Dealing with Loss and Mortality as an NNP

How to cope with mortality and come back tomorrow without falling apart.   I still remember the unusual quiet that fell over the unit that morning as I clocked in for my shift. As I walked past the hallway, my eye caught a little butterfly postcard on the door. To [...]

8 Strategies for Adjusting to a New Work Environment

Anyone who has ever started a new job can appreciate how difficult it is to get “settled in.” So much information to absorb; so many new rules, systems, and workarounds to learn. And so little time to get up to speed. Adjusting to a new work environment is downright stressful. [...]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Asking for a Raise

You’ve been on the job for a while now. You frequently receive recognition for the high quality of your work. Your patients adore you; your colleagues respect you. But when it comes to your paycheck, you’re not feeling the love. Or, maybe you found out that a colleague is earning [...]

How to Ask Excellent Questions During an Interview

Congratulations! All your hard work finally paid off: you’ve landed an interview for a neonatal nurse position, at a top-notch facility.   How to land the job Believe it or not, it isn’t the most qualified candidate who lands the job— it’s the one who interviews the best. So, of [...]

Maintaining Confidence During Job Offer Negotiations

From time to time, we all experience fear in our lives. Our hearts flutter when we hear strange noises at night. Our adrenaline surges after a near traffic collision. Our stomachs lurch when our children get into trouble at school. For many, negotiating a job offer can be just as [...]

7 Tips for Building a Strong Relationship With Your New Employer

As a NNP, it’s your nature to demonstrate compassion for your patients and their families. That’s part of your job, and you’re good at it. But compassion and trust need to extend beyond the patient, especially when you are new to a facility. If you want to succeed at your [...]

Navigating the Licensing and Credentialing Process as an NNP

Hi there, my name is Mary McCrady and for the next few minutes, I’ll be your licensing and credentialing sherpa. As Administrative Assistant at ENSEARCH for the past 5+ years, I’ve recently added Licensure & Credentialing Specialist to my job title. In this post, we’ll explore some of the insider [...]

Work-Life Balance Tips for Nurse Practitioners

Let’s face it. The daily life of a NNP is far from easy. In fact, it can be grueling sometimes. You face long shifts, demanding patients and physicians, administrative work, emotional labor...the list goes on. If you don’t take care of yourself — find the proper work/life balance — you’re [...]

How to Know if Your Current Job is the Right Fit

Sometimes it’s not easy for us to be objective when we ask ourselves “is this the job for me?” Taking a step back to view your options realistically is often necessary to ensure you’re at the best fit. The more information you have, the better your perspective will be. Get [...]

Is the DNP Worth It?

There’s been a great deal of controversy over the DNP and how is that different from an MSN program or even a PhD. Do you introduce yourself as a doctor? What’s the role in the unit? If you get your DNP does that mean you are committed/interested in administration or [...]