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Nurse Practitioner Resource Hub

Helpful Tools, Resources, and Advice for NPs

Whether you're a looking to pursue a permanent career as a nurse practitioner or are interested in locum tenens as a full-time career, you probably have some questions. And we expect you to. For that reason, we assembled some of the most useful articles, infographics, and videos in one easy-to-navigate location to help answer any questions you may have. Educational resources, navigating the job-search process, useful career tips — it's all here.

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  • Education Resources for NPs

    Tools and articles for people interested in becoming nurse practitioners.

  • Getting a Job As an NP

    Helpful tips and insight for NPs looking to find jobs at hospitals, private practices, and other healthcare facilities.

  • Career Resources for NPs

    Tools and articles for navigating your career as a modern NP.

  • Life As an NP

    Articles and insights for living life as an NP, both inside and outside of the job.

Education Resources for NPs


Why I Became an NP - Barton Associates

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Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. My mother was a nurse, so when I was real little I knew I looked up to her and that she made others happy. Her relatives and friends would call her and look to her for medical advice, and she always seemed available to lend an ear and bring them comfort.
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3 Things NP Programs Look for in Applicants - Barton Associates

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Admission to a nurse practitioner (NP) program is competitive. NP program class sizes are generally small and typically only admit between 10 to 15 students each year. However, interest in the programs are high. It is not unusual for an NP program to receive one hundred or more applications for those few slots.
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Grants and Scholarship Programs for Nurse Practitioners - AANP

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AANP supports NPs and the advancement of the NP profession by offering grant and scholarship opportunities. Many external sources for funding are also available.
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Nurse Practitioner Programs in the U.S., Ranked - U.S. News & World Report

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A breakdown of the top nursing programs for family nurse practitioner training at the master's and/or doctor of nursing practice level based on cost of tuition, enrollment, peer assessment scores, and acceptance rate.
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Nurse Practitioner Student Resource Center - AANP

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Whether you're just starting to consider a career as a nurse practitioner (NP), planning your education or about to begin your career, AANP provides its members a wealth of resources.
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Planning Your NP Education - AANP

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Plan for your NP education. Search for the right NP program for you. Learn more about DNP programs.
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Search for Nurse Practitioner Programs - AANP

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Thinking about training to become an NP? Search for quality NP programs courtesy of the AANP.
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3 Tips for Success in Your Third Year of Medical School - Barton Associates

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Congratulations! You have completed your first two years of medical school and you are now entering into your third year. Instead of simply spending hours studying for your next written exam, you will soon be using that knowledge outside of the classroom through real-world experiences interacting with patients and delving into different clinical rotations.
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Getting a Job As an NP


How to Build a Resume That Will Land You a Job Interview - Barton Associates

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Your resume has less than 30 seconds to make an impression on a potential employer. That’s only about the length of a typical TV commercial. Your resume must quickly convey critical information that hooks the hiring manager’s attention.
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Tips for Finding Work As a New NP Graduate - Barton Associates


So you’ve survived school, passed your national board-certification exam, and — with your head barely above water — you’ve struck out into the job-hunting jungle. But where to begin? They don’t really prepare you for this in school.
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Career Resources for NPs


How Networking Can Improve Your Career in Healthcare - Barton Associates

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It’s easy to get caught up in your daily routine, but networking can bring you outside of it and give you a larger perspective on the healthcare industry. Whether you’re happy in your existing job or searching for new opportunities, networking can help you better understand your industry, come up with new ideas, and align yourself with what’s happening in your field.
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5 Questions to Ask During Your NP Job Interview - Barton Associates


The last thing you want is to find yourself perusing job ads because of disillusionment or the realization that the job you took wasn’t all it was promised to be.
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Top 5 Post-Interview Tips for Nurse Practitioners - Health eCareers


Congratulations — you’re one step closer to landing that nurse practitioner job. Despite tricky networking websites, tough questions, and sloughs of paperwork, you came, saw, and conquered. Remember that achievement as you go into the post-interview phase.
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Nurse Practitioner Career Resources - The Clinical Advisor

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Find all the nurse practitioner career resources you need from the print issue archived for easy online access.
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Being a nurse means you have a versatile career that offers many avenues for advancement. One such path is becoming a nurse practitioner.
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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance in Healthcare - Barton Associates

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It is a remarkable thing to devote your life to the care of others. As difficult as it is, it's crucial to make sure you are taking care of yourself, too. Failing to turn off the healthcare provider “switch” can be detrimental to your personal health and manifest in burnout, an alarming trend that is sweeping across the healthcare field.
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Tools to Make Your Healthcare Job Easier - Barton Associates


The tools don’t always make the professional, but they can certainly make a medical professional’s job easier. If work-provided implements just aren’t cutting it, here’s some hardware that’ll make you wonder how you ever did without.
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Can a Nurse Practitioner Do That? [Infographic] - Barton Associates

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With physician burnout on the rise, NPs' scope of practice is constantly evolving. Take a look at all the responsibilities modern NPs take on.
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NP Scope of Practice vs. Independent Practice: What's the Difference? - Barton Associates

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Discussions involving nurse practitioners (NPs) and their role in healthcare often include terms such as “scope of practice,” “independent practice,” and “prescriptive authority.” It’s clear these concepts encompass what an NP can and cannot do, but what do they really mean, and how does this affect the profession as a whole?
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NP Scope of Practice Laws - Barton Associates


NP scope of practice laws vary from state to state. Barton Associates understands these laws may have an effect on the locum tenens we place throughout the United States, and so we put together this handy interactive guide that offers a snapshot of each state’s scope of practice laws.
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The Rural Health Clinic Program Provides Opportunities for PAs and NPs - Barton Associates

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Shortages in rural health have long been a challenge for the healthcare profession — and one that has seen many proposed solutions over the years. Increasingly, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are answering the call.
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Looking for a Switch? 3 Healthcare Jobs to Consider - Barton Associates

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When nearly half of all physicians in one Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) survey “report at least [one] symptom of burnout” — and when those stats take a hard slant toward those working on the “front line of care access,” like family and internal medicine — it becomes obvious that taking care of patients has a number of rigors the average person might not understand.
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6 Ways to Earn CME on Your Mobile Phone - Barton Associates


Medical professionals spend most of their time interacting with patients and working to provide the best possible care. To stay up to date on the latest trends in the medical space, many professionals are required by their state to pursue continuing medical education (CME).
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31 Top Mobile Apps for NPs -

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Access to evidence-based information enhances the NP’s ability to deliver high-quality, safe, and effective care. With the breadth of information available on the Internet, clinicians can often wonder where to find the best reference tools. This blog post outlines 16 high-quality smartphone and tablet apps that will serve as excellent resources.
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Life As an NP


Video: What Is Locum Tenens? - Barton Associates


Never heard of locum tenens? What to learn more about what locum work entails? We answer those questions and more in a short introductory video.
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5 Ways to Know You're Ready to Try Locum Tenens - Barton Associates


Maybe you've heard about the independence and flexibility that come with locum tenens, but haven’t explored further because you weren’t sure you were ready to make the change. After all, the locum tenens lifestyle is different from the traditional understanding of a medical career.
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Living La Vida Locum: What Clinicians Love About Locum Tenens Roles - Barton Associates

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We talk a lot about what we think locum tenens can do for you. Empowerment. Career growth. Flexibility. Travel. New opportunities. But we’re not as in the know as you are. In order to truly understand your pain points and what about them pushes you to take on — and excel in — locums roles, we decided to ask you.
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Video: 5 Myths About Locum Tenens - Barton Associates


Maybe you have heard about locum tenens, but haven’t explored further because you have some concerns. This is understandable! Because the locum lifestyle is different from a traditional medical career, there are many myths surrounding it. As a result, it can be easy to mix up fact and fiction.
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Starting Your Locum Career - Barton Associates

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Locum tenens is an attractive and fulfilling career path that some physicians and advanced-practice clinicians aren't even aware of. As we enter the new year, many of your colleagues and peers are starting to explore the job market and look for ways to gain more freedom and flexibility in their careers.
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How to Land Your Perfect Locum Tenens Job - Barton Associates

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By now you probably know that a locum tenens career allows you the freedom and flexibility to experience a variety of practice locations and facility types. If you have a particular location or facility type in mind, there are some steps you can take to ensure you are in the best position to land the perfect locum tenens job when it becomes available.
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My Experience As a Locum With Barton Associates - Barton Associates


After a recent transition out of a private practice, I started doing locum tenens work. I was referred to Barton Associates and started working with my physician recruiter, John. John took the time to really explore what it was I was looking to create by going into locum tenens work. John reviewed with me what I was specifically looking for and took the time to match me with those prospective clients that fit the profile.
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It's Official: Locum Tenens Clinicians Are Popular and Invaluable - Barton Associates

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The U.S. healthcare sector has been among the most heavily affected by skills gaps and talent shortages over the past several years. This has led to a direct increase in the amount of strain placed on physicians and other medical practitioners, which can compromise the quality and efficiency of any healthcare establishment. Technology has improved patient health management in the past decade, but overworked staff make it difficult to optimize outcomes and experiences.
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My First Year As a Locum Tenens Physician - Kevin MD

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Locum tenens (literally “place holder”) is professional work done to fill in where help is needed. It is what I have primarily been doing for the last year, and has been an interesting ride.
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A Nurse Practitioner Explains How Locum Tenens Nursing Changed Her Life - Scrubs Magazine

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No matter how often we’re told that nursing is on the rise, jobs are plentiful and nurses in (most) areas are paid pretty well, there are still tons of unemployed nurses throughout the country.
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Why More Nurse Practitioners Are Going Locum - Barton Associates

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The practice of medicine presents several difficulties: high stress, long hours, and expensive loans are all challenges with which many doctors are unfortunately familiar. As a response to these challenges, more and more physicians are taking the opportunity to work locum tenens.
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Questions to Ask Before Accepting Your First Locum Tenens Assignment - Barton Associates

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You have decided to try locum tenens work for the first time. This can be a confusing time, and it is perfectly understandable that you might have a few questions. It is important to ask these questions to determine if the assignment is a good match, and to ensure you have a positive experience. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive to get you off to a running start!
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2017 Tax Guide for Locum Tenens Providers - Barton Associates

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Tax season is a hectic time for everyone regardless of what field they work in. Luckily for locum tenens providers, Barton Associates' worked with healthcare tax expert Andrew D. Schwartz, CPA to develop a tax guide specially for locum tenens providers so you can maximize your tax return!
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I have no complaints about Barton; the interactions controlled by them were met with the usual high standard of professionalism that I have come to expect.

Dr. Ess - Physician, Locum Tenens Provider

I am happy with the service and relationship I have with the Barton Associates Locum Tenens Recruitment Specialist, Taylor Barnum.

L. V. - Locum Tenens OBGYN Physician

I am very pleased with my agent. He is very helpful and great service. His name is Nicholas Affaro

Marie A., Nurse Practitioner

My consultant is great. She stays in contact with me and stays up to date about my availability. She listens to me and is a joy to work with.

E. C. - Locum Tenens Provider

Smooth comfortable service. Always prompt response.

Craig - Locum Tenens Provider

Barton did all the planning and footwork to allow me move smoothly into a temporary position in an ongoing private practice...The staff and I worked very hard to help deliver the best treatment to each and every patient

G. A. Ochs D.M.D.

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