Advanced Practice Providers

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.



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5 Ways to Stay Positive During Your Job Search

Children are naturally happy and find the positive and joy in everything. As adults, having a positive attitude can be challenging. This can damage several aspects of our day and allows fear and doubt to affect the choices we make, especially choices regarding our careers.


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Searching for a new job is scary. Change is hard. Most people look for ways to avoid it and staying in a job you hate is one of the most common ones, because as I said, change is hard. Often times we get so caught up with our responsibilities that we forget choosing what makes us happy can guides us to the best choices in our life.


How do we make our lives better and happier? It all starts with our attitude. There have been several studies that have shown that our attitude in life has a direct relation to our success and happiness. Being confident and maintaining a positive attitude is key to a successful job search. Everything we do is influenced by our choice of attitude.


Taking steps toward a positive attitude and outlook in your job search


  1. Stay in charge and feel good about yourself – You got this! Feeling good about yourself is a vital key during your job search. Own it and take charge of your outlook. Deciding on a positive attitude and feeling good about yourself is up to you.
  2. Stay away from those negative thoughts – no one wants to be around a downer, sure everyone is allowed a short pity party. But that party needs to end. Focus on what you do best. Job hunting is a roller coaster of emotions, highs and lows. It’s easy to get negative, but fight it. Employers want upbeat people, if you let your negative thoughts and feelings win; you’ll lose out on the opportunity.
  3. Change rocks – don’t be afraid of it. Sure it’s easier to stay with what you’re used it but what if that new job is the thing that changes the trajectory of your life. Embrace change; it’s okay to be a bit uncomfortable you’ll be a better person and provider.
  4. Stick with it – don’t give up if you didn’t get an interview or offer from what you thought was your dream job. It wasn’t. It’s still out there. Stay positive and keep looking.
  5. Your attitude can get you a job – an employer has to choose between two people who equally qualified – who gets the job, the person with the more positive attitude. They see that person as the one, who will gel best with their team, the person who will make their patients feel more comfortable. Your positive attitude is the key to success.


“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Maintain a positive attitude to find the job you want and pursue your passion.


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Tips to building your personal brand

Branding used to just be for companies. Now most of us have a personal brand and it’s important to cultivate it since it plays a large part in the professional world. With companies using the internet as a big tool in hiring, your social media footprint can help make or break that new job that you have been looking at.


Use these tips to help make your social media and your personal branding stand out from all of the rest.


Social Media is Personal Marketing

It’s how people see you and needs a strong narrative. It’s who you are. Your personal brand is the marketing of you. Be genuine and show people the real you. Your hobbies, where you volunteer, your passions and what interest you. Be authentic. Be real. Keep your image consistent across all platforms. This helps you control people’s perception of your personal brand. Your social media profiles should make you appealing to everyone, not just friends.


Cleaning up Social Media

A lot of peoples’ first thought when they are looking to get a new job or a promotion is to wipe their social media accounts and make them squeaky clean. Again, be yourself. But it’s important to be sure your social media sites are not offensive, so target the posts that you think are the worst offenders and get rid of them.


Think Before Posting

Before you post anything on your social media page – you should think first. Pictures of you partying, posts with negative text, and fights between friends are not good things to have on your sites. Take a second before posting anything and ask yourself is this something that would be okay for future employers to see? Remember every post should contribute to your personal brand and not take away from it.


Update Regularly and Engage

Posting content regularly is important in building your personal brand. It’s good to comment on articles or discussions with our insights. Be responsive and engage. Post appropriate and fun images and videos. Give people a reason to remember you and make personal connections.


The most important thing to remember in building a personal brand is to make your social media profiles a true reflection of you. They should be professional, social and authentic.  Once you start, don’t forget your personal brand needs to be consistent.

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As you start or continue with your job search – remember that you are your best advocate. As you meet prospective employers and new contacts, you know the information that bests represent yourself to them. And don’t be afraid to show it!

A well written resume can make you look good on paper but it’s your interactions with people that show them who you truly are. Your goals, successes and passions. What makes you tick and how that might work for their company.

So what are some of the best ways to do this?
• First, take some time and review your experience and successes. Write down 2-3 of your best and create a short narrative about them. Show specific examples of how the success has helped you develop professionally. Practice it so you can comfortably tell your stories to potential employers.
• As you prepare for your interview – review the ad again and know which of your skills they need and how your skills measure up. Since it’s easy to forget things when you’re nervous; it’s a great idea to create a cheat sheet of the skills that match the job and to keep it handy for phone interviews.
• During the interview, as you discuss the job, talk about your specific experiences that relate to the job. And if you don’t have all the skills needed, show them which of your skills/experience could translate and work in their environment.
• Being confident and secure is a plus. It’s okay to brag as long as you don’t go overboard. It’s fine to tell them about things you’ve done that set your apart. Be proud and share your accomplishments.

And never forget – no one can tell your story or explain your background, skills and experience better than you can.

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Glass half full verse glass half empty. It’s not what happens to us in
life that determines our happiness as much as how we react to what happens.

Aristotle said – Happiness depends upon ourselves.

You lose your job, instead of freaking out – you take your husband out to dinner and celebrate your new life.

Life doesn’t always go the way we want but it’s how we choose to deal with it that makes all the difference. Do we choose to be happy or not?

Being happy and staying happy takes work. It can be a challenge when things are going badly to find something good. You have to be determined.

Some things happy people do:

• They look for good, instead of finding the bad.
• They dream big!
• They take care of themselves – eat well and exercise.
• They have an attitude of gratitude – be grateful for everything.
• They don’t dwell on the little things, the small stuff.
• They have good friends – upbeat, optimistic people.

Being happy is hard work. It a decision you make. You don’t arrive at happiness like a destination; it’s all around you. You just have to choose to see it.

Life is short so each of us has to decide to make the most of what we have.

An Indian guru said – “I will give you the secret. If you want to be happy – BE HAPPY!”

Let’s all do just that…. Be Happy.