APRN Guides

Pursuing an advanced nursing career is challenging, but there is a wealth of scholarship opportunities, professional associations, salary guides, and more to help aspiring APRNs. Check out our authoritative resource guides below.

Why Nurse Practitioner is the #1 Job in the USA

July 18, 2024 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

According to US News & World Report, NPs rank #1 in the “100 Best Jobs of 2024.” There are many reasons why being an NP is a good career move. Now is a great time to be an NP. The job is fulfilling, offers a high salary, and is always in demand. NPs can also work in various settings and specialties and create a flexible work schedule.

Guide to Nurse Practitioner Fellowships & Residencies (2024-2025)

May 15, 2024 – Matt Zbrog

Often, the first few months out of school and in the workforce are the most difficult for a nurse practitioner, who in some settings may be expected to perform as many as 80 percent of the same duties a physician would. Fellowships and residencies smooth the transition, offering extra hands-on experience and allowing for further specialization.

Top Podcasts for Nurse Practitioners and Students

May 7, 2024 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

Podcasts have become very popular over the last two decades. They are digital audio programs consisting of a series of episodes. Subjects range from financial topics to reality shows to true crime series to lifestyle design and much more. Podcasts allow listeners to learn, consume information, or just for pure entertainment. People often listen to podcasts during work commutes or when exercising.

An NP’s Guide to the Latest Weight Loss Medications

April 15, 2024 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

It has been exciting for both patients and providers to have a new treatment option for obesity. The GLP-1 medications such as Semaglutide and Tirzepatide have proven to be effective in weight loss. However, just like any medication, side effects may occur.

Choosing an NP Specialization or Sub-specialty: Your Options & The Selection Process

February 8, 2024 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

When choosing an NP specialty or sub-specialty, the NP should consider their past experiences as a nurse, and if they want to continue working in a similar specialty or try something different. They should contemplate if they would like to prioritize pay, work-life balance, or job satisfaction. They should also examine if they are looking for a field to be comfortable in or one that will challenge them.

Pros and Cons of Working in Telemedicine: An NP’s Perspective

February 1, 2024 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

Over the last several years, telemedicine has changed the healthcare landscape. It is estimated that there are at least 158 million telemedicine visits annually. Telemedicine is a popular benefit because it allows patients to communicate with health professionals without visiting the office. The appointments are convenient because the patient can talk to the provider by phone or video from the convenience of their home. It is also affordable for patients without health insurance who need simple treatment.

Best Small and Mid-sized Hospitals for Nurse Practitioners

January 30, 2024 – Kimmy Gustafson

Choosing the right place to work can significantly impact a nurse practitioner's career. While there are significant benefits to working at large hospitals, small and mid-sized hospitals can offer many unique opportunities for nurse practitioners, from a close-knit community feel to specialized patient care. Smaller institutions also allow for greater role flexibility and the opportunity to work on more unique cases.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Pediatric Patients & Teams: An Interview with Dr. Jessica Peck, DNP

January 23, 2024 – Rachel Drummond, MEd

As we begin a slow and steady recovery from the worldwide devastation of Covid-19, parents and caretakers are wondering: “How will our children be affected by this pandemic?” After more than a year of living, working, and schooling at home in isolation, every aspect of family, personal, and professional life has dramatically shifted in ways that no one could have predicted.

An NP’s Perspective: How Nurse Practitioners Can Decrease Healthcare Costs

January 4, 2024 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, nurse practitioners are a proven answer to the evolving movement towards preventative health care and wellness. Evidence has proven that NPs consistently provide cost-effective, high-quality care to patients. This has been exhibited in various healthcare settings, such as primary care, acute care, and long-term care.

Scholarship Guide for Nurse Practitioner Schools (2024)

December 8, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

Scholarships for nurse practitioner schools have never been more plentiful. Whether you’re searching for a particular region, specialization, demographic, or even general assistance, there’s a scholarship out there for you.