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.

Guide to Nurse Practitioner Fellowships & Residencies (2022-2023)

December 2, 2022 – 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.

Crushing a Nurse Practitioner (NP) Job Interview

November 14, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

When an NP is scheduled for a job interview, the site has already determined that the NP has most of the qualifications required for the position. Now they want to see if they like the NP and if they are as good as they seem on paper.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) vs. Physician Associate or Assistant (PA)

November 9, 2022 – Rachel Drummond

Why consider a career as a nurse practitioner or a physician associate (formerly known as a physician assistant)? Both positions are primary care providers who provide general or specialized healthcare in clinical or hospital settings.

A Guide to Malpractice Insurance for NPs

October 31, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Malpractice insurance, also known as professional liability insurance, does just that: it protects NPs from the costs associated with claims of negligence or incompetence, including costs related to liability and legal defense. As the role and responsibility of NPs continue to increase, it’s essential that NPs be adequately covered.

The Process to Become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – What to Know

October 27, 2022 – Kimmy Gustafson

Psychiatric nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses with specialized training in psychiatry and mental health. Not only do they provide psychotherapy services, but they also can prescribe medications based on a client’s needs. Their duties include everything from assessing a client’s mental health, diagnosing mental health illnesses, and writing a treatment plan.

Guide to the Most Useful Mobile Apps for Nurse Practitioners

October 22, 2022 – Kimmy Gustafson

The right mobile app can streamline a nurse practitioner's day. Apps can now help diagnose complicated cases, provide references for medical conditions, supply detailed medication information, and even provide continuing education. Nurse practitioners can access these apps on their smartphones or tablets from their office, home, or exam room, streamlining patient care.

Scholarship Guide for Nurse Practitioner Schools (2022-2023)

October 19, 2022 – 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.

A Guide to Non-Clinical Careers for Nurse Practitioners

October 18, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

Fortunately for NPs burned out by patient care, there are many non-clinical roles they can explore, such as teaching, research, informatics, and consulting. Some of these positions are remote, while others have flexible hours.

NP vs Physician / Medical Doctor (MD)

October 7, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

While NPs and MDs may perform many of the same roles in some geographies and specialties, they will perform drastically different roles in others. But the NP role continues to evolve rapidly, and the differences aren’t as drastic as they were 20 years ago.

NP vs Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

September 29, 2022 – Rachel Drummond

Each state board of nursing (SBON) has unique definitions, but the four common APRN titles are nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and certified nurse-midwives (CNM).