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.

PNP-AC (Acute Care) vs. PNP-PC (Primary Care) | Pediatric NP

March 23, 2023 – Kimmy Gustafson

This guide explains the similarities and differences between acute and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner specialties to help current and future nurse practitioners decide which path is right for them.

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) Roles by Scope of Practice

March 9, 2023 – Rachel Drummond

Some APRNs practice independently, and others under physician supervision, depending on the scope of practice determined by the state in which they are licensed and certified. APRNs can practice independently in states granting full practice authority or collaborate with physicians (MDs) in states with limited or restricted practice authority.

Women’s Health NPs & National Endometriosis Awareness Month Advocacy Guide

February 15, 2023 – Nina Chamlou

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting at least one in ten women, yet it takes an average of seven to 12 years to diagnose. Many patients never receive a diagnosis, leaving questions about their health unanswered.

Cardiovascular Professionals Week Resources & Advocacy Guide (2023)

January 30, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

Cardiovascular Professionals Week takes place from February 12-18, 2023. Hosted by the Association of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP), it marks an opportunity to recognize the dedication, professionalism, and impact of those who deliver emergent and routine cardiovascular care to some of the most vulnerable and intensive populations in the healthcare system.

Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Nurse Practitioners: What to Know

January 17, 2023 – Becca Brewer

With three out of every four NPs staring down a debt horizon, understanding student loan forgiveness may spell the difference between a career that feels like indentured servitude and one that feels like a career choice made freely.

Guide to Nurse Practitioner Conferences (2023)

January 12, 2023 – Becca Brewer

Many NP conferences work to expand the recognition of the importance of the NP role in healthcare, connect NPs to one another to create advocacy and business partnerships, and provide NPs with the continuing education needed to maintain active board certification.

How to Become a Clinical Nurse Specialist

January 4, 2023 – Kimmy Gustafson

A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice registered nurse who provides expert nursing care to patients with complex medical needs. CNSs play a vital role in the healthcare system, providing critical care and guidance to patients and their families. They also work closely with other healthcare team members, including doctors and nurses, to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

National CRNA Week Resources & Advocacy Guide (2023)

January 3, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

CRNA care is safe, cost-effective, and a critical resource for rural and veteran communities. But barriers remain to unlocking the profession's full potential, and CRNAs are banding together to make their voices heard on these issues.

Travel Nurse Practitioner (NP) Jobs: What to Look for Before Going Remote

December 14, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

Before going remote, a travel NP should contemplate their priorities in choosing an assignment. Are they concerned about taxes or practice autonomy? Or are they just looking for a place to work that seems welcoming and with a fair patient-to-provider ratio?

NPs & HIV/AIDS Awareness Month Advocacy Guide

December 8, 2022 – Kimmy Gustafson

HIV/AIDS is a critical public health issue that demands attention. In 2019, the most recent statistics available, the CDC reported that there were 36,801 new HIV infections in the US. While this number is a 9 percent decrease since 2015, it is still alarmingly high.