the poll, which includes college teachers, lawyers and members of Congress, since it was first asked in 1999, with the exception of 2001, when firefighters came out on top following Sept. 11.
Medical professionals as a whole rate highly, but nurses still surpass pharmacists and medical doctors with 84 percent of Americans rating nurses' honesty and ethical standards as high or very high.
"It's really that engagement and that connection we make through our care of patients," that helps nurses earn the trust of their patients, says John Coldsmith, the chief nursing officer at Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center.
From the time they're in school, nurses are trained to use specific body language, tone and wording. Even sitting at the same level as a patient or sitting next to them as opposed to across a desk can improve their experience.
It not only makes a patient feel more comfortable, but can also ensure they get better care.
"Imagine the difference you would get if you stand in the doorway and yell to the patient, 'Do you need any pain medication?' That response versus, I walk in, I sit down, I look them in the eye and say, 'How are you today, do you need any pain medication?'" Carolyn Yucha, dean at the UNLV School of Nursing, says. "The second approach tells them that maybe they can answer, 'I don't need pain medication but I'm very upset about X.' The first approach tells me, you want a yes or no answer so you can run to the next room."
While training helps create compassionate and conscientious nurses, the profession likely also attracts certain types of people who are predisposed to be good communicators.
During the hiring process, Coldsmith asks prospective nurses why they chose to become a nurse. Nearly every candidate, he says, has a story from their own life that led them to the profession. "That could have been the care of a grandfather, grandmother, mother, father, a sick child in a hospital, where during that experience they noted just the compassion and the care that the nurses showed their loved one and that lead them down the path to be a nurse," Coldsmith says.
On top of those two factors, nurses don't reap any financial gain from a patient's decisions, Yucha says. In other words, one could perceive a nurse to only have a patient's best interest in mind because the nurse doesn't make more money if they decide to take a certain prescription drug or undergo a certain procedure.
It's just one more way a nurse is perceived to be a patient's advocate, first and foremost.
"It's an honor. It's a really big responsibility as nurses that we have, because people do trust us," VanBeuge says. "So the things that we say and the things that we do are very important."
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Article taken from - http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/health/poll-shows-nurses-rank-the-highest-earning-our-trust
Taken from 2017 Brings More Access to Nurse Practitioners, PAs and Telemedicine on Forbes.com.
Americans are poised in 2017 to gain even more access to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and health professionals via smartphones, apps and related digital health technology.
Across the country, states led by both Republicans and Democrats have eased scope-of-practice laws to allow easier access to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. And associations for "NPs" and "PAs" are increasing their lobbying to intensify their push in 2017 to serve more patients.
Meanwhile, employers are increasing access to nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals as Americans become more comfortable being treated by primary care givers other than doctors at worksite clinics and retailers like CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance , Wal-Mart Stores, as well as grocers like Kroger.
Employee benefits consultancy Mercer says 82% of large employers now include retail clinics in their health plan networks. The increase employer coverage for retail visits in 2017 comes as 2016 ended with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs granting veterans direct access to advance practice registered nurses.
The lower cost option isn’t lost on employers, lawmakers and those lobbying for nurse practitioners. “With 4,800 nurse practitioners currently working in VA facilities nationwide , this is a zero-cost, zero-risk solution and a significantly positive step to strengthening care for those who served our nation,” Cindy Cooke, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners said two weeks ago.The incoming administration of Donald Trump still has to implement the new VA regulations expanding access to advance practice registered nurses. “We look forward to working with the incoming Trump Administration to ensure full implementation of this rule,” Cooke said.
But it’s not just VA facilities. Bipartisan support for providing direct access is also building across the country in state capitals to change state scope-of-practice laws that often prevent nurse practitioners from providing certain care without a doctor’s supervision. There are now 21 states plus the District of Columbia that already give nurse practitioners full practice authority .
A similar story can be told by physician assistants, which have seen their ability to perform tasks they are educated to do be accepted under state laws and regulations. Most PAs have a two-year master’s degree, often from a program that runs about two years and includes three years of healthcare training, according to the American Academy of PAs.
The shift to care provided by PAs and NPs comes amid a nationwide doctor shortage and the need for more primary care providers, particularly as 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The access issues faced by Americans have created an opening for telemedicine companies like MDLive, American Well and Teladoc. And that is expected to only escalate as more private insurers and employers provide coverage for telemedicine.
Mercer’s analysis shows 59% of large employers offer telemedicine, “up sharply” from 30% in 2015 . Mercer’s data counts telemedicine as a “telephonic or video access” to providers intended to be a low-cost alternative to a physician’s office visit, Mercer said.
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It's no secret--we all love to be in bed. It's the ultimate place of relaxation, where you're completely free from the stresses of the day. If you're anything like me, you try to maximize your time there, lingering for a minute or 30 every morning before work or crawling in for a premature nap that turns into a full night of sleep.
Turns out? That's OK.
In fact, your bed's not just a place for snoozing or Netflix marathons--you can easily turn that mecca of relaxation into a place of self-improvement, productivity, and success. Next time you're tempted to turn in early or can't fathom the thought of getting out from under the covers, stop feeling guilty--and try one of these ways to make the most of your time in bed.
1. Boost Your Health
Taking a few deep breaths can be the perfect way to de-stress and rejuvenate for a productive next day. Deep breathing exercises have been proven to have positive mental and physical health impacts--they can stimulate the lymphatic system, thereby increasing blood flow and reducing fatigue, and alleviate stress and anxiety. All from the comfort of your own bed!
To get started, experts recommend first exhaling any remaining breath in your lungs so that you can take the deepest breath possible. Then, breathe in through your nose for three seconds, hold for three seconds, and exhale for six seconds. Repeat at least three times, and then get ready to reap the benefits.
2. Write Your Heart Out
Sure, we've all kept that short-lived journal about unrequited crushes when we were preteens, but studies show that keeping a regular journal as an adult can supercharge your productivity.
It makes sense: All your pesky thoughts from the day can prevent you from achieving true relaxation while in the comfort of your bed. But by writing down your inner thoughts in a journal before you nod off, you can solidify your memories, capture those fleeting creative ideas, and clear your mind for deeper thinking.
Another approach? Write first thing in the morning. A method called morning pages involves writing 750 words in a stream of consciousness when you first get up. This allows you to clear your head, so you can focus on what is most important for the day. Just keep a pen and paper next to your bed, and in-bed-journaling is one surefire way to boost your brainpower all day long.
3. Plan For the Day Ahead
Experts recommend using a weekly planner to get your thoughts, to-dos, and schedule organized. So on those mornings when you don't want to get out of bed yet? Grab your planner or computer, and spend a few extra minutes under the covers organizing your time for the next few days or week.
A few of our favorite planning tips: Schedule your to-dos into your calendar, ideally at specific times and places so you can hold yourself accountable. And don't just block out time for meetings and concrete tasks--remember to make time for goal setting, refocusing, and even resetting your brain between different things you have to do.
4. Read Up
No need to be ashamed about curling up with that YA book before bed: One study demonstrated that reading fiction increases your empathy, which may help you get along better with your team at work. Improved analytical thinking and memory are also cited among the benefits of reading.
And, unless you're in the middle of a thriller, reading before bed will help you get in the relaxed mindset you want before falling asleep, so that you can wake up and function productively.
5. Seriously Clear Your Head
If you're like me, there's a seemingly impossible line between meditation and sleeping. But the benefits you can reap from even a few minutes of meditation are seriously awesome (think eased stress and anxiety, long-term increases in focus, opened-up unknown creative centers in your mind), so it's definitely worth trying.
For the easiest way to get started, download a meditation app like Buddify. There's absolutely no need to get out of bed--just get comfortable, and use the five, 10, or 20 minutes of meditation to jump start self-improvement, success, and productivity.
OK, hear us out: Cuddling may seem like it has nothing to do with productivity, but there are actually surprising benefits that can directly link to your success in the office.
For one, being cuddled releases a hormone called oxytocin, which makes you feel good and connected to other people. Additionally, it boosts the immune system, reduces anxiety and stress, and even lowers the risk of heart disease. All these benefits lead to a healthier body and mind, which only primes you for success. Snuggle up!
The next time you're feeling guilty about whiling away hours in your bed, remember these tips. As the saying goes, without the dark there can be no light. So, too, is the relationship between productivity and relaxation--you must have both for a successful career and life. Sweet dreams!
This story first appeared on Inc. and The Muse.
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(Based on a $100,000 annual salary)
Of course, we have just given a rough estimate based on common employee benefits packages. Some employers may offer less while others will offer more. Regardless, it is important to take into account how much your benefits are actually worth when you are considering a new position.
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As the demand for Nurse Practitioners has increased, the variety of NP specialties has also grown. While the majority of NPs provide primary care, nearly one third of the NP workforce currently provides specialty care. Provided below is a list of the current NP specialties along with an explanation of how and where they are used.
Primary Care NP Specialties
(The NPs listed below are primary care trained but they can also work in specialties like Ortho, Neuro, Cardiology, Home Health, Hospice, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Psych, Urgent/walk in care, ER, Acute Care/Hospitalist, pediatrics , women’s health, etc.)
Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANP) – provides primary health care to adolescents through the senior years. ANPs can practice in several clinical settings including family practices, rural clinics, home health services and occupational health clinics. 20% of all NPs are ANPs.
Adult Gerontology (AGNP) – provides a range of acute, chronic and preventative healthcare services for adults across the lifespan from adolescence to old age. The AGNP certification is replacing the ANP certification. A few of the settings where AGNPs can practice include family practices, occupational health clinics, home health services, rural clinics and other adult and geriatric sites.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – provides comprehensive health services to patients of all ages. FNPs practice in many settings including family practices, student health services, occupational health clinics, home health services, rural clinics, as well as child, adolescent, adult and geriatric sites. 70% of all NPs are FNPs.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) – provides comprehensive healthcare exclusively to children (ages 0-18 or 0-21). PNPs practice in a variety of settings including outpatient pediatric clinics, health departments, preschools or elementary schools, private pediatric practices and community agencies.
The NPs listed below can only work in their board certified specialty:
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) – provides comprehensive care to pre-term and full-term infants through the first few years of their lives. NNPs can practice in an intensive neonatal hospital setting independently or in private practices outside of the acute care setting.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) – provides counseling and psychopharmaceutical management to individuals, groups and families. PMHNPs can treat youth, adolescents, adults and seniors in a variety of practice settings, such as home health agencies, community mental health centers, in-patient psychiatric facilities, private psychiatric practices, schools, correctional facilities. 3% of NPs are PMHNPs.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) –provides primary health care to women of all ages. Prenatal management, family planning, fertility, uro-gynecology and well-woman care. WHNPs can serve in a variety of practice settings, including but not limited to adult/internal medicine, family planning clinics, ambulatory OB-GYN clinics.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP/ACPCNP) – treats acute and chronic adult health problems and meets the unique health care needs of women, including gynecologic health. WHNP/ACPCNPs serve in a variety of practice settings including adult/internal medicine, OB-GYN clinic, family planning clinics, ambulatory care centers, community clinics, private practices, specialty clinics.
The NPs listed below are trained to work in the hospital as a hospitalist or in the ER or ICU, but they can also work in primary care or other specialties:
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) – provides treatment for the brief but severe episodes of illness, injury or trauma. ACNPs practice in a variety of settings including emergency departments, intensive care units, operating rooms, specialty labs, long-term care facilities and home healthcare settings.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) – provides care to acutely ill adults and aging adults in both hospitals and clinics. AGACNPs focus on managing current and ongoing problems and preventing complications. AGACNPs can practice in a variety of settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, specialty labs, acute and sub-acute care wards, specialty clinics.
Emergency Nurse Practitioner –meets the growing needs among emergency departments in treating children, adults and seniors with urgent primary care needs, critical illnesses, injuries or trauma. This specialty is a dual focus Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty. Emergency Nurse Practitioners serve patients in many different practice settings, such as critical access hospitals, main emergency departments, urgent care clinic and fast-track emergency departments.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care (PACNP) – provides care to acutely ill children. A few of the settings where PACNPs can practice include pediatric emergency departments, pediatric hospital service, pediatric sedation services, and pediatric ICUs.
Please Note: Some NPs are dually certified, example being they are an FNP and PMHNP- so they can do everything a PMHNP and everything an FNP can do. Some also have a DNP-Doctorate NP. All NP’s have an MSN/masters science nursing. CNS/clinical nurse specialists can sometimes be used interchangeably with an NP (but they are trained differently).
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Did you know that 3% of NPs in the US make $150,000 or more per year? But the average salary among all NPs in the US is $95,000 per year. The state with the highest average NP salary is Hawaii at $115,000 per year, while the lowest is Idaho at $62,000 per year.* Included below is the full list of US states with their average annual salaries in 2014.
Alabama - $96,000
Alaska - $115,670
Arizona - $83,181
Arkansas - $97,000
California - $115,460
Colorado - $98,733
Connecticut - $99,180
Delaware - $83,000
Florida - $92,530
Georgia - $108,000
Hawaii - $115,870
Idaho - $62,000
Illinois - $108,000
Indiana - $91,000
Iowa - $93,000
Kansas - $87,000
Kentucky - $82,000
Louisiana - $85,000
Maine - $94,400
Maryland - $98,000
Massachusetts - $107,230
Michigan - $96,000
Minnesota - $83,000
Mississippi - $99,080
Missouri - $93,000
Montana - $79,000
Nebraska - $69,000
Nevada - $72,000
New Hampshire - $94,000
New Jersey - $103,000
New Mexico - $83,000
New York - $104,510
North Carolina - $91,000
North Dakota - $84,000
Ohio - $91,000
Oklahoma - $88,000
Oregon - $111,160
Pennsylvania - $92,000
South Carolina - $94,000
South Dakota - $72,000
Tennessee - $91,950
Texas - $102,070
Utah - $74,000
Vermont - $84,000
Virginia - $96,000
Washington - $98,000
West Virginia - $90,000
Wisconsin - $85,000
Wyoming - $78,000
*facts taken from http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291171.htm and
In the past 50 years, NPs have proven themselves to be the health provider of choice for millions of Americans. Over 900 million visits are made to NPs each year, and that number has continued to increase. Trends are showing that NPs may even be in greater demand than most physicians. Why do so many patients prefer NPs? Below are only 5 of the many reasons that NPs are in such great demand.
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