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Advanced Practice Nurse Careers

Advanced Practice Nurse Careers

What is an Advanced Practice Nurse?

An advanced practice nurse (APN) is a nurse with a masters, post masters or a doctoral degree in nursing specialty. They help to meet the demand of specialty healthcare practitioners in areas under-served by physicians especially in the rural areas as they can practice medicine without being supervised by a physician.

There are four types of advanced practice that represent the highest level of specialization in a nursing career, namely: nurse practitioners, nurse mid wives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists.

  • Nurse Practitioners

    This is the most common type of advanced practice nurse, they represent over half of APN. They are qualified to provide a wide range of acute and primary health care services and can diagnose as well as treat medical conditions similar to those performed by a physician including writing prescription.

    To become a nurse practitioner, students need a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) or a post masters in any of the following specialties:

    • Women's health
    • Mental or psychiatric health
    • Pediatrics
    • Neonatal Care
    • Acute Care
    • Family Practice
    • Adult Practice

    Licensing in each state varies and includes different titles such as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), Licensed Nurse Practitioner (LNP) and Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP). All states apart from Indiana, Kansas and California from 2012 require nurse practitioners to be certified by a national certifying organization of nurses.

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

    While a nurse practitioner provides primary health care to patients, a clinical nurse specialist works in a more specialized area of nursing practice. A CNS is responsible for diagnosis and treatment of health or illness states, health promotion, disease management and prevention of illnesses among communities, groups, families and individuals.

    Each state has its own requirements when it comes to licensing of clinical Nurse Specialist that often involves a master's degree and certification as a clinical nurse specialist.

  • Nurse-Midwife

    Nurse midwives are responsible for providing health care to women above adolescent. In addition to this, they provide family planning and gynecological services including postpartum care, childbirth, pregnancy and family planning services. They can also treat men for sexually transmitted diseases.

    To become a nurse mid wife requires students should complete a graduate program which involves taking an examination offered by AMCB (American Midwifery Certification Board).

  • Nurse Anesthetist

    These are advanced practice nurses qualified to administer anesthesia for surgery or any other procedure as well as provide pre and post surgery care.

    To become a nurse anesthetist, students should complete a graduate program that prepares them to become a (CRNA) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist through the NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists).

Advanced Practice Nurse Midwife
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What is the Need for Advanced Practice Nursing?

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How to Find the Right Job (Part 2 of 3)

How to Find the Right Job (Part 2 of 3)
FOR JOB SEEKERS: This is the second in a three-part series of articles about the job search process, and the most effective way to find the right job for you. In the second article, Vanessa Romero of Neuvoo describes the role and function job aggregators and the differences between a job aggregator and a job board. The first article of this series can be read here.


As noted in Part 1, our goal is to identify the best ways to locate a good, well-paid and full-of-benefits job in our job-seeking process. While we are at it, we will find tons of staffing agencies, thousands of job boards, millions of companies. So, how do I find the right job?

There is no right answer to that question because there are just different ways to get to the same objective, so let’s keep going and explain how each of these paths work so you can choose the right one for you.

It is now time to talk about job boards and job aggregators.

First of all, what is the difference between a job board and a job aggregator? Well, there is a slight but important difference.

A job board is a website that has an amount of job postings of their clients, that is, different companies pay different job boards to have their vacancies posted online.

On the other hand, a job aggregator is a website that looks like a job board, but it is not. A job aggregator actually takes vacancies from different job boards, companies’ websites and basically any -real- job site they can find on the web, they are a search engine, but only for jobs, that’s why they have the highest number of jobs on the web.

That could make you wonder: why do job boards continue to exist, if job aggregators have everything in one place? Because most job boards have the niche of good clients, some of them are even specialized and trusted brands. Furthermore, some job boards have candidates’ databases, making them more appealing for companies and staffing agencies.

In terms of job aggregators and job boards, where should I look for a job? Well, that is an easy question to answer, a job aggregator will always be the best choice. They have millions of job vacancies in one place and a big advantage is they have the most popular companies and fields indexed.

If your field is less known or requires a high level of studies/experience, and you can’t find what you are looking for in the job aggregator, then you should consider a specialized job boards.

Resume Preparation

In addition, don’t forget to upload the most updated version of your résumé onto the most popular job boards -- the ones you trust -- so you get more visibility for recruiters and companies’ hiring managers.

Finally, when it comes to job aggregators, you can always check Neuvoo’s vacancies in your part of world through the link below.

Begin your job search here:


Vanessa Romero / NEUVOO
Country Manager US/CA
[email protected]


Millennials in the Workplace

Millennials in the Workplace
FOR HIRING MANAGERS: Many businesses are hesitant to hire millennials because of a reputation they have gotten as lazy or uncaring workers. For businesses looking to hire young talent, this article gives suggestions on how to find the best young employees to bring in as a part of their teams. The author covers the importance of looking beyond college degrees, taking work history into account, offering competitive pay, and she suggests looking for young freelancers as potential recruits.


Millennials have acquired a strange dual reputation in the workforce. On one hand, being products of a highly technologically savvy generation, millennial workers often have skill sets that are completely foreign to older workers but which are vitally important to modern business. On the other, however, many businesses have hired the wrong workers from this generation and have found that they were unprepared for the responsibilities that were assigned to them, giving millennials a reputation of being lazy workers. If you want to find the best young talent for your business, you need to learn to find the millennial employees who will work hard and deliver only the best for you and your business. Here are a few tips for finding the top young employees.

Millennials in the US Workforce
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Look Beyond the College Degree

For many decades, the kinds of jobs that someone could get were determined largely by the degree (or lack thereof) that that person held. In the modern world, however, this idea is quickly becoming archaic. While college education is still an excellent way to learn relevant job skills, it is no longer the only way. Many talented potential employees in the millennial generation have learned their skills on their own, so don't make your hiring judgment based solely on a candidate's formal education. Hire based on skills, not on degrees.

Pay Especially Close Attention to Work History

Some, though certainly not all, millennials go into the job market right out of college never having held a job before. While this shouldn't automatically disqualify them from joining your business team, finding an employee with a favorable work history is very important. Ideally, you should look for someone who was able to put some of the skills that they learned in their studies to work in a real-world context at the same time. Many colleges offer work programs that match students with businesses that offer jobs or internships in area related to various fields of study. Finding a millennial worker who has put his or her knowledge to work in the real world is critical, as it shows you that that person's knowledge and skills are practical, rather than just theoretical.

Don't be Afraid to Pay Well and
Offer Competitive Benefits

Following four or more years of college, millennials are often frustrated to discover that the businesses in their chosen fields are trying to hire them for unrealistically low wages. A large part of this is driven by the common perception that many younger workers are lazy and so may not be worth high wages. However, you can turn this to your own advantage when it comes to hiring millennials. If the position you are offering in your business offers decent pay and real benefits, it will attract highly skilled millennial employees who are discouraged by the lack of competitive pay that most companies will offer them.

Look for Freelancers

While having a freelance contractor working for you may not be part of your business model, do not rule out the value of offering freelance work as a recruiting tool for driven young workers. Many enterprising millennials, when they cannot find a job in their field, create one instead by offering their services as freelance workers. If you want to find hard-working, talented young people to bring into your company, these freelancers can be a great option. Hiring a freelancer to do one task for you gives you a chance to test him or her out as a worker. Afterwards, you can use that initial interaction as a platform from which to recruit that freelancer into your organization if you are satisfied with the work he or she has already done for you.

The Bottom Line

Separating the most talented young workers from the crowd can be difficult, but will also be a great boon to your business if done properly. Finding young workers can help you to keep your business up to date and bring in the best talent of the new generation. By learning how to find great millennial workers, you can open your business up to a whole new generation of leadership and innovation.

How to Find the Right Job Part 1

How to Find the Right Job Part 1
FOR JOB SEEKERS: This is the first of a three-part series of articles about the job search process, and the most effective way to find the right job for you. In this first article, Vanessa Romero of Neuvoo describes the role and function of staffing agencies.


During the job seeking process, we have always wondered what the best way to find a good, well-paid and full-of-benefits job is.

While we are at it, we will find tons of staffing agencies, thousands of job boards, millions of companies. So, how do I find the right job?

There is no right answer to that question because there are just different ways to get to the same objective, so let’s start by explaining how each of these paths works and that way you can choose the right one for you.

JobsLet’s begin with staffing firms, how they work, and how they can help you find a good job. Staffing agencies are companies that work -- really hard -- to help corporations find good employees, and help job-seekers find good jobs. They have many recruiters that are calling candidates most of the time, offering jobs and placing people. These companies make money through the candidates’ salaries, that is, they keep a percentage of the salary for themselves. Therefore, when you get hired through a staffing firm, you are actually working for the staffing firm, not for the company you get selected to work for. This is important to take into consideration because whenever a recruiter calls you, they are basically offering you a job in the firm. They are the ones that actually pay you and, if you get fired, the company loses too.

Thus, why would I want to receive a phone call from a recruiter? Well, a staffing firm is like a real estate agent: they have the best deals. Companies usually considerate the candidates from staffing firms first because they already know their salary expectations, they have already been pre-qualified and they –usually– have the best resumes. Therefore, part of the recruitment and selection process is already done.

So, what do I do when I receive a call from a recruiter? Take it! It will not take more than 10 minutes and it could be the job you’ve been looking for, even if you are happy in your current job, you don’t know if you could be happier in a new one.

During the call, they will qualify you according to your experience and skills, do not give out any personal information. However, it is likely you will stand out if you explain in detail your job experience. The recruiter will describe the type of job (contract, contract to hire or direct hire), and negotiate with you. Wait for them to make an offer, and if you think it’s too low, raise it, make a counter offer, it is likely they can offer a bit more. If you are really interested, go ahead and take the next step: ask for what you think you need during the interview, companies will pay what’s right for a perfectly qualified candidate, so don’t waste the opportunity on money issues, but let the recruiter know how much you are willing to accept.

Bottom line, staffing agencies work to find good jobs for you, they are employers and they get the best offers. It is always good to check their vacancies on the job boards and, whenever you receive a call from them, take it, it could be your dream job calling.

Begin your job search here: Neuvoo

Vanessa Romero / NEUVOO
Country Manager US/CA
[email protected]

Six Figure Jobs in Finance

Six Figure Jobs in Finance

Executives make a lot of money, so expectations of $100K positions seem to be consistent with executive job seekers. Careers in finance are some of the primary pathways both to executive jobs and six figure salaries. Of course, not all finance jobs are directed at the executive suite, but in business, government and academia, finance expertise pays well.

The 5 Highest-Paying Jobs in Finance

Within the business field, jobs in the finance sector are lucrative. According to 2011 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the average salaried worker with a bachelor's degree in business earned $62,000 annually. Salaries can be even higher for specific finance jobs; the highest-paying jobs in finance can pay close to or above six figures annually. Learn about five of these jobs here.

Personal Financial Advisers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the typical personal financial adviser earns $108,090 per year. Personal financial advisers usually need at least a bachelor's degree in finance, business, economics, or a similar field of study, and they must pass relevant licensure and certification examinations in their state. These professionals work with individuals and families and provide them with advice regarding investments, retirement planning, taxes, and insurance. They also research investments and monitor the stock market so they can make informed recommendations to clients. Financial advisers are responsible for assisting their clients with investing their money, and they provide regular updates regarding the performance of investments.


Salaries are above the six-figure mark for actuaries, who earn an average of $110,090 annually, per the BLS. You can enter this field with a bachelor's degree in mathematics or statistics; some colleges even offer a program specifically in actuarial science. Actuaries are also required to pass a series of professional examinations. Most work in the insurance industry, performing statistical calculations to determine the risks of and costs associated with events such as illnesses, accidents, and death. Actuaries use their calculations to design and monitor insurance programs, and they may also be responsible for determining the costs of insurance policies.

College Professors

Professors who teach finance courses within the business department at a college or university can expect to earn $88,740 per year, as reported by the BLS. Most collegiate level instructors have a doctoral degree in their field of study. In addition to preparing for and giving lectures, finance professors assign and grade papers and projects, score exams, and meet with students outside of class for consultation. They may also perform research for the college or university that employs them.

Financial Managers

Per BLS reports, financial managers are some of the highest-paid professionals in the finance industry, with average annual earnings of $130,230. Financial managers need a bachelor's degree in a field such as business or finance, as well as several years of career experience. Job prospects are better for those with a master's degree in business administration (MBA). Once employed, financial managers provide supervision to other employees in the finance department, compile and review an organization's financial reports, design and monitor the organization's budget, and ensure that the organization complies with laws and meets its financial goals. Financial managers may also develop plans for increasing profits and revenue.


Economists can expect to earn slightly over six figures, with an average yearly salary of $105,290, per the BLS. Job prospects are best for those with a master's or doctoral degree in economics. Economists are usually employed by government agencies, research institutions, and major corporations. They perform research, collect data, and carry out surveys regarding economic topics such as unemployment, wages, productivity, and consumer demand. Economists use survey and research results to produce reports and to provide guidance to governments and corporations. They may also publish articles in newspapers and academic journals.

Economists are just one of several types of finance professionals who enjoy above-average earnings. Those who choose to enter the finance field will be presented with ample high-paying job opportunities, in fields such as actuarial science and financial management. With the proper education and valuable work experience, finance professionals are sure to advance their careers and earn a lucrative salary


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Executive Job Seeking, 2016, Six-Figure Jobs in Finance, on the Internet at (visited June 13th, 2024).