How to help the victims of Hurricane Florence and not get scammed

After getting through Hurricane Irma, I know firsthand what a hurricane can do to your life. No electricity for days can mean hundreds of dollars of wasted food. Hunting for gas and long lines, piles of dirty clothes, no fence, messy yard – it never seems to end. And it can take months to get everything back to “normal”.


Knowing strangers care about you does much more than you think.


First thing – make sure you’re working with real charities.

  • Be wary of charities that seem to suddenly appear in the wake of hurricane disasters.
  • Check out Charity Navigator which has a page listing highly rated charities for hurricane victims. Many have ties to the community Also Charity Watch lets you check if a charity is rated or accredited.
  • Better Business Bureau is also a good way to check and see if the business is established.

Here are some local and national suggestions to help the people of North and South Carolina hit by the hurricane.

Global Giving is one to consider. The fund works with local organization to provide help to survivors offering emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine and long term recovery assistance.


North Carolina set up a site to donate to the recovery needed.


South Carolina – has a site set for recovery efforts that helps fund non profits and was created by the former governor.


Donors Choose – is accepting cash donations to help teachers care for their students and restock their classrooms.


Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – They note that for every $10 you give, the Food Bank can provide 50 meals.


Salvation Army – you can make a donation on their site.


Red Cross – you can donate money on their website and they always need volunteers.


Great story of a 4 year old girl named Florence, helping the victims of the Hurricane that bears her name.


5 Steps to Finish Your Year Strong

It’s September and we have about 100 days left in 2018. We’ve written goals and resolutions. Some of us are farther along than others this year. But the year isn’t over yet and 100 days can be plenty of time to finish your year strong.

Here are some tips to help you finish 2018 strong:

Review – take the time and review what you wanted to accomplish in 2018. Log your successes first and then write down what you still want to get done. Look at what’s worked and what hasn’t.


Plan – decide which are the things you are most likely to be able 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.


Action – hard part – the actual work required to complete the goal. What steps, action and number of days it will take to meet the goal. Stop procrastinating, 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.


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


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



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


Personal Branding – How To Build A Positive Social Media Footprint

Your personal brand plays a large part in your professional world. Today most companies use social media as a big tool in hiring. What you post on social media can help make or break that new job that you have been looking at. Use these tips to help make your social media accounts stand out.

Do Not Erase Social Media

A lot of people’s first thought when they are looking to get a new job or a promotion is to wipe their social media account. Completely getting rid of it or remove all of the content from the account: This is the last thing that you want to do. Data miners, those who look for your data on the internet have ways of finding things that have been recently removed and will use these if your social media presence is gone or bare.

Instead of deleting your whole account, target the posts that you think are the worst offenders.

Social Media is Personal Marketing

Social media is a way to market yourself. Fill out your profile thoroughly so that people know what you like and it shows that there is real content behind you. It also shows potential employers that you take things seriously.

A social media profile should make you appealing to everyone, not just friends.

Think Before Posting

Before you post anything you should think first. Pictures of you partying, posts with negative text, and fights between friends are not good things to have on your social media accounts. Take a second before posting anything and ask yourself is this something that would be okay for current or future employers to see?

Don’t forget to ask your friends to help you by not posting negative content of you and not tagging you on negative content.

Update Regularly and Engage

Potential employers want to know that you’re an active person. When you post content regularly it helps to show this, so does regularly engaging your friends. Commenting on photos, tagging people, and getting people to comment on your photos shows people that you don’t just go home and sit alone. Even executives and smart people need releases from work and you are expected to have yours.


The most important thing to take away from this is to make your social media profile a reflection of you in the digital world. It should be both professional and social. Also make sure that your page does not appear artificial, this makes people question who you are. Once you start, don’t forget to be consistent. Every brand, including your personal brand needs to be consistent.


Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Salaries

Knowing what the market and salary range you can expect is important whether you’re job hunting or in negotiation for a raise. There are many sources to figure out salaries including various salary surveys, asking friends (not always reliable), and articles and sites online. A sometimes forgotten source is The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that publishes wages for just about every job we have.

Take a look at their recent published salary data they gathered for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.


Wonder where your salary lands?


National Salary Estimates / Mean Wage Estimates:


Physician Assistants Salaries:


Employment    Employment
  Mean hourly
  Mean annual
  Wage RSE   
109,220    1.4 %   $50.37   $104,760   0.4 %


Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile   10%   25%
   75%   90%
Hourly Wage   $32.01   $42.30   $50.41   $59.71   $70.32
Annual Wage  $66,590  $87,980  $104,860  $124,200  $146,260



Nurse Practitioners Salaries:


Employment   Employment
  Mean hourly
  Mean annual
  Wage RSE
  166,280   1.3 %   $51.68   $107,480   0.4 %



Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10%   25%     50%
  75%  90%
Hourly Wage  $35.98  $42.70  $49.94   $59.17   $70.01

Annual Wage











The Salary Reports by the BLS also include:

  • Industry profiles – work locations physician offices, hospitals, etc.
  • Geographic profiles – including information with the most PA and NPs, Hourly mean and Annual Salary mean
  • Geographic profiles also includes: top paying states, metro areas and non metro areas.
  • In addition, you can review past salary reports.


To read the full Salary Reports:

Full Report – Physician Assistant


Full Report – Nurse Practitioner


Hopefully this information is helpful.





National Dog Day August 26th

Sunday is National Dog Day. #NationalDogDay It celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure.


The day was founded in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige, the day honors dogs for all that they do to enrich our lives and communities.


Today, I’m going to celebrate my canine girls – Luna and Penny who are the office mascots.


Pictured as they watched the royal wedding in May and not loving those crowns.



Luna is my 7 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi (the one without a tail). She’s a rescue from Sunshine Corgi Rescue. Last place finisher in the recent corgi races in Tampa and all around funny girl. She is known as Luna the lunatic. She’s a bundle of happiness that doesn’t walk when she can run and loves to leap from one piece of furniture to the next. She can hold her own when she wrestles and plays. She loves being in the office during day and relishes her position as office mascot. She’s a corgi, so of course she thinks she’s the boss. She makes us laugh everyday!








Penny will be 11 in November and is the best dog I’ve ever had. She’s a golden retriever, so sweet, loving is in her nature. She’s also a big golden goof ball.

But her extra superpower – is knowing when you need her. She’s a therapy dog who visits an assisted living and Alzheimer unit every Friday at lunch. She arrives like she owns the joint and greets residents as they leave the dining room with a wagging tail. They wait on line for her paw and a shake from her. She gives long loving looks and makes each person she meets feel special. She’s regularly told that she’s the best thing of someone’s week. Smiles, wags and joy. There have been times when she sensed someone wasn’t doing well and gave that person extra attention and care.


And she’s a reading dog at the library to help children be better readers. She is extraordinary.




Dogs are glorious creatures. So hug your dog today or if you need one, visit a local shelter and adopt. You’ll be glad you did.


Happy National Dog Day.

“Dog is God spelled backward.”Duane Chapman


How to Get Noticed During Your Job Search

Whether you are searching for your first position out of school, or are looking to explore and expand your specialty experience, the following tips will help you organize your Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant job search so that you’ll be noticed and stand out from the crowd.

Tips to getting noticed during your Advanced Practice Provider Job Search

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Get Organized

It is likely that the vast majority of your job search will be completed online. Almost all healthcare facilities require you to apply online.

  • Create a spreadsheet to keep track of where you’ve sent your resume and login information
  • Create a few follow up templates to respond to jobs, request for more information, etc.
  • Block time to job search every day. Finding a new job is a job, so be sure to make time for it.
  • Also keep track of details such as which companies you have heard back from, who you spoke to, the date of all communication, and the outcome of each application and interview.
  • Designate an area so you can keep track of what you’re doing
  • Have a hard copy file for papers, etc.
  • Be sure your credentialing documents are up to date


Update and optimize your Provider resume

You want your resume to be strong. When updating your resume be sure to consider other factors including:

  • Accolades and Accomplishments
  • Any new job responsibilities and duties
  • Measurable Achievements
  • Be willing to update your resume  based on the job description as needed

Check out my post for helpful tips on creating a resume that makes it off the pile. Remember your resume must sell you and your experience, skills and background. You have to show them what you bring to the table.


Determine Your Career Goals

Now it is time to consider what your specific goals are. For example, if you’re a new grad you might be looking for anyone who will hire you but still you have an idea of what you want your first job to look like. More experienced NPs or PAs may be searching for positions in a specific specialty or to increase their skills in their current area of specialty.


Other things to consider: how far you are willing to commute to and from work; if you’re willing to relocate; your shift preference and of course your salary requirements.


Networking and Research

Who do you want to work for? It’s a good idea to make a list of hospitals, practices, physicians you want to work with and then research if they are looking to hire.


One the most effective ways to find a new job is networking. Reach out to friends and professionals who know the quality of your work. Selectively, tell people that you might be considering a change for the right opportunity. Talk to people you know at the companies where you want to work. Remember to ask that they respect your privacy, so your current employer does not find out. Other sources to network with – individuals you have come across over the years, colleagues from NP or PA school, your clinical rotations, during training, at professional events, and at networking events.


Being organized will make your job search less stressful and help as you successfully navigate your Advanced Practice Provider job search.


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


Salary Negotiation Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants


As a Advanced Practice Provider, when you get to salary and contract negotiations, it’s important to be ready and knowledgeable.


You need to be firm, diplomatic and detailed.  You should know what you want but ask for it in a way that will help you get it. And remember negotiations are a two-way street both sides usually wind up giving and getting.employment contract negotiating


Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants during salary negotiations:

Research – know the market and know your worth. Check out recent salary surveys, find out the regional differences, the salary range for your years of experience and medical specialty. It helps to know what you’re worth before you get started.


Your attitude matters. Resist being too pushy or combative. It’s fine to be assertive but stay respectful. Be firm in your request (don’t demand). Be positive and flexible.


Be clear – good communication is so important when discussing salary, benefits, etc. Don’t be vague when specifics are required. Clearly express your requirements, failing to do so can slow down the process or even turn the employer off. Effective communication is the key.



Know your bottom line figure – The amount that will make you happy. Be realistic and take into account – benefits, quality of life (a job that is a day shift might pay less than an ER job but having a home life might just be worth it).




Practice –  You don’t negotiate every day, so work on the pitch so that you’re comfortable with your reasons, the amount you’re asking for and you’re not tentative. Practice makes perfect.


The process of negotiating requires time and effort. Be prepared not to get everything you want but know what you’re willing to be flexible on. When it’s over both parties should be satisfied and happy about the next chapter in the practice and for you the provider.


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How to Turn Down a Job Offer

turn down job offer

You gone on several interviews and finally you get a job offer, except it’s not with the hospital or practice you want. How do you turn the offer and not burn bridges?


Let’s take a look on some tips on how to turn down a job offer:


Be Polite
It should be obvious that you need to be polite but there’s another reason to consider. The world may be big but your world is small and networked. The people that you’ve interviewed with may be connected to people who you may encounter or work with in the future. A polite decline will ensure you don’t burn bridges.


Be Honest
It’s important that you are honest with the company when you decline their offer. If you’re taking another job, say so (you don’t have to give them every detail, though). If you decided to stay put (sometimes the grass isn’t greener), say that. And if you didn’t like the job or the company, a nice way of putting it is: I just don’t feel the position is the right fit for me now. And that’s true.


Be Brief
There is no need to ramble on and on about why you are not taking the job. Keep your explanation brief. No need to give details about all the things you didn’t like or the red flags you noticed. That is, unless they ask. If they do ask, make sure that you keep it professional and be brief.


Be Friendly
Wish them the best of luck in finding the right candidate, and thank them. Common courtesies are always a good thing. Oh, if you have a referral of someone who might be great for the job, tell them.


Use Email as a last resort

The best way to decline an offer is to call and tell them. However, sometimes that isn’t possible –  phone tag, they’re out of town, etc. In these cases, write a well written email briefly explaining your reasons for declining the offer.



Turning down a job offer might not always be easy but is the right thing to do if you feel the job is not right for you. Remember these tips and soon you will be accepting the right offer and moving your career forward.




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.