Transitioning to Nurse Practitioner (NP) Practice Videos

Newly created by the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (FAANP) and special guests, these videos are designed to guide the NP student and post-master's student through the critical moment after graduation — when it's time to decide what's next for your career!

Gain tips to find your perfect job opportunity and succeed in your job interviews; then, learn an NP's scope of practice, licensure and other professional responsibilities.

  • Finding a Job

    Wendy Wright, DNP(c), MSN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP: As the owner of two NP-owned and -operated clinics, Dr. Wright shares her perspective on the job search as both a job seeker and an employer.

    Margaret Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FAANP: Founder, president and principal lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates (FHEA), Dr. Fitzgerald explores NP employment demographics, tips to find job openings and feedback from currently employed NPs.

  • Preparing for Interviews

    Frank Manole, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, FAANP; Irene Woods Bean, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP; and Laura Taylor, invited guest panelist: These three expert panelists discuss the importance of researching the company to which you apply, learning about your potential future coworkers and presenting yourself appropriately during your interview.

  • Contract Negotiations

    Heather Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP: Dr. Johnson offers advice for students entering the workforce and best practices concerning contract negotiations, particularly practice-related considerations.

    Cindy Edwards Tuttle, EMBA, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP: Tuttle provides information on performance-related contract negotiations from the perspective of both a new hire and as an employer — from crafting an effective elevator speech to renewing your contract.

    Meredith Heyde, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP: Drawing upon her background in operational management, Dr. Heyde discusses compensation-related negotiations, including contract length, required hours, scope of practice, salary, benefits and billing considerations.

  • Billing – National Provider Identifier (NPI)

    Lynn Rapsilber, DNP, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP: Dr. Rapsilber explains the importance of obtaining an NPI number, which is a unique identification number issued to health care providers in the U.S. by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

    Joyce M Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, FAANP, FAAN, and Mary Anne Dumas, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP: These two expert panelists discuss why NPs should obtain a DEA number, which helps recognize NPs as providers of care and gives NPs the ability to prescribe medications labeled as controlled substances.

  • Scope of Practice

    Mary Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP: Using her experience working in a restricted practice state, Dr. Smith covers topics such as the importance of networking, learning more about the status of NP practice in your state and understanding the laws governing NP practice in your state.

    Stacia Hays, DNP, CPNP-PC, CCTC, CNE, FAANP: As a past AANP State Representative for Florida (North), Dr. Hays offers a look into scope of practice for NPs, particularly what it means to work in a restricted practice state.

  • Professional Responsibility and Conduct

    Heather Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP: Discussing professional continuing education (CE) responsibilities for NPs, Dr. Johnson helps explain the requirements and stresses the importance of maintaining a proactive approach to obtaining CE.

    Barbara Dehn, RN, MS, NP, FAANP: Dehn, also known as "Nurse Barb," shares why national board certification is critical for NPs, especially when applying for jobs, and discusses professional conduct for NPs at every level and in every position.

    Sheldon Fields, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN: Dr. Fields discusses the importance of being ethical in your role as a nursing student — and practicing NP — and identifies key elements of the Code of Ethics for Nurses.

    April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP: As President Elect of AANP, Dr. Kapu draws upon her own personal experience with social media to share lessons learned and how to best communicate with others online.

    Patricia C. McMullen, PhD, JD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN: Dr. McMullen, who is an NP and an attorney, explains why it's important to have malpractice insurance, the different types of malpractice insurance and considerations to think about as you are transitioning into practice as an NP.