5 Ways to Be More Productive

We’re all looking for ways to get more done and be more productive.

Follow these tips to make your productivity soar.


Figure out when you’re at your best – I’m a morning person, so I work on my more difficult tasks earlier in the day. If you’re better later in the day, save your tough work for that time. You will have more success and get more done doing the hard stuff when you’re at your best and most alert. On the reverse, don’t waste your best time doing mundane things like emails, etc. Use your most alert time to be more creative and productive.


Stop multi-tasking – our brains don’t like multitasking and we need to stop. There are countless studies proving that it actually affects our IQ! Giving up multitasking will make you more productive. Trying to do two or three things at once means you’re getting very little done. Multitasking wastes time. It’s faster to work and concentrate on one thing, finish it and then start another. Your brain will thank you.




Take a break – most of us sit at our desks and forget to take a break. Ten or fifteen minutes away from your desk will re-energize you and boost your productivity. Breaks improve your focus and concentration. Talk to friend, take a walk or enjoy a cup of tea, something other than working for a few minutes can make a difference in you being productive.


Work in blocks – People who work in blocks of 60 – 90 minutes tend to be more productive researchers have found. It’s easier to focus and get your work done.


Take care of yourself – Exercise, getting enough sleep and healthy eating habits can make a difference. Also being upbeat, optimistic are solid ways to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling good and are healthy, being productive is easier to accomplish.




6 Simple Tips to a Great Conversation

How to have great conversations


There’s nothing better than a great conversation with someone.  That feeling when you know you that you’ve connected can be amazing.


Conversations are basic, a required skill for our daily lives and important to networking in your career. But they can be a challenge sometimes getting starting and keeping the conversation going.


Tips to Better Conversations


Friendly and polite – no one wants to speak with someone who is rude, so it’s important to be respectful when you speaking with people.


Listening – Remember the saying you have two ears and one mouth? Meaning you need to do twice as much listening than talking. Improving your listening skills will improve your conversations.


Ask good questions – Ask open ending questions to allow the person to answer broadly, giving you more information and help expand your conversation.


Tell me more – Employ the tell me more method – asking the person to expand on their thoughts.


Find a common interest – it’s easy to talk to someone about an interest/topic you share. A conversation can go from average to enthusiastic when you know and love a topic.


Be yourself – don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be genuine and open.



The ability to keep conversation going beyond small talk is important and what leads you to have great encounters in your personal and business life.




Qualities to be a great Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Looking for a new job or standing out at your current job; it’s important to know what qualities employers want in Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Good time to be a Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant

With graduation rates up and the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) from 2016 to 2026 reporting that Nurse Practitioners are projected to grow at 31 percent and Physician Assistants are projected to grow at 37 percent, there has never been a better time to practice. USA News and World Reports ranks Physician Assistants #3 and Nurse Practitioners # 4 on their list of 100 Best jobs.


All good signs for Advanced Practice Providers.



What are the qualities of a great Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant?


  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 as advanced practice provider. In the time you have with your patients listen and find out what they need and then use your skills to give the patient the information and education they need.
  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. Employers want to hire providers who convey that compassion to their patients.
  3. Integrity – Ethics and integrity are must haves. Employers need 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 to make it easier to 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. It’s important that you properly record the information. A mistake, even a small one could have consequences for the patient. Good time management and make sure that your time is scheduled effectively.
  6. Upbeat, Enthusiastic Team Player – Enthusiasm should be convey to your work mates and your patients. 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 – Good critical thinking skills and being creative helps 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 need to be prepared for the unpredictable. Being adaptable to make the solid decisions. Be someone who can work with all types of people. Flexibility can also be in terms of schedule, on call schedule.
  9. Self-Confidence – Be confident in you – your skills, knowledge and abilities.  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 – 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.

These traits combined with your education, certifications and work history will keep you on the path of being a great Advanced Practice Provider and ensure your patients get the best care.




Happy July 4th!


On July 4, 1776, after voting for independence on July 2nd, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.



The most famous and well known sentence reads:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


July 4th, has been a federal holiday since 1870 and in 1941, it became a paid federal holiday for federal employees.


It’s a day to celebrate at parades, concerts and fireworks. Many  Americans will celebrate the holiday at picnics or barbecues with family and friends. If you’re hitting the road you won’t be alone. According to AAA over 34 million people will travel  50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.


Whatever you decide – Enjoy.


We wish you a Happy July 4th!



Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant jobs

Physician Assistant Jobs:

Check out these Cardiothoracic Surgery opportunities in Florida and South Carolina.


http://bit.ly/2JFbMPS for more details and to apply for these Physician Assistant jobs.


Both jobs are seeking PA-C candidates with CT surgery and EVH experience. Practices are busy and growing and are looking to hire.




What a Recruiter Sees When They Review Your Resume

Did you know that a recruiter scans a resume for one, maybe two minutes? That’s it. Hardly enough time to learn just how wonderful you are, but it’s all you are probably going to get.


It’s important that your resume is good. Not good, in fancy font or a picture or some weird formatting. Good in information about you. Information and details that tells them who you are, what your skills are and what you offer.


A few reminders: (you’re heard it all before but it never hurts to review)

  • Check your spelling, grammar and format (resumes with large gaps look messy).
  • Be sure your dates are easy to see and your jobs are in chronological order with your current/most recent position first.
  • A summary of qualifications with 2-3 well written bullets can be helpful to quickly see what you bring to the table.
  • Length – 2-3 page resume seems to be the average these days. You don’t have to squeeze it all on one page anymore. However, resume that are five or more pages might need some editing or formatting.
  • Another suggestion is to have more than one resume. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants many times have worked in one or two specialties during their careers. A specialized/focused resume is a great way to highlight that experience. Each resume can concentrate on those specific skills and make it easier for the recruiter or manager to see that you fit their needs.


So many resumes, so little time.

Remember, recruiters look at hundreds of resumes in a week and they know what they need (skills, experience, etc.) If you make it hard to find on your resume; they will look elsewhere. A Recruiter is a company’s first line of defense. They are the ones who forward resumes to the hiring managers. So it’s vital that your resume gets their attention. And that your skills and experience are easy to review.



What do they look for when viewing a resume? 

  1. Your title (what you’re doing now) and where
  2. Your skill set – what are you trained for and what you do and most important how close your background matches their open position. So be sure to have a short paragraph, or better bullets describing some of the work you do daily.  If you’re a new graduate NP or PA, they check what type of clinical rotations you did during school, so be sure they’re listed.
  3. Job History – Stable work history? Job hopper? Do you have progression in title, responsibility?
  4. Certification and state license(s) – Do you have a current state license? Are you certified as a FNP, PNP, ACNP, PA-C, etc. New graduates should note the date of their certification exam if you have it.
  5. Where are you located – are you local or will you need to relocate?
  6. Education – They want to be sure you went to an accredited school and when you graduated.

What can cause a Recruiter to pause when reviewing a resume? (Doesn’t mean they’re not interested; just be ready to answer questions).

  1. Gaps – note if you went to school, volunteering, cared for a sick relative, were raising your kids or even if you traveled for a year.
  2. Short tenure at more than one job – have your response prepared to explain a short job. And don’t forget if you worked contract, locum or interim to add that next the title.

You made it pass the first brief scan of your resume, what’s next?

  1. A more in-depth review of your resume – skills, jobs, experience, etc.
  2. Education – be sure you list the school, dates and type of degree you received.
  3. Your online footprint – There is a good chance they’ll check out your online presence at some point to learn more about you – what do you like to do, volunteer, sports, etc. And if you haven’t – clean up and get rid of anything (pictures, quotes, etc.) that might not be seen as professional.

If they feel you meet enough of the qualifications for the job, your resume is forwarded to the hiring or department manager for review. This is the ultimate goal; get off the desk of the recruiter and in the hands of the decision maker.

A well written resume with real skills, accomplishments and experience will you get more than a passing glance.


Physician Assistant jobs in South Carolina

South Carolina Physician Assistant Jobs:

Are you Physician Assistant ready to make a change? We have South Carolina openings in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Small town life with a bustling city nearby. There is a scenic riverfront, nature trails and parks and it’s a charming college town. And with Charlotte just 20 miles north, you can enjoy cultural events, major league sports, great restaurants, shopping in this growing city and have plenty to do.  

Physician Assistant Openings:

Cardiothoracic Surgery – growing practice is seeking an experienced Physician Assistant to join their team. Work with 2 excellent surgeons. EVH experience is required.


Vascular Surgery – PA-C with vascular surgery experience needed.


Psychiatric – Inpatient unit – Physician Assistant with psychiatric experience, will spend time in the ER as well as the inpatient unit.


For more job details and to APPLY


Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day

In 1966, President Johnson issued a proclamation making the third Sunday in June – Father’s Day. It was made a law in 1972.


How to reduce stress at work

Stress at work is something everyone experiences. We all feel some level of stress during our workday. It  can affect your focus and productivity. So it’s important to find ways to relieve it.



Try these tips to help reduce stress during your day:

  1. Music – listening to music is great way to reduce stress because it soothes you. Create a playlist of calming, happy tunes to listen to while at work.
  2. Walk away and take a break – not taking a few breaks during the day hurts more than helps. You might think you’re being a trooper but you’re not. Working too long can affect your ability to concentrate. So walk away and if you can get some fresh air.
  3. Exercise – regular exercise is important, shoot for 20-30 minutes daily. Also if you can take a short walk during the day or if not stretch for a few minutes at your desk. Exercise is good for the mind and the body!
  4. Eat lunch (not at your desk) – a healthy balanced lunch helps you keep your blood sugar level which keeps your energy up.
  5. Inhale – taking a few deep breaths is a great way to calm you and release the stress. Just inhale and hold for a second or two, then exhale through your nose. Slow and steady.
  6. Smile and try laughing – It doesn’t make much sense but try it. Just smiling can relieve some stress.






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How to prove you’re the right person for the job

On average, most employers interview two to four candidates for an open job before making their final decision.

How to you prove to them that you’re the right person for the job?


Your resume – it needs to be completed with your accomplishments, successes and skills necessary to do the job. Be specific with results, stats and how you contributed. It’s important that you tailor your resume to the job description. Focus on the skills that you have that they need. Make it easy for the employer to see you’re a fit.


Cover letter – a great way to start your introduction is to write a well written cover letter highlighting your talents.  See our blog post on cover letters to ensure you write one that makes you stand out.


Be a great communicator – during your interviews it’s vital that you are able to articulate why you’re the right person. Your responses need to give them a sense of your background but also need to be concise, no rambling, please. You need to be a mix of personable and professional. The goal is to make them like you while also seeing you as part of their team. Other ways to be a good communicator includes timely responses to emails and phone calls. Note: if you have a weird voice mail message change it so that’s it is more professional during the job search.


Be prepared – Check out their website, look for articles to find information so that you’ve thoroughly researched the company.  This makes it easier to ask questions and show your interest in being part of their culture.  Other ways to be prepared is to practice some of your responses to common interview questions like ‘tell me about yourself’ and how you plan on discussing your accomplishments.


Fit in – Show them during the in-person interview that you are the kind of person who will acclimate quickly to the company’s culture and fit in.


By taking steps during each stage of the hiring process, you make it easier for the employer to see that you are the right person for the job.