Moving to a new city can be intimidating, but when you couple that with a new job, it can be downright terrifying.
But have no fear. Consider that every day, all around the globe, people are making a similar move. Sometimes it is necessary to leave your comfort zone to achieve a meaningful career change.
If they can do it, we know that you can too!
With NPPA Recruiters, you’ve got an edge over the majority that may not have jobs lined up yet. Our job board offers great nationwide career opportunities for qualified nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
With that being said, consider these things to look for when you arrive at your new home and your new practice.
So You’ve Just Moved Into Your New Place. Now What?
A new city presents a whole bevy of opportunities for the taking. But how do you know which one is right for you?
Well, it all depends on what you like to do on your down time.
- Like Sports?
If you’ve huffed it out at Tough Mudder or ran until your calves burned in 5ks, finding a local gym in your new area can be the launching pad you need to find out about other physical activities or events available.
City halls all across America host sporting events and activities to get their communities more involved. A quick phone call to city hall can usually provide some great information to upcoming sporting events.
- Into Mind Games?
A local library can be your ticket to much more than knowledge.
Local libraries often host book clubs and lots of seminars covering a wide array of topics. It’s also likely to find other types of groups that run events at local libraries like chess or gaming clubs.
Most importantly, a library can be a perfect spot to brush up on some of the knowledge you’ve learned – or gain more certifications—since becoming a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
Most libraries offer free Wi-Fi and have plenty of computers that you can use if the Internet has yet to be installed into your new home.
- Find Local Facebook Groups or Meetups That Cater To Your Hobbies
The Internet is still the place to go to find like minded individuals that may be grouping up in your new area.
Both Facebook and Meetup are valuable tools that a fresh face to the city can use to connect with others with similar interests. For example, typing “local ghost hunting groups” in their respective search bars can reveal a cornucopia of results for the bravest of thrill seekers.
You’ll come to find that whatever your hobbies are, what matters most is networking. People are generally happy to deliver information to newcomers.
“Finding things to do in my spare time is great but I really don’t know much about the city.”
There are, undoubtedly, a number of considerations that one should keep in mind when moving to a new city. From quality of life in your new neighborhood to the quality of schools in the area, there are a number of questions you should answer before moving, including:
- Is your potential home in an area that can be easily flooded?
- What is the crime rate? Is your potential home in a safe area?
- What kind of state taxes are paid?
- Is your potential home near the amenities you need?
- Is your potential home near your work?
- What is the local culture like?
- What is the local education system like?
- What’s the weather like?
- Will you make enough to meet your standard of living?
All of these are really important questions to ask yourself when you find yourself in a new city. It is vital that you are also aware of the cost of living in the city/region you will be moving to. Rural areas tend to be inexpensive in comparison to urban areas.
The majority of answers to these questions can be found with a quick Google search. But if you want to kill two birds with one stone, asking locals can add another person to your network and get you the information that you are seeking.
Also keep in mind that if you are not moving alone, how will moving to this new area affect those coming along with you?
If you can answer all of these questions with positive outcomes, it’s time to start packing!
“Moving sounds fun. The thing is, I’m still relatively new to my role. What should I look for in the workplace?”
As a new nurse practitioner or physician assistant, it simply doesn’t get any better than working in an environment that will provide you with a great support system.
- Find A Terrific Tutor
You can recite specific diagnoses from memory, but when a patient throws you a curve ball with a symptom you’ve never seen or heard of, having a knowledgeable supervisor is a great resource to have.
Ensure that your supervisor is approachable and understanding of your inexperience. As in any learning scenario, a patient tutor is key.
- Review Your Contract Meticulously
Really get down deep into the nooks and crannies of your contract. If there are terms that you don’t agree with, verbalize them to the hiring manager before the move.
A few misunderstood words on a contract can mean a lot of money out of your pocket.
- Study, Study, Study!
Class may have ended but school is never out!
You can find invaluable information and earn CE credits through medical journals. Subscribing to a few of them will keep you current with developing treatment methods, technologies, and general information relative to the medical field.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Find a position that will provide a variety of experiences which will help to reinforce your knowledge base of all things medical.
All of these experiences can aid you later on if you choose to enter into a specialty practice.
- It’s Okay To Take A Break Once In Awhile
No one said that the life of an NP or PA is an easy one.
At times, you are a guiding force, tempered to be strong for your patients during dark times.
But when things get overwhelming, taking a breather. Maintaining a healthy, happy work-life balance is key to providing quality care. Enjoy what your new city has to offer.
What Are You Waiting For? A Whole New Adventure Awaits You Today. NPPA Recruiters Can Get You Started!
Are you looking for a change of scenery? Want to start fresh in a new city?
Heed the call to adventure and check out our job board for nurse practitioner or physician assistant positions waiting for you in an exciting new city!