Graduating as a nurse practitioner is an incredible accomplishment, but transitioning into a new job can be an overwhelming experience. As every workday presents new challenges that must be met effectively and professionally, it will be important that you remain persistent in your learning and willingness to accept constructive criticism.
With time you will gain the knowledge and experience to confidently assess, diagnose, and competently treat patients.
But the only way to obtain that expertise is to first get that job. That’s where NP PA Recruiters steps in. We help highly qualified and talented nurse practitioners and physician assistants find permanent placement in the medical industry – nationwide. So regardless if you enjoy the city life or appreciate the calmness of a small town, we guarantee to have the perfect job for you.
Just remember to keep in mind this valuable advice as you grow from rookie to vet.
Be aware of hidden issues.
While NP PA Recruiters can help you avoid these sorts of situations, if you decide to do the job-hunting on your own, please be aware that you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. If something sounds too good to be true, then follow your gut and ask as many questions as needed to get closer to the truth. Review contracts, evaluate options, and devise a plan. At least knowing about a peculiar situation means you can think ahead rather than being blindsided by major work issues.
Think about the costs.
A state nurse practitioner license can cost upwards of a couple hundred dollars, and coupled with fees for your certification exam, it’s pretty safe to say you’ll be spending a couple thousand. Keep in mind certification fees, licensure, and costs associated with your job search. The truth is that finding that perfect position can take a couple of months, and you’ll need to survive in the meantime, so plan financially for the process.
Don’t take it personal.
While it can be hard to accept one’s own limitations, it’s also important to recognize them, so that when you receive negative feedback or criticism you don’t take it too personal. Accepting feedback from other health care professionals, especially those with years (if not decades) of experience, can help you to grow your knowledge base while providing you an objective look at some areas that you might need to strengthen. Growing pains may hurt, but they’ll be worth it down the road.
Know the rules.
Being a nurse practitioner means knowing your responsibilities and understanding the rules and laws that govern your career. Take the time to learn about state requirements and mandates. You need to know what you are legally able and not able to do. As a healthcare professional you have to remember that you are responsible for your actions and the lives of others.
Being a boss.
As a nurse practitioner you may be handed leadership responsibilities that you weren’t taught in school. This means right after graduation you may find yourself leading other medical professionals who have years more experience than you. While your relationship with these individuals may be awkward at first, remember that this is expected, so just try to view your new position as the perfect learning experience. Everything takes time so just be patient with yourself, your employer, and your coworkers – and always be respectful.
Experience is just as valuable.
The reality is that getting that high paying position right out of a NP program doesn’t always happen. In your initial job search, look for opportunities that will allow you to expand and perfect your abilities, in not only the clinical world, but in management and business aspects as well. While the paycheck might not be what you expected, see if you can bargain for better benefits and prospects of growing.
Be humble. Be considerate.
Be humble about your abilities, especially as a new graduate. Over praising your experiences may rub potential employers the wrong way and won’t necessarily ease a patient’s nerves. Being humble means showing what you can do more than just talking about it.
Also, be exceedingly wary of your social media presence. Whether online or in person, any inappropriate behaviors will shine through, so make sure to always be considerate of others and avoid offensive statements.
You’ll be stressed.
With a patient’s well being at stake, it’s natural to be stressed, especially in your early experiences. You’re growing and developing your skill set, which means you won’t know everything, and that’s ok. Ask as many questions as needed to ensure that you are performing your role appropriately and serving patients effectively. The truth is that stress is a part of the game, but eventually as your knowledge grows, your nerves will subside and you’ll be able to do your job without the cloud of doubt you had in the beginning.
NP PA Recruiters can help you find the perfect growing experience.
At NP PA Recruiters, your success is our goal. We don’t want you to just find a job; we want to make sure you’re placed in a position where you can develop professionally and benefit financially. That’s why we actively search for the best fit for employers seeking NPs or PAs.
Find openings here and learn how we can help you here.