Oct
11
2019

Salary Negotiating Strategies for Advanced Practice Providers

 

BE SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATING YOUR NEXT SALARY

You learn a lot in school becoming an Advanced Practice Provider. But they don’t teach you how to negotiate your salary and contract. It’s takes time, research and practice but not negotiating should never be an option.  Don’t let fear stop you for getting what you’re worth.

Here are some negotiating tips to help you get the best package:

Know what is important to you –  You need to think of the full compensation package – salary, call pay, bonus, benefits, time off, tuition reimbursement, continuing education, retirement, etc. What are the most important, the deal breakers? And what ones are you will more willing to consider – for example would you be willing to take a lower base salary if there’s a bonus or for full health benefits for you and your family? Less for a day shift?   Knowing what’s important will assist you in the process of getting the best package.

 

Preparation – Research salaries in the city/region to get an idea of what your job is worth.  Different states/cities offer different salaries. Use AANP and AAPA salary surveys and other sites to get salary information. Ask friends and colleagues, it can be touchy to ask people about salary but getting the right information will help you. Don’t forget about call pay and bonuses as well.

 

Don’t assume you have to take their first offer – you may be leaving money or other benefits on the table. Most companies expect a counter offer so give them one. Your counter can include base salary, bonus, vacation time, CME money, etc.

 

Be confident – you know you can do the job, you’ve shown them your value however, be careful not to come across as arrogant.

 

Keep your emotions in check – deep breath, don’t panic and don’t get angry if the first offer is low. This is a business transaction.

 

Practice – your goal is to present why you are worth (based on your research) the salary you are asking. Since most of us are uncomfortable asking for money; it really helps to practice it with friend you trust. Do a few runs with a friend.

 

Remember do not make demands – Always appear to be open to discuss it further – remember – you are negotiating.

 

These tips can help you get what you’re worth!

 

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Oct
04
2019

6 Healthy Living Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Living Healthy Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Advanced Practice Providers work hard and it can take its toll on you both physically and mentally. You cannot be at your best and take care of your patients it you’re tired. So how do you recharge?

Here are 6 Healthy Living Tips:

Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude – Having a positive, grateful attitude can work wonders.  Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life and turns your focus away from negative thoughts. Gratitude can make you happier.

 

Go outside – Taking a walk in a park or on the beach can be so enjoyable. Going out and appreciating nature is great way to care for yourself.

 

 

Get Moving – Exercise is vital to living a healthy life. You don’t have to run marathons – just move. Exercise increases blood flow to your brain. It releases feel-good endorphins which improves your mood and makes you more alert. It’s also a stress reliever and can be an effective way to improve your mental state.

 

Stop and Meditate – Spending as little as five minutes meditating can help calm and make you feel better. A few deep breaths; quiet yourself and you will be refreshed and ready to go. There are several great apps to help you meditate even some with timers.

 

Get Enough Sleep – our bodies need eight hours of sleep but life sometimes gets in the way. Not getting enough affects your well-being and adds to your stress. Getting the right amount of sleep has loads of benefits including letting your body and mind heal, improving your memory and can help you live longer.

 

Better Food Choices – Use the 80 / 20 rule – eat fruits, veggies, lean protein and healthy fats and carbs 80% of the time and you’ll be doing better than most people and your body will thank you.

 

These tips can help you gain the work life balance you need to be recharged and feel good which makes you better able to care for yourself and your patients.

 

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Sep
27
2019

How Your Resume Can Help Make Your Next Interview Great

Your resume begins the interview process. Most clients have you fill out an application, but they seldom review that when they’re meeting you. It’s your resume that they read and use during an interview.

 

So how do you make sure your resume makes you standout and helps you be their choice to hire?

 

First your resume needs to give them an idea of the full scope and depth of your experience, background and knowledge, more than just the basics. But you have to do that in a few pages and not write a novel.

 

It needs to show your potential and any transferable skills and even creativity and that you have qualities to be a great employee who can far exceed their expectations.

 

Remember before you come in they will carefully review your resume, make notes on it and ask questions to get additional information they might need. Your resume helps them create some questions that are unique to you and your experience to find out if you are the person they’re looking for.

 

A few tips to make your resume standout:

  • Simple is always best – no fancy fonts, no weird formatting and no flowery words. Well written text and information telling a future employer who you are. Make it easy to find out what you can do.
  • Use bullet points for your experience and other information. Long paragraphs are boring, hard to read and so people don’t and can miss what experience you have.
  • Beef up your resume by using words like achieved, mentored, trained, saved, expanded, increased, maximized, negotiated – to show work you’ve done and how you exceeded expectations.
  • Leave off personal info like social security number, spouse, kids, pictures and jobs from the early 90s and the 80s.
  • Length – 2 -4 pages works for experienced candidates; 1-2 pages for new grads.

Resume Format – what your resume needs:

  • Objective – I like these when they’re well written, hate them when they’re rambling and say nothing. If you’re going to use one make it short and tell what job you are looking for. No more, no less.
  • Summary of Qualifications – a great way to highlight your best skills and what employers care about – 2-4 well written bullets about your background. Tip – you can tailor to the job description.
  • Education – if you’re a new graduate your education should be before your work experience, if you’re more experienced and have lots of work experience it can go at the end or the beginning; it’s up to you. Include dates of graduation.
  • Work History/Experience – List your most recent position first. Write in the first person – but leave off “I”. So instead of I see – See 15 patients daily……
  • License and Certifications – List national certifications and state licenses that are active or in process.
  • Other – you might want to include associations or volunteer work that relates to the job.

 

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Sep
20
2019

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Job List – September 2019

Advanced Practice Provider Open Jobs List – September 2019

Take a look at our latest Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant job opportunities:

 

Visit http://avasearchgroup.com/Jobs/  for job details and experience requirements.

These are full time Advanced Practice Provider positions:

Cardiology / Cardiovascular

  • Hawaii – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – coastal, 2 hrs from Boston
  • Oregon – Southern Coast – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient


Endocrinology

  • New Mexico – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient – south of Santa Fe – needs  direct endo exp. and insulin pump exp.


Gastroenterology

  • New Mexico- NP or PA – inpatient and outpatient duties – south of Santa Fe

 

Hospitalist / Inpatient

  • Hawaii  – ACNP needed for hospitalist position
  • Maine – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) – 3 /12s – ICU, CVICU, or CVOR exp., coastal city 2 hrs to Boston

 

Neonatal (NNP) 

  • Texas  – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner  – 32 bed unit – near Corpus Christi -Shift: Part- Time (24 hrs), Mixed (rotating weekends)

 

Orthopedics

  • Florida – SW coast, near Fort Myers – PA or NP – Medical device company – training physicians
  • Illinois – Lincoln/Springfield – Physician Assistant – non surgical –handle 100% musculoskeletal injuries
  • Pennsylvania – Northern, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY – Physician Assistant – 2 general ortho surgeons, 1 sports medicine

 

Pain Management  

  • Massachusetts – NP or PA – 1+ year of pain mgmt exp. needed – near Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill

 

Pediatrics

  • Hawaii – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) – mix of deliveries, trauma/surgical patients and psych consults

 

Primary Care / Family / Internal Medicine/ Geriatrics

  • Alaska – outpatient position  – south central Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula
  • Massachusetts – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years of NP or PA exp. – Springfield area
  • New Jersey – See geriatric patients, non profit – Jersey City area
  • New York – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – near Jamestown
  • Pennsylvania – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – Northern, PA
  • Vermont – Primary Care – Adult Medicine, will consider FNP or ANP – New Grads considered – Southeastern, near NH

 

Psychiatric

  • California – Psychiatric NP or PA – Private practice, northern, CA near Redding
  • Hawaii – PMHNP required

 

Surgery

  • Florida – Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – Orlando area
  • New Mexico– Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – south of Santa Fe
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant – Trauma – near Charlotte
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant – Vascular experience required, near Charlotte

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Urology

  • New York – Nurse Practitioner – near Jamestown

 

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Sep
13
2019

Easy Tips To Finish The Year Strong

We all want to have a year filled with accomplishments. It’s the middle of September leaving us about 110 days left in 2019. Wow, time goes by fast. But there’s still time to make an impact.

 

Back in January many of us wrote goals and resolutions. Some are completed while others have been abandoned. That’s okay. Life doesn’t always go the way we want and sometimes we have to make adjustments.

 

The year isn’t over yet and you can get a lot done in 110 days even if your goals have changed.

 

TRY THESE TIPS TO HELP YOU FINISH THE YEAR STRONG:

 

BE WILLING TO CHANGE YOUR FOCUS – Look at what worked and what hasn’t. What needs to change? Slow down for a day or two and see what you need. Then reevaluate and set realistic goals.

 

RECOMMIT – Whether you create new goals or work on ones you made months ago, recommit to them and their completion.

 

LOG YOUR SUCCESS – Review what you have accomplished so far this year. Congratulate yourself for getting things done. Remember how you did it and use those successes to build on and create more success.

 

PLAN – Create a plan by deciding which goals you want the most and are the most likely to   complete in the next 3 1/2 months. Don’t forget down time for holidays and vacations as you plan. Write down the steps required to get it done. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try something different. Finishing strong will take a plan and maybe changing your habits and how you’ve been doing things.

 

ORGANIZE –Look at your desk, files (computer and paper), etc. and get organized and get rid of unnecessary clutter. Clearing your space helps clear your mind to be ready for the challenges ahead.

 

ACTION – Hard part – doing the actual work required to complete the goal. The steps, action and number of days it will take to meet the goal. Stop procrastinating because action is required. Do something every day! Be proactive.

 

SCHEDULE – Create the time required to meet the goals. Set aside the resources (time, money, etc.) so that you can complete your plan of action. Use your phone calendars to help.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY – If you take the time to create a 3 month plan, set up the actions required – be accountable – plain and simple.

 

TAKE CARE – And finally – take care of yourself. It’s hard to finish strong if your body is weak. Eat healthier, get enough sleep and exercise. And have fun.

 

With these tips, you can finish 2019 strong and carry that momentum into 2020.

 

Take a look at our current jobs here: Advanced Practice Provider Jobs

Sep
06
2019

Top 10 Qualities All Advanced Practice Providers Need

What are the top qualities doctors and practice managers look for when they’re hiring a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant?

Despite this being a record time for growth for Advanced Practice Providers it’s still important to show potential employers why you’re the best choice for their team.

 

Top 10 Qualities:

It’s important to know what qualities physicians, practice managers and department managers focus on in the Advanced Practice Providers they want to hire. In addition to your education, certifications and work history employers look for these traits in Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

  1. Communication – Having above average verbal and written skills is a must. You need to be able to speak effectively with your patients. Listening is one of those things we forget to do sometimes but it’s vital for advanced practice providers.
  2. Compassion and Caring – Patients want someone who genuinely cares about them and their loved ones. They want to see a provider who is empathetic to their needs.
  3. Integrity – Employers need Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with ethics and integrity. They require providers who can be trusted to do the right thing at all times.
  4. Hard Worker – Being a successful Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant isn’t easy. It takes physical and mental stamina to handle the long hours on your feet. It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle so you can handle the rigors of the job.
  5. Organized and Detail Oriented – Your day involves seeing patients, writing orders, getting the dosage right and charting your findings. Being accurate is vital. A mistake, even a small one could have consequences for the patient. Good time management and making sure your time is scheduled effectively is important and helps you stay organized.
  6. Upbeat, Enthusiastic Team Player – Enthusiasm is something all Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants need to convey. You want to be the person, who comes to work with a positive, can do attitude. Patients respond to it and so do your coworkers.
  7. Excellent Problem Solver – Having good critical thinking skills and being creative will help you be a top notch problem solver. Medicine is complicated and every patient is different; you need to be a provider willing to find the solution.
  8. Flexible / Adaptable – Medicine has lots of moving parts and you have to be ready for it. Emergencies pop up, doctors change orders, as the Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, you have to be prepared for the unpredictable things that happen during the day and adapt and make the solid decisions.  You need to be able to work with all types of people and to be flexible with schedules too.
  9. Self-Confidence – Be confident in you – your skills, knowledge and abilities. Your confidence is paramount to giving quality patient care. In addition, your self- confidence makes it easy for you to work independently. Physicians trust confident providers. Though confidence doesn’t mean you know it all – so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  10. Resourceful and Knowledgeable – Doing what’s necessary to get the job done. That could mean finding additional resources and information for your patients. You want to be someone who can retain and use the information to help your patients and your practice.

Take the time to evaluate yourself and see your strengths and if any areas need a little work. Being the best provider you can is great for you and your patients.

 

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Aug
30
2019

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day celebrates and honors the achievements of American Workers. Originally celebrated May 1, it is now celebrated on the First Monday in September.

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein

Happy Labor Day from AVA Search Group!

Aug
23
2019

The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude

John Quincy Adams said:

Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.

 

Anytime is a great time to remember about being grateful. When you have a hard day at work with everything seeming to go wrong or when things are not going exactly like you want, being grateful is a good idea.

Why? It can lead you to a different outlook and that can make you happier. The feelings say something about your connection to the people around you. Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants help people daily by offering guidance, information and care.

 

How Gratitude helps:

Reminds you – Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life – it’s easy to forget them but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.

 

Focus  – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.

 

It can make you happier – focusing on the positive, changes your thinking and your outlook – that’s a good thing. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.

 

Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.

 

 

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

 

Gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference in your personal and professional life.

Aug
16
2019

Advanced Practice Provider Jobs List – August 2019

Advanced Practice Provider Open Jobs List – August 2019

Take a look at our latest Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant job opportunities:

 

Visit http://avasearchgroup.com/Jobs/  for job details and experience requirements.

These are full time Advanced Practice Provider positions:

Cardiology / Cardiovascular

  • Hawaii – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)  – 2 positions
  • Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – coastal, 2 hrs from Boston
  • Oregon – Southern Coast – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient


Endocrinology

  • New Mexico – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient – south of Santa Fe


Gastroenterology

  • New Mexico- NP or PA – inpatient and outpatient duties – south of Santa Fe

 

Hospitalist / Inpatient

  • Maine – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) – 3 /12s – ICU, CVICU, or CVOR exp., coastal city 2 hrs to Boston

 

Neonatal (NNP) 

  • Texas  – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner  – 32 bed unit – near Corpus Christi -Shift: Part- Time (24 hrs), Mixed (rotating weekends)

 

Neurosurgery

  • Maryland – Physician Assistant – Neurosurgery – New grads considered  – near Hancock and Hagerstown

 

Orthopedics

  • Florida – SW coast, near Fort Myers – PA or NP – Medical device company – training physicians
  • Illinois – Lincoln/Springfield – Physician Assistant – non surgical –handle 100% musculoskeletal injuries
  • Pennsylvania – Northern, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY – Physician Assistant – 2 general ortho surgeons, 1 sports medicine

 

Pain Management  

  • Massachusetts – NP or PA – 1+ year of pain mgmt exp. needed – near Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill

 

Palliative Care

  • Indiana – Palliative care program caring for patients in their homes; will consider New Grads – Marion/Kokomo area

 

Pediatrics

  • Hawaii – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – mix of deliveries, trauma/surgical patients and psych consults

 

Primary Care / Family / Internal Medicine

  • Massachusetts – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years of NP or PA exp. – Springfield area
  • New York – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – near Jamestown
  • Pennsylvania – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – Northern, PA
  • Vermont – Primary Care – Adult Medicine, will consider FNP or ANP – New Grads considered – Southeastern, near NH

 

Psychiatric

  • California – Psychiatric NP or PA – Private practice, northern, CA near Redding

 

Surgery

  • Florida – Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – Orlando area
  • New Mexico– Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – south of Santa Fe
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant – Trauma – near Charlotte

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Urology

  • New York – Nurse Practitioner – near Jamestown

 

Review details of our current Advanced Practice Provider Jobs

Aug
09
2019

How Daily Exercise Fuels Your Productivity

How Daily Exercise fuels your productivity

The benefits of regular exercise include weight loss and being in better shape, but it can also increase your productivity at work. Exercise increases blood flow to your brain. It releases feel-good endorphins which improves your mood and makes you more alert. Several studies of employees, who exercise versus those who didn’t, showed that their concentration was better and it improved their work performance.

 

Here are 4 reasons that exercise improves your productivity.

  • Energy – feeling more alert and ready to go can make a real difference in the amount and quality of your work.
  • Mood – exercise improves your mood, making tasks, even the ones you don’t like easier to do.  A better mood gives you a better outlook on your day.
  • Stress Reliever –  regular exercise can reduce the level of stress hormones while the serotonin your brain releases make you feel happier, more content.
  • Mental Health – exercise can reduce negative thoughts, anxiety and depression. It’s an effective way improve your mental health.

And exercise doesn’t have to mean a long workout; it can be walking for 20 minutes, a yoga class or a bike ride. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a difference. So get moving and get more done and feel better doing it.

 

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