Both current and aspiring advanced practice nurses can benefit from the advice of seasoned professionals. Through interviews and expert-written content from professors, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and other APRNs, discover what to expect from various career paths, including information about job challenges and state practice authority laws.

Day in the Life of an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

September 26, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Orthopedics is a specialty dealing with issues related to muscles and bones. If that sounds like a large swathe of medical territory, that’s because it is: approximately one in three people in the US are affected by a musculoskeletal condition.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in Connecticut

September 15, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

To practice in Connecticut as a nurse practitioner (NP) requires an understanding of coexisting extremes. The third smallest state in the nation, Connecticut is also the fourth most densely populated, and income inequality is one of its top health challenges. But in this relatively tiny area, an enviable amount of good exists: public health funding is up 47 percent year-over-year, and the state is ranked third best in the US for overall health outcomes, according to the United Health Foundation (UHF).

Investments & Financial Planning for Nurse Practitioners (NPs)

August 24, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

NPs are high-salary professionals and should take the time to learn how to save and invest their money. By using the saving vehicles below, they can decrease their tax burden and optimize their path to financial success.

Day in the Life of a Surgical Nurse Practitioner (NP)

August 12, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Surgical NPs specialize in one or more aspects of surgical care. Often beginning their career with training as acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs), their work environment typically exists within a hospital, but they can work anywhere there’s an operating room or clinic.

Day in the Life of a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

August 2, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Over five million patients are admitted annually to American intensive care units (ICUs). These patients have a wide range of critical and complex conditions that require quick and effective treatment. Critical care nurse practitioners (NPs) are part of the interprofessional, multidisciplinary team that performs the assessments and interventions that those patients need.

The Process to Become a Nurse Practitioner – What to Know

July 26, 2022 – Kimmy Gustafson

Today, nurse practitioners are licensed independent healthcare practitioners who provide high-quality medical care to all types of patients. They have completed additional education beyond an initial nursing program, holding either master’s of science in nursing (MSN) or a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

Establishing an Independent NP Practice: What to Know

June 28, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

A nurse practitioner is passionate about helping people. Becoming an entrepreneur can be quite challenging. Once they become a business owner, they must develop a business plan, research and understand revenue models, and hire and train new staff.

Ask a Professor: The NP Practice Environment in Oklahoma

June 16, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Increasing access to quality care is a major issue for Oklahoma, and the state’s nurse practitioners (NPs) could be a critical resource towards that end. But first, Oklahoma’s laws around prescriptive authority for NPs will have to catch up with some of their neighbors.

Day in the Life of a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NP)

June 3, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Women’s health is a specialty practice area that’s continuing to grow and evolve. It’s also one that has advocacy and social justice baked into its DNA: WHNPs take a truly holistic approach to care, considering the relationships between class, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation when treating their patients.

First Year as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) – What to Know

June 1, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

The first year working as an NP is very important in the NP's career in order to expand on the knowledge base that was established during their education. During this year, many of the skills and education that were gained during their graduate program are practiced and reinforced. This is when the NP begins the transition from being an RN.