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  • As employees, we often feel obligated to remain loyal to our employers, even in the face of disturbing trends in our work environment. The process of recognizing that it may be time to move on from your current Nurse Practitioner job can be a bit terrifying when you love what you do.

    At NPPA Recruiters, we understand that while you might be tempted to stick-it-out at your current job, it’s vital to your own professional and personal well being that you heed the telltale signs that it may be time to move on. Failing to do so can lead to a total burnout, which can ultimately affect your performance and the quality of care you provide patients.

    If you have been feeling a bit downtrodden by your current job and can’t quite put your finger on it, it may be time to consider these 7 signs that you’re ready to move on from your current NP job.

    1. You don’t feel as connected to the mission as when you first started. It can be difficult admitting to oneself that the pleasure you once found in work is no longer there. But it does happen.

    Being confident in your clinic’s mission goes a long way towards career happiness, and vice-versa, a lack of that same conviction can make it difficult to work well. Whether you’ve outgrown your role or the company, no longer believing in the company and its services may mean it’s time for new shores.

    1. Living for the weekends and dreading Mondays. Sure, everybody loves the weekend, but if Sunday evening rolls around and you begin to feel especially frustrated or even physically sick, this may be a big indicator of some serious workplace dissatisfaction. If the looming work week brings with it some dreadful feelings you may need to make a change.
    1. You’ve stopped learning. The medical field is like any other industry in that new studies, technologies, methodologies, and systems of treatment are constantly emerging. But if you’ve stopped learning or have yet to receive adequate training on up-to-date treatment methods (especially when you were promised) then that lack of learning can begin to feel like a lack of growth.

    If your current position doesn’t help you develop professionally through sponsorship of CE courses, trainings, or conferences, you may need to move to grow.

    1. Responsibilities continue to increase. Stress continues to grow. Pay stays the same. As a great employee, you likely welcome additional challenges and responsibilities. You might consider this your way of being a team player. But when those responsibilities begin to pile up and you start carrying everyone else’s burdens, without any financial growth opportunity, it may be a sign you are being taken advantage of.

    When you truly love what you do, pay is likely to be the last thing on your mind. But if you have worked diligently for years, pushed your own expertise forward by picking up the slack elsewhere, and still have yet to see any job growth opportunities, consider working on that resume once again.

    1. Bad bosses and unethical activities.

    As a professional, there’s no reason that you should have to deal with improper treatment. Being bullied and verbally harassed can quickly wear you thin and ready to call it quits.

    The same goes for being forced to participate in unethical activities and treatments that you know are illegal and can hurt the patient (or you). Participating in these unethical values can even cause you to lose your licensing.

    As an NP, your skill set and education are highly valuable and in demand. Don’t force yourself to work in an environment where those assets are not appreciated.

    1. You aren’t the only one feeling the dissatisfaction.

    Have you noticed that the clinic or hospital you work for has a high turnover rate? Does it seem like new hirees are constantly coming on board and quality employees are frequently leaving? Noticing a general employee dissatisfaction should be taken as a warning sign that you need to change your situation before times get tough.

    1. Sometimes you just know. Not every sign has to necessarily be negative. You might just feel like now is the time to make a change in life or a move to a new city. It’s natural to want to experience new things and to challenge yourself both professionally and personally. Sometimes you just know that it’s time to move on from your current NP job.

    When you’re ready for the next phase of your career, let NPPA Recruiters help you find the perfect Nurse Practitioner job for you.

    Let NPPA Recruiters get you moving forward on the path to professional happiness and success. We find and deliver the most eligible Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant candidates to medical hospitals and agencies nationwide.

    Contact us today at (956) 772-1400/(214) 351-3880 or visit our job board to find out what amazing positions are available to you nationwide.

  • The nature of healthcare in our country is constantly evolving and has done so at an accelerated rate in recent years. From the continued rise of technology in the medical practice to the growing elderly population in America, there are a number of factors that act on the profession.

    For job hunters in the PA field, these changes might come with some concerns and questions on how they might affect the field they are looking to work in. NPPA Recruiters knows the importance of keeping up-to-date with the trends surrounding the future of PAs in America, that’s why we want to offer you some insight into the latest news that is affecting the field.

    All the numbers are on the rise.

    The best news for prospective PAs is that their chosen profession has a very healthy outlook and has promising increasing trends. The total number of PAs has grown to over 115,000 in the US, which is a rise of over 40% from a 2010 count.

    This recent spike in PA numbers has had positive effects that contribute to its profession’s vitality. One of the most noticeable is that the average PA is comparatively young at only 38 years old. This should come as an encouraging sign for recent graduates and other young professionals looking for a new job in this field.

    The average salary for a PA has also risen to over $104,000 this year. The rise in salary follows a pattern in recent years associated with increased competition for primary care providers and a physician shortage across the country.

    The restructuring or repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is important to consider.

    The ACA resulted in over 20 million Americans gaining new access to healthcare coverage. It was one of the main reasons that the demand for qualified PAs and other allied health professionals grew so much in recent years.

    The current drive to restructure or remove the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, is a top political issue. The good news is that regardless of what happens with the ACA itself, there are already political and economic trends that have risen from it that should continue to benefit the PA profession.

    In 2017, we have already seen a number of states continue to revise scope-of-practice laws. The aim is to provide the citizens of their states with easier access to PAs and other similar professionals, like Nurse Practitioners (NPs).

    The professional organizations that represent PAs and NPs plan to use this year to increase their push to expand care to more patients.

    In addition, more and more large companies and insurance providers are shifting to providing access to value-based models of healthcare coverage. Over 80% of large companies now include retail clinics –  sites where individuals are more likely to be treated by PAs and other allied health professionals – in their insurance plans for employees,

    Science and sentiment back up the increased care by PAs.

    Employers offering new alternatives for health care insurance is encouraging and a welcome sign. The move is made possible by the fact that people are becoming more open to being treated by primary care providers that are not necessarily traditional physicians.

    That trust comes from a belief that they will receive the same level of treatment whether they are treated by a doctor at a hospital or another professional, like a PA, at a different type of site, like a community health center.

    Studies have already been undertaken to test the quality of treatment by PAs and other non-doctor medical professionals. The results show that patients can expect to receive the same type of care regardless of who is treating them.

    NPPA Recruiters knows that getting your first or next PA position is vital to the health of your career. Contact us today at (956) 772-1400 or at (214) 351-3880 and let us help you open the door to the rewarding opportunities being a PA has to offer.

    By any measure, the future for  PAs is a bright one. The number of jobs continues to grow, as does the scope of treatment PAs can provide. It never hurts that compensation looks to follow a similar upward path.

    NP PA Recruiters is eager to hear from candidates interested in joining the medical field. Visit our job board to find exciting opportunities for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants all throughout the nation.

  • Looking for your first job in any field is always a time of excitement and uncertainty. Even for physician assistants, the process must be handled effectively and intelligently.

    While the medical field holds tremendous opportunity, there is still a lot to navigate along the path to landing your first PA job.

    The good news is that there is a lot you can control during the process of looking for that first step in your career. NPPA Recruiters know that a proactive approach to job searching is the best one to have if you are going to be successful.

    Consider the following 8 tips to help you find your first job as a physician assistant.

    1. The whole process of applying for your first PA position should start before you even graduate. While you might not be able to obtain a job in your first couple of applications, it does allow you to make contacts in a situation that is less stressful for you.

    The process toward being hired can last many months and the sooner you can get your name out, the smoother the process will be for you.

    1. Networking is another critical component to your job search and another thing that should start well before you finish school. While as a PA student, you will meet your fair share of medical professionals, whether they be PAs, MDs, or other members of the medical field.

    Every person you meet can potentially open a door to a position down the road. It is important to get to know as many professionals as possible and to familiarize them with what your goals and interests are. They may have information on openings before they are posted to job boards and valuable information on what to expect at different job locations.

    1. Don’t underestimate just how much there is out there on the internet that can help you. Beyond career sites like Indeed, there are many other options for you to look into.

    It is a good idea to check out hospital websites in addition to job boards like those found on NPPA Recruiters. The PA chapter for your state will also have job postings on their website.

    1. You can find useful forums filled with blogs and articles from current PAs who have gone through the hiring process and are at different stages in their career. Sites like Physician Assistant Forum offer useful platforms for PAs to tell their stories and contribute to the professional community.

    The input and guidance found in those blogs and articles can prepare you not only for job hunting but for what to expect as you progress through your career as a PA.

    1. While you are looking for open positions, make sure to stay up to date on current salary and benefit trends that are happening in the locations you are job hunting. You should not go into an interview unsure about how you should be compensated.

    Knowing the fair market value of your skills also means that you don’t have to settle for the first offer that you get. Be prepared to negotiate for the best possible deal and any extra money you can obtain, whether in salary or through other incentives.

    1. As you go through the process of applying and interviewing to become a practicing PA, you will accumulate a lot of information and come into contact with a number of people. You should set up a system to keep track of where you are in relation to each application and what you’ve learned about the different jobs you have applied for.

    This system should include names of the recruiters and locations of the positions, how to get a hold of them, when you were interviewed, when you will be interviewed for certain positions, and other related information. Just how much you keep track of depends on you. The most important information boils down to contact, who and when and did you follow up.

    1. It is important to make the follow-ups as personal as possible. But an email or phone call is a must if you are not able to connect in person.

    Following up in person makes your response quicker and gives you more face to face time with interviewers, giving them another chance to remember who you are.

    1. One way to tie all these things together, both at the beginning of your job hunt and as your career progresses, is to join a professional organization like the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), The Society of Early Career PAs, or your state chapter for PAs. They not only provide access to many of the topics already covered but they also have additional incentives.

    Like many professional societies, you can get discounts on certain things like hotels and car rentals. On a bigger scale, you have the opportunity for leadership positions within the organization to help develop skills that will help you as a PA. You can also make your mark professionally by publishing articles in journals, magazines, and other media.

    While this list is not exhaustive, it shows there is plenty you can do to help yourself as you look for your first PA position.
    NPPA Recruiters understands the potential you hold as a new Physician Assistant graduate and we are here to help you unlock all those opportunities. Contact us today at (956) 772-1400 or at (214)351-3880 for the help you need to start your amazing career as a PA.

  • Your resume is a representation of your knowledge, skills, education, and experiences, so you really want to shine through and set yourself apart from the hundreds of other job candidates. Your resume is likely to be the first line of communication that you will have with your potential employer, so you need to effectively detail your abilities that meet (and exceed) their standards of care.

    At NPPA Recruiters, we understand that creating the perfect resume takes effort and a keen awareness of how to communicate vital content. While spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and formatting issues will definitely hinder your job hunt, irrelevant information and a lack of customization to your resume can have just as a disastrous effect.

    You’ll need to be exceedingly conscious of your writing, your resume’s visual appeal, and the message you are setting forth. Consider the following guideline as a tool to get your a clean and modern resume that will help you land at least an interview—and hopefully that dream job.

    The Essentials

    Every industry has a unique set of resume requirements and a PA resume is no different. These essentials should convey your abilities (and specialities when proper) as well as provide relevant information about who you are as a professional. Make sure that your resume has the following info:

    • Header—With your name followed by your address, phone number(s), and a professional e-mail address. Don’t forget to list your credentials behind your name.
    • Education—Your “Education” section should start with the last institution you attended (where you received your PA degree) and then followed by any undergraduate schools in descending chronological order. Include major and/or specialties include graduation dates. DO NOT include high school information.
    • Clinical employment history—Keep this information concise and relevant. Only list jobs that have been related to healthcare and avoiding noting down any position that draws attention away from you healthcare aspirations.
    • State licenses and certifications with expiration date(s)—PAs must be credentialed in order to practice and every state has their own system of licenses and certifications, so list those down. Even if you aren’t fully certified, you can note that you have applied for a specific credential that is only “pending” approval, or include it as “anticipated” and the expected date. Considering including basics like ACLS or BLS.
    • Relevant professional memberships—Adding relevant memberships to professional organizations are a great way to showcase your dedication to the profession and your interest in developing your experiences within the healthcare community. If you aren’t a member yet, then consider the benefits of joining a professional organization.
    • References—Depending on the position you are applying for, most job post generally require 2-4 professional references. Anticipate the employer by providing them beforehand. The best practice is to include references from physicians, but if you are a new graduate, a faculty member is fine, as long as you include other references from physicians.  

    Keywords and Job Posts

    In today’s tech driven world, you can guarantee that recruiters and HR directors are utilizing software and databases to scan through resumes, looking for keywords that indicate a candidate has the right skill set to move forward in the interviewing process.

    Rather than using the same general language as everyone else, pay close attention to the language utilized in the job posting. By keeping a close eye on the job description terms, and echoing those in your own resume, the software (or resume reader) can easily pinpoint phrases that match up directly with those they are looking for.

    If there are certain words utilized in the job description that contain specific skills or qualities the hospital/clinic/company is looking for, then include those in your resume, assuming of course that you have the experience. If for example, the job post has the terms “managerial experience”, but you have “supervisor” in yours, change it.

    If you are able to emphasize these skills in your resume, then you have a higher likelihood of drawing attention, and being invited to an interview.

    It’s Not Only About What You Say

    The format of your resume definitely matters. While you don’t want to create anything outlandish, there are a few design tips to help you stand out, including but not limited to:

    • Consider using a small burst of color to highlight important information.
    • Headers such as education, work experience, and specialized skills should be bold.
    • Education and job history should be in chronological order.
    • Utilize the right font; Times New Roman is a thing of the past.
    • HR managers and recruiters naturally focus on the top ⅓ of your resume. Make sure the most important information is on this portion of your resume.

    Remember that the visual appearance of your resume plays just a prominent role as the content held within.

    What Not to Include

    As a recent graduate or practicing PA, you may be tempted to include as much information on your resume as possible to pad your resume and make them longer. This is totally unnecessary and can ultimately hurt you in the long run.

    Forego irrelevant information such us:

    • Unrelated job experiences—If it is not a recent position that is medical related then it is best to keep it off of your job history.
    • High school information—You’ve already attended years of undergrad and graduate school, high school information is not longer relevant.
    • Objective—Writing an objective at the beginning of your resume is quickly becoming a thing of the past. The employer already knows you want the job; if you decide to go this route, though, be passionate and bold to showcase you really are leagues ahead of other applicants.
    • One-off volunteer activities—While illustrating your volunteer experience can showcase your healthcare knowledge, adding the one event you did years ago as an undergraduate is only drawing attention away from what matters most. Unless it’s a substantial amount of time, leave it out.
    • The basics—Employers will assume that you have a certain level of proficiency with medical-related skills such as suturing, splinting, wound care, treatment plans, and the likes. Don’t waste valuable space on your resume my including skills that are expected for a qualified PA.

    The Extras

    Developing the ideal resume is a process. Alongside the essentials, there’s always the opportunity to include additional information that can help you shine through, but it’s vital that it remains relevant and to the point.

    Some of the optional information that might enhance your resume includes:

    • Meaningful trainings, CE, and volunteer work—Any experiences outside of employment that are directly related to the position you are applying for can enhance your resume. If, for example, you are applying for positions in geriatrics, and you have extensively volunteered to work at nurse homes, this would be a positive addition to include.
    • Unique skill set—Basic hobbies should not be listed, but relevant specific skills should be, such as speaking another language or technical proficiency with machines and tests can be.
    • Summary paragraph—A brief, 3 to 5 sentence paragraph, that highlights your education, career, and accomplishments can help to make your resume standout. Use concise and passionate language to effectively communicate your rapport with patients and ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary medical team.
    • Formal recognitions/awards—If you have received any recognitions from nationally/state recognized organizations, then don’t forget to include those in your resume. This will help to validate your experience and qualifications.

    Refrain from including every single experience you have had and attempt to keep your resume to 1 or 2 page, three tops. The interview is the perfect time for you to get into greater depth about your qualifications and abilities to meet the potential employer’s needs.

    Let NP PA Recruiters Be Your #1 Source for Job Guidance

    Nurse practitioners and physician assistants in search of the ideal employer can rely on NP PA Recruiters to help them through the job searching process and to ultimately guide them in finding the perfect career match.

    We offer a personal consultant to aid you in your search and will even provide you with the resources you need to impress your future employer during an interview.

    Contact us today at 956-772-1400 or 214-351-3880 to get started on your successful career in the medical industry.

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