I just received two offers in advance of graduation from a PMHNP program in Boston. It was great to have two companies bid for me, but it was confusing as well.
Obviously, all job offers hinge upon whether I pass the board exam for PMH-NPs. I'm not worried about that. Both offers were in the $110-120K range, in So Cal which I am targeting, and offer great supervision, CME and paid time off with no call.
My locum tenens recruiter recommends that I hold out for his 3-month LT assignments in MA, work for three to six months, and then get a better starting salary from Barton's permanent placement department after working for 6 months, since it will show both experience and ability to quickly adapt to busy workloads.
Here are my questions:
*Is locum tenens the way to go? I'm confident in my prescribing ability but wanted to hear from other PMHNPs who have some experience.
*Have PMHNPs conducted early job hunts for southern california... and how quickly did you get a DEA number and national provider ID (NPI) so that you can bill insurance?
*Is 110-120K enough to live on near San Diego (not downtown, but in a 15 mile radius of the city)?
* Should I ignore the siren song of the locum tenens recruiters and just go my own way? They offered to pay for the DEA # and arrange for expedited PMHNP credentials in CA, citing the usual wait is 2-3 months. With increased familiarity with CA board of nursing from the volume of their placements, the firm said they can fast track the process down to 30 days.
Could someone here please advise me on their experience in this realm?
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I have been doing locums for the past few years as a Psych APRN. I am expected to assume a full pt load with minimal orientation and to be able to navigate the system to complete work.
I think a regular job in a collegial environment would be much more supportive. I think the first few months a new PMHNP should have a reduced workload to have time to consult and look things up though I suppose not everyone needs this.
It might becoming more available now that employs are realizing many NPs are not able to practice on a basic level upon graduation although in my experience there were few places that didn't expect a new psych np to be competent and able to handle a full patient load upon graduation. What you suggest would be ideal but in my experience and the experiences of the friends I graduated with we were all shown our office and hit with a full patient load sans hand holding so locums wouldn't have been any more challenging imo.
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