Whether the server isn't responding or the computer has a glitch, technology challenges frustrate students and instructors alike, taking the focus off learning. Be sure that students know what level of technology is necessary to participate in and complete the online course, including specific browsers or computer programs. Enlist your campus technology office to help students get online and stay online for your course.
Succeeding in online coursework requires self-motivation and organization. This is important not only for the student, but also for the instructor. Studies reveal that the average time spent preparing for online lectures is similar to the average time it takes to prepare for a traditional lecture, so make time to be ready for your online session. Remind students that online classes aren't quicker or easier than traditional courses; they may actually require more discipline and focus than students expect. Offer course orientation (either before the class begins or during the first session), calendar reminders, frequent assignments, and occasional e-mails to keep students organized.
Although it's tempting to finish class early by skipping breaks, this isn't an effective strategy. If too much information is imparted at one time, students will lose interest, walk away from the screen, and become disengaged. Students need to stand up and move around occasionally, so give them frequent breaks. Getting a drink or even stepping outside makes a world of difference to engagement. These breaks can be a good time to encourage peer-to-peer interaction through a group chat feature, which positively contributes to student learning.
As a travel nurse, negotiating is extremely important for several reasons. First, you get paid more when you negotiate salary. Researchers from George Mason University and Temple University conducted a study on salary negotiations. They found those who chose to negotiate salary, rather than simply accepting the offer on the table, increased their starting pay by an average of $5,000 per year. It’s important to note that not all the negotiating approaches the researchers studied were successful. But, don’t worry. The negotiation approach we advocate in this article and our free negotiating eBook was most successful. Second, travel nurses must negotiate because bill rates for travel nursing jobs often vary dramatically. These variances can occur for the same jobs at the same hospitals. This means that the potential pay rates for travel nursing jobs can also vary dramatically. The wider the range of outcomes, the more you stand to lose if you do not negotiate. Finally, travel nurses sign contracts that have tons of different clauses. These clauses include the guaranteed hours clause, missed shift penalties, cancellation penalties, non-compete clauses and many others. Find your next travel healthcare job on BluePipes! So, for travel nurses, negotiating is about more than just money. Be sure to review our ultimate travel nursing contract checklist for more on how manage contracts.
MidlevelU is a Nashville, Tennessee based company focused on educating advanced practice providers and the facilities that employ them. Founded by Erin Tolbert, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 11 years of experience participating in an emergency department, MidlevelU works diligently to support NPs and PAs from the beginning of their education throughout their careers. With over 100,000 visitors to its blog each month, its featured content includes a wide variety of topics ranging from legal issues and clinical tips to career advice and helpful information for new graduates. Simply put, MidlevelU strives to be the best, most trusted resource for the advanced practice community by providing the most helpful information possible.
Dr. Melissa DeCapua (PMHNP, DNP) is a nurse practitioner, writer, and user researcher for Microsoft who advocates for NPs through her blog. Starting her career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Melissa discovered the field of user research through her medical advisory work with Health Innovation Northwest, a Seattle-based non-profit. Her blog is a unique blend of information about nurse practitioner issues, psychiatry, and health technology.
Brett Badgley Snodgrass, a.k.a. “The NP Mom”, is a family nurse practitioner in Memphis Tennessee who also runs a consulting business. Her blog has posts stretching all the way back to 2011 with health information on a variety of conditions such as arthritis, back pain, eating disorders, and skin issues. Although less active lately, Brett announced that she would be reviving the blog soon—so stay tuned!
One challenge many new nurse practitioners face is setting themselves up as a private practice. Not only do nurse practitioners have to navigate the world of health care, they often have to navigate the world of running a business. NPBusiness.org, the website of Barbara C. Phillips (APRN, GNP, FNP-BC FAANP) has all the information a nurse practitioner could need about setting up a business, whether it’s a private practice or a business in the educational, retail, or consulting field.
Nursing Stories is the blog of Marianna Crane, who shares over four decades of experience working as a nurse and nurse practitioner and was one of the very first gerontological nurse practitioners in the 1980s. Through her blog, she tells the stories of the patients she has cared for over the years and her experiences working in a variety of health care settings, from hospitals to nursing homes and schools. She also reflects on her personal experiences with aging and with publishing her book, Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers.
Also geared toward travel nurses, TravelNursing.org’s blog covers topics such as traveling with children, finding housing, safety, and which states/cities are best for travel nurses based on a variety of criteria. If you’re new to the world of travel nursing, the website has a great “Travel Nursing 101” overview.