Finding my first Nurse Practitioner job
After about two months of waiting for my credentialing, I finally got approved to start my job as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) for Occupational Medicine clinic. And I cannot begin to express how much blessed and thankful I am for this job. To me, this is the dream job that I never knew.
As a newly graduated NP, I have this idea that I should practice in a primary care because that is where everyone is going for. I really loved it so much that during my clinical days, I always looked forward to coming to my clinical site every time because the staff were wonderful people and I enjoyed what I was doing. So I really believed that I wanted primary care practice. Unfortunately, there was no available job in the local clinic that I did my clinicals, they only wanted someone with experience. It was a shame because I truly enjoyed my clinical experience in that clinic with Latitia, who was so awesome to work with and such a great NP preceptor and mentor. I also tried applying in primary care and urgent care clinics in Kansas City but was not lucky.
After several weeks of watching closely for and applying at primary care job through Indeed, I quickly realized that organizations and clinics are very picky with their candidates. Most of the clinics or hospitals required 1-2 years of NP experience in primary care. The few ones that did not, were looking for NP who will take evening or night shifts and weekends, such as urgent care clinics. Being married with a schoolage child, I had to pass up on those jobs because I want to stay home every night and every weekend. I also got two job offers after only an initial interview, but I had to decline because the jobs required visits and rounding patients in nursing homes, which I did not find to be the right place for someone who has a lot of learning to do. I honestly could not see myself getting a job and taking on call at night and on weekends. When I decided to go back to school and become an NP, I decided that I was only going to take a day job, which is also off on weekends and holidays. I know I was being picky, but I wasn’t going to settle for anything less. I was also offered a position in a primary care clinic at Leavenworth, KS about 25 minutes drive from my house, but had to turn it down because I did not feel that it was the right organization for me.
At last, after about a month (or so) of waiting, this dream job came knocking at my door :). I was offered the job with good benefits from a great corporation with a big name to back me up. Getting employed by University of Kansas Health Systems St Francis campus is one of the best things that happened to my career and I cannot be any happier!
My advice to new and future NPs out there is to take your time and do not rush. Know what you want and where you want to be. Picture yourself in 3 years, 5 years or more and ask yourself if you will still love working for the same company and doing the job that you took from day one.
Don’t settle for anything less and consider the job that lines up with your interest because loving what you do is the key to a successful and fulfilling career 🙂
Good luck to all!