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How to prepare for the AANP exam

How to prepare for the AANP exam

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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

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

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

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

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

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

What I learned during my pediatrics rotation

What I learned during my pediatrics rotation

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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

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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

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

Faculty practice models offer NPs better academic, clinical balance

Faculty practice models offer NPs better academic, clinical balance

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

Make precepting aspiring medical professionals your New Year's resolution

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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