I know this topic has been discussed on here before a few years back, but I was hoping to get some current feedback. I graduated a year ago and passed my boards as an FNP last December. I have been having trouble finding a position that does not require experience, or a least a position that would be days versus nights. I have been working nights as an ICU nurse for the last 7 years. I was also hoping for an office or clinic position as opposed to hospital, seeing as how that is what my clinicals consisted of and I have had no hospital training from the NP standpoint. I had one potential office position a few months back that fell through because their NP unexpectedly decided to come back after her baby was born, that was pretty upsetting I really liked the office and physicians. I seem to be on the brink of an offer with a retail clinic at the moment and am planning on taking it because I feel that the longer I wait without a position of some sort, the rustier my NP skills will get and worse I will look to potential employers. I was even asked as the first question of my phone interview with the retail clinic very cleverly in not so many words why I still have not found an NP position, I believe I handled it well but that's not the point, I don't think I want to encounter that again, and it sure won't get better with time. I do realize that accepting this position will limit my scope of practice and many people in this industry have a distaste for these type of clinics, but I feel I need to start somewhere. Thus far the people I have met seem really nice the position itself seems like a good place for a new grad to start, sick visits for adults and kids, URI's, strep, UTI's, that sort of thing. The clinic offers physicals and diabetic and hypertension evaluations but I am not sure how many they perform. This all seems pretty good aside from the fact that the NP is completely alone in the clinic. That part is a bit worrisome, apparently there are many contact NP's and a collaborating physician available though. Just wondering if anyone has been in my predicament or has any good advice. Thanks!
It may not be ideal but it's a start. You will work as an NP. I say, take the job!!
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Nov 5, '12