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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 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.

  • NURSE PRACTITIONER CAREER RESOURCES

    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

TOOLS AND ARTICLES FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BECOMING NPS

Why I Became an NP - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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...

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3 Things NP Programs Look for in Applicants - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Editor's Note: Links Updated June 2019Admission 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...

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GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS - AANP

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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Getting a Job As an NP

HELPFUL TIPS AND INSIGHT FOR NPS LOOKING FOR JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES

How to Build a Resume That Will Land You a Job Interview - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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 staffing manager’s attention. Otherwise, he or she will become disinterested and move on to the...

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Tips for Finding Work As a New Nurse Practitioner Grad - BARTON ASSOCIATES

So you’ve survived nurse practitioner 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.Never fear! Only a few years ago, I too was fighting...

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Career Resources for NPs

TOOLS AND ARTICLES FOR NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER AS A MODERN NP

How Networking Can Improve Your Career in Healthcare - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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...

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5 Questions to Ask During Your NP Job Interview - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Editor's Note: Updated June 2019The last thing you want is to find yourself perusing nurse practitioner job ads because of disillusionment or the realization that the job you took wasn’t all it was promised to be.You have the tools at your disposal to avoid accepting the wrong position. Remember, it’s...

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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

Find all the nurse practitioner career resources you need from the print issue archived for easy online access.

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NURSE PRACTITIONER CAREER RESOURCES - NURSE.ORG

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

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,...

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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.Pens — No, ReallyLow-tech? Maybe. Simple? Certainly. But never again having to scramble in search...

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Can a Nurse Practitioner Do That? [INFOGRAPHIC] - BARTON ASSOCIATES

The content below refers to an older version of the "Can an NP Do That?" infographic. Information regarding state laws may be out of date. See our updated infographic here!Think you need to hire a physician to fill an opening at your hospital, practice, or organization? Not necessarily: A nurse...

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Job BoardFor Locum TenensFor FacilitiesAbout UsTestimonialsMeet Our TeamLocum HeroesGiving BackBarton Blog 1.888.272.5084 Live ChatApplyFor ProvidersPhysiciansNurse PractitionersPhysician AssistantsDentistsPsychologistsEmergency & Critical CareResidentsCRNAsPsychiatristsAnesthesiologistsRetired ProvidersWomen & ChildrenAll Other ProvidersProvider ResourcesState Travel GuidesNPIInfographicsProvider FAQsLicensing/CredentialingProvider Salary ToolWhy Choose BartonFeatured Content: What Physician Specialties Pay the Best What is Locum Tenens and How Does it Work?For FacilitiesStaffing...

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The Rural Health Clinic Program Provides Opportunities for PAs and NPs - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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.A Journal of Rural Health review shows that, overall, “PAs provide cost-efficient and supplemental medical services...

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Looking for a Switch? 3 Healthcare Jobs to Consider - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Let’s face it. For all the (many, many) good things that come with working in healthcare, it can also be a high-tension, high-burnout career track.That’s not a knock on the industry, of course. When nearly half of all physicians in one Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) survey “report...

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6 Ways to Earn CME on Your Mobile Phone - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Share this article: 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).CME...

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31 TOP MOBILE APPS FOR NPS - NURSEPRACTITIONERSCHOOLS.COM

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

ARTICLES AND INSIGHTS FOR LIVING LIFE AS A NURSE PRACTITIONER, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE JOB

What Is Locum Tenens? [VIDEO] - BARTON ASSOCIATES

TranscriptIn the medical world, “locum tenens" simply refers to healthcare providers who take on temporary short- or long-term jobs at healthcare facilities to fill gaps created by physician staffing shortages at hospitals, private practices and companies throughout the United States. These gaps can be as short as one day, or...

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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.However, many physicians, physician assistants (PAs), nurse...

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Living La Vida Locum: What Clinicians Love About Locum Tenens Roles - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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...

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Get Our Free Guide to Starting Your Locum Tenens Career - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Where do you see your career in 2017? Download our free resource, “Your Ultimate Guide to Going Locum," to discover more about how locum tenens can help you achieve your goals.Locum tenens is an attractive and fulfilling career path that some physicians and advanced-practice clinicians aren't even aware of. As...

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How to Land Your Perfect Locum Tenens Job - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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...

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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....

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It’s Official: Locum Tenens Clinicians Are Popular and Invaluable - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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...

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MY FIRST YEAR AS A LOCUM TENENS PHYSICIAN - KEVIN MD

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

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 Physicians Are Going Locum - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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.From the Latin for "place holder" — and inarguably...

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Questions to Ask Before Accepting Your First Locum Tenens Assignment - BARTON ASSOCIATES

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...

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Tax Guide for Locum Tenens Providers (2017 Edition) - BARTON ASSOCIATES

The post that follows applies the tax guide for the 2016–2017 tax season. It is out of date.For our updated tax guide, which applies to the 2017–2018 tax season, please download our new "Tax Guide for Locum Tenens Providers: 2017–2018 Edition."Last year, healthcare tax expert Andrew D. Schwartz, CPA, partnered...

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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.