Career Planning

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

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The biggest challenges for recently certified PAs are the lack of clinical PA opportunities for recent graduates and the lack of clinical PA opportunities in a geographic area.

As the NP profession continues to grow, legal barriers to full practice authority remain

As the NP profession continues to grow, legal barriers to full practice authority remain

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Throughout the United States, nurse practitioners are still prevented from exercising their full practice authority - leading to increased frustration as the primary care shortage grows.

50 years of the nurse practitioner profession

50 years of the nurse practitioner profession

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As the NP profession celebrates 50 years, take a look back at where the profession started and how far it has come.

National PA Week 2015 celebrates the profession's increasing demand

National PA Week 2015 celebrates the profession's increasing demand

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Demand for physician assistants is on the rise, and the average salary for PAs has also increased.

After the switch: adjusting to a new job

After the switch: adjusting to a new job

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After working at the same place for a long time, adjusting to a new job can be difficult.

Time to leave

Time to leave

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When forced to re-evaluate your career, forewarned is forearmed.

Work-life balance is crucial

Work-life balance is crucial

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Although providers do not have a typical nine-to-five jobs that end when the shift does, it's important to find time to de-stress with enjoyable hobbies.

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

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

Where's the best place to be a nurse?

Where's the best place to be a nurse?

Research based on job availability, competition, and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice.

Practical tips for motivating medical staff

Practical tips for motivating medical staff

Employees need to know how what they do adds value to the business and helps both the patient and the physician succeed.

Creating stronger PA and NP partnerships

Creating stronger PA and NP partnerships

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Our progress is the result of standing together, looking toward the future of American health care and saying "We'll be ready when you are."

Is it time to leave the AAPA?

Is it time to leave the AAPA?

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A growing disconnect between membership and leadership on several issues is prompting many physician assistants to question their support.

How to gain research experience as a new faculty member

How to gain research experience as a new faculty member

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New NP/PA faculty members should reach out to different departments for research experience and develop relationships with other professors.

AAPA outlines PA advocacy goals for Capitol Hill Day

AAPA outlines PA advocacy goals for Capitol Hill Day

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Eliminating barriers, increasing funding for PA educational programs and promoting transparency for PA-provided healthcare comprise key initiatives.

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.

Explaining gender pay disparities in NP and PA professions

Explaining gender pay disparities in NP and PA professions

Entrenched attitudes may play a role in gender pay inequities among nurse practitioners and physician assistants, but so do salary negotiation skills, experts say.

Make precepting a priority

Make precepting a priority

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The skills students learn from preceptors cannot be taught in textbooks.

Coping with long office hours

Coping with long office hours

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Finding the right balance between work and family is a struggle for many in health care professions.

Consider a job in sleep medicine

Consider a job in sleep medicine

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Sleep medicine is a fascinating area of study with no shortage of potential patients.

Are you prepared for EHR 'meaningful use' deadlines?

Are you prepared for EHR 'meaningful use' deadlines?

Hospitals and clinics that do not meet EHR meaningful use requirements by 2015 will face escalating Medicare and Medicaid payment penalties.

Avoiding career complacency

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The best health-care providers are successful at achieving a balance between experience and knowledge of the latest clinical evidence.

Lawsuit 
follows IV injection

Lawsuit 
follows IV injection

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A patient undergoing 
myocardial perfusion 
imaging claims the IV 
led to nerve damage.

Remaining objective when offering patients advice

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Abortion, circumcision, vaccination and prenatal testing are among many controversial issues that many health-care providers find difficult to discuss.

NP/PA roles set to expand with health care reform

NP/PA roles set to expand with health care reform

Although the Affordable Care Act's future may be uncertain, nurse practitioner and physician assistant roles will continue to expand to meet primary care needs.

A clinician breaks the cardinal rule

A clinician breaks the cardinal rule

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A serious accident during a patient's discharge leads to potentially life-threatening injuries and a lawsuit.

New York City hospitals score poorly on patient safety

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Thirty of the nation's 50 lowest-scoring hospitals on patient safety are located in New York City and adjoining communities in West Chester, Long Island and New Jersey.

Are you a concerned clinician or do you scare patients straight?

When it comes to patient care, finding an appropriate balance between emphasizing the need for follow up and causing unnecessary alarm can be difficult.

Will physician assistants and nurse practitioners ever belong?

Will physician assistants and nurse practitioners ever belong?

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Despite the positive inroads and contributions that physician assistants and nurse practitioners have made over the past decades, we still face professional opposition.

Is Medicare's 85% reimbursement rule fair?

Is Medicare's 85% reimbursement rule fair?

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Medicare only reimburses 85% of fees for physician assistant provided health care, and soon private insurance carriers may do the same. Is it fair to pay less for a PA office visit than an MD visit?

Encouraging a more collaborative medical culture

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Instead of viewing the new generation of health-care providers as a threat, seasoned clinicians should focus on shaping incoming nurses and physician assistants into colleagues they want working by their side.

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