Student Resources Archive

How to prepare for the AANP exam

How to prepare for the AANP exam

A recent FNP graduate breaks down how he prepared to take (and pass) the AANP exam.

Conquering the beast of NP boards

Conquering the beast of NP boards

Planning ahead can help reduce the anxiety that comes along with final exams and boards.

Why pursue a doctorate of nursing practice?

Why pursue a doctorate of nursing practice?

A doctorate of nursing practice degree provides leadership and research-based clinical practice experience.

Rethinking the traditional preceptor-student relationship

Rethinking the traditional preceptor-student relationship

A new pilot program that leverages the community and technology may help ease the preceptor shortage problem.

Job search techniques for new and seasoned nurse practitioners

Job search techniques for new and seasoned nurse practitioners

Self-assessments, behavioral interview preparation, and networking are just three techniques that can be used in search strategy that yields benefits NPs on the hunt for their next job.

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Elucidating most commonly performed clinical procedures can better inform education and training.

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

Resources are available to supplement the general medicine knowledge physician assistants already have when starting clinical rotations.

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Identifying factors that predict PANCE passage can improve physician assistant program quality and graduate success.

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

Passing HR 1202 will allow physician assistants to provide hospice care.

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Widespread plans among programs to increase use of simulation suggest that faculty find it beneficial.

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

As the number of physician assistant programs expands, the competition for rotation sites is expected to intensify.

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Determining what types of collaboration improve clinical outcomes key in structuring interprofessional education training programs.

What I learned during my pediatrics rotation

What I learned during my pediatrics rotation

Working in pediatrics takes good communication and negotiation skills - as well as some hand sanitizer and tissues to ward off the extra germs.

Connecting studying to practice: all of these exam names will come in use, some day

Connecting studying to practice: all of these exam names will come in use, some day

The satisfaction that you experience the first time you recognize one of the signs in practice is exciting and provides a since of accomplishment and validation of all the skills you learned.

Walking the fine line between school and real-life clinical practice

Walking the fine line between school and real-life clinical practice

The balance between clinical practice and educational training is one of the toughest parts of the job.

Preparing for a new semester in a nurse practitioner program

Preparing for a new semester in a nurse practitioner program

Making flash cards, taking notes, and being flexible are just three ways to keep on top of your studies.

Tips for surviving a nurse practitioner program

Tips for surviving a nurse practitioner program

Budgeting your time, working collaboratively with your peers, and investing in technology are just three tips for surviving a nurse practitioner program.

The life of a nurse practitioner student, or 'What have I done?'

The life of a nurse practitioner student, or 'What have I done?'

The key to being successful in a nurse practitioner program is having a schedule, sticking to it and then being able to adapt and reschedule everything when you get off schedule.

Recent graduate's guide to handling the specialist on call

Recent graduate's guide to handling the specialist on call

For a newly graduated physician assistant, learning to work with specialists on call is an important skill to learn.

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Emmy Bushaija, a clinical officer educator, is training the next generation of health-care providers in Rwanda.

Being a physician assistant in the 'boomerang generation'

Being a physician assistant in the 'boomerang generation'

After assessing the costs of student loan bills and rent or a mortgage, physician assistant Jillian Knowles opted to "boomerang" back to her parents' house.

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

Spending two years as a medical assistant helps practitioners learn the ins-and-outs of medical practice.

Faculty practice models offer NPs better academic, clinical balance

Faculty practice models offer NPs better academic, clinical balance

Faculty practice models help advanced practice nurses achieve teaching, service and research goals, while enhancing the student experience.

NAPNAP 2013: Nurse practitioner research often poorly visible

NAPNAP 2013: Nurse practitioner research often poorly visible

Implementing several techniques can help improve public recognition of NP research and improve the adoption of evidence-based medicine in practice.

Quality preceptors help new nursing grads transition to workplace

Quality preceptors help new nursing grads transition to workplace

A structured internship program with mentoring from a preceptor is key to transition from new graduate to nurse.

The trouble with finding a preceptor

The trouble with finding a preceptor

The demand for qualified nurse practitioners to precept students is outpacing supply. How can we change this?

The healthcare we've inherited: Perspectives from a new graduate

The healthcare we've inherited: Perspectives from a new graduate

As the healthcare crisis unfolds, make keeping a positive outlook a priority for the future.

Few internal medicine residents choosing primary care

Few internal medicine residents choosing primary care

Only about one in five graduating internal medicine residents in the United States plan to enter primary care.

The line between casual and unprofessional is easy to overstep

Like bedside manner and compassion, professionalism is a skill that is difficult to teach to medical students, and may be even more difficult to learn.

Make precepting aspiring medical professionals your New Year's resolution

One-thousand new midwives need to be trained each year to meet American College of Nurse Midwives 2020 goals, but just 339 were certified in 2010.

Nurses that earn doctorate degrees deserve the title "doctor"

Physician groups' insinuations that nurses with doctorate degrees, who want to use the title "doctor" are confusing patients and misrepresenting themselves, are obtrusive and offensive.

Implementing electronic health records: Are you ready?

Using electronic health records (EHRs) will likely become second nature for a new generation of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Med students not adequately protected against hepatitis B

Med students not adequately protected against hepatitis B

Hepatitis B vaccination rates among medical students lag behind national recommendations.

The white coat as a metaphor for the clinician-patient relationship

A family nurse practitioner blogs about her commitment to the profession.

A spoonful of sugar helps students visualize the metric system

A spoonful of sugar helps students visualize the metric system

Read this tip for making abstract concepts, like converting metric medication doses, go down smoothly.

Incorporating mental health into clinician training programs

Are health care providers adequately prepared to address patients' psychological issues?

New health care model emphasizes team work

Today's rapidly changing health care marketplace is increasing focused on providing team-based care - health care that is developed, coordinated and delivered by a team of clinicians including physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Clinical certification programs: Which are right for you?

With ongoing changes in the healthcare field, certification demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge and skills in a specialty practice area.

Leveraging a research background in your medical career

Most hiring groups for private practices are looking for physicians who can deliver quality care to a high-volume of patients. If applicants also have a background in medical research, it may just set them apart from an otherwise similar pool of candidates.

Can you use Facebook to study?

Like traditional groups, online study forums are a place for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to share information and collaborate. But in order to be effective it needs to be well organized.

Shifting health care paradigm favors physician assistant, nurse practitioner careers

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are expected to provide the bulk of primary care as health care reform changes practice.

Applying for fellowships? Follow these simple steps

Fellowship checklists are available to help physician assistants and nurse practitioners decide which programs are right for them.

Distinguishing between educational requirements for nurse practitioners and physician assistants

Although NPs and PAs have similar roles in examining, assessing, diagnosing and treating patients, there are differences in the training and educational requirements for each profession.

Certification requirements for NPs and PAs

Preparing for certification exams can be a stressful experience, but it does not have to be. There are many resources available that can help clinicians prepare for these all-important exams.

Course planning: Take the stress out of PA school

Knowing what classes to take can help maximize productivity and reduce stress.

Getting started as an NP/PA

Tips for navigating the early job NP/PA market.

NP/PA grants, scholarships and fellowships

Career opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants are projected to grow 40% in the next 10 years.

What do PA and NP schools look for in an applicant?

Find out exactly what you need to be on the fast track to acceptance.

Understanding your role in relation to physicians

Both PA and NP jobs require collaborations with physicians. Learning more about these interaction is important when deciding which career to pursue.

Should you pursue a career as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner?

PA and NPs are both vital members of the health care team that perform similar responsibilities, but there are important differences in training and certification that may influence your career decision.

Revealing a tattoo costs a clinician

Revealing a tattoo costs a clinician

A talented young resident breaches a patient's privacy and finds himself on the edge of a lawsuit.

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