New np beware

  1. This is insane. Good luck finding work. It seems most places that want to hire only need you to make an extra buck. To hell with training you or giving you proper support. Other places need you to be their prescriptive drug mule. What have your job hunting experiences been?
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  3. by   WKShadowRN
    Prior to graduation I had several locations encourage me to apply with them. I even interviewed for an urgent care position (which I coveted greatly) but the project itself never came to fruition, even after being told I had the job. Many places wanted experience and I had recruiters calling and emailing me constantly. My almost-real job-interview was November 2015. I graduated May 2016. Boards passed in Oct. Two promising interviews and one not-so-stellar interview within a month. I had two offers and I had the blessing of picking between each and negotiating.

    If you put your resume on careerbuilders.com, monster, indeed, or glass door it may bring something to you that you didn't have access to otherwise. (I was recruited by the two which offered me through an agency.)
  4. by   Mission2BNP
    Hi was the agency in Texas? I live in Ft.Worth and I'm graduating this December so I'm trying to reach out to a few recruiters now to have a job on graduation.
  5. by   WKShadowRN
    My recruiter was in Georgia I think?

    But they call or email from all over for jobs in the whole of the US.
  6. by   Crivett
    Very similar
  7. by   flipper628
    I agree with WKshadowRN, I hit the ground running and talked to as many people as possible, including cold calls by recruiters. There were some not so promising interviews but I felt like it was good experience/practice. I was lucky enough to have 4 offers, and only one of those was from a preceptor, the other was PT, and the last two I had a tough time deciding between.

    Hang in there, it's not easy but nothing ever is! Don't settle!
  8. by   Riburn3
    I would take a lot of posts like this with a grain of salt. While it's entirely possible this sort of thing is happening, the APRN allnurses boards have been hit with several brand new accounts that either bash the discipline entirely, or just spell out doom and gloom for us. I wouldn't be surprised if several of these posts are coming from the same IP address.
  9. by   Worddeuce
    I'm not sure who the other posts were from. I'm speaking from experience.My first job out of school was in a primary care office where 90% of the patients needed refills on Oxys. Left that to end up in another office where the wanted me to prescribe opioids, stimulants and benzos :/. I don't think i need to state that I'm looking elsewhere.
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  10. by   Darth Practicus
    I'm curious what state you work in. I live in Missouri and here we do not have full prescriptive authority and can only write for controlled substances in limited amounts and only after completing nearly a year of practice. When we have DEA authorization, my collaborative physician has to provide supervision on 20% of my charts (compared with the 10% for NPs without DEA).

    To me, I actually enjoy the fact that I can't write for controlled substances because it's such a Pandora's box for folks. We have a very large opioid addiction issue in southeastern Missouri and so it's nice to not have to dip into the pool.

    Of course, it helps that our practice position is that we write only for acute pain management, anything over 6 weeks is sent over to a pain management clinic for further evaluation and management.

    If you're seeing nothing but narc patients, it seems like the providers are being a little too loose in writing for them. (Just a thought.).

    Darth Practicus, FNP
  11. by   Riburn3
    Quote from Worddeuce
    I'm not sure who the other posts were from. I'm speaking from experience.My first job out of school was in a primary care office where 90% of the patients needed refills on Oxys. Left that to end up in another office where the wanted me to prescribe opioids, stimulants and benzos :/. I don't think i need to state that I'm looking elsewhere.
    I'm sorry your experience has been so horrible but I would venture a guess that most providers on this site weren't hired to be a "prescriptive drug mule". My first job as an NP straight up banned the prescription of all schedule 2 substances for all providers, which meant no one got their oxy or hydro there. I'm sure some providers are afraid of the fallout on their bottom line if they stop giving their patients narcotics, but IMHO I wouldn't want to be seeing the patients that only goes to me just because I fill their hydro.

    I think in any interview asking about pain management practices in clinic is very important. Had you done this right off the bat, you likely would have avoided some trouble, and if these were the only jobs available to you, there are other places in the country that don't operate like that.
  12. by   Worddeuce
    I did. They made it seem like only a few patients came in for the benzos and stimulants not 90%. They decided to throw the Vicodins in there. I'm in NY by the way
  13. by   shibaowner
    I graduated with an MSN in Dec 2016 and got hired by the first place I interviewed at. I received an offer in Feb 2017, before I took my AANp cert exam! In addition, the doctor where I did my last clinical rotation wanted to hire me, but I wanted to return to California. I would suggest looking in rural areas, which is where I got my job. If you are not getting in for an interview, get help with your resume. If you are getting interviews but not an offer, then have someone help you with interviewing skills. Consider moving if necessary and don't be too picky - it's your first job, so you are not in a position to be too choosy. There are also NP residency programs which you can apply to. You seem to have a negative attitude and I would venture that is what is holding you back. Be positive.
  14. by   Jules A
    Quote from shibaowner
    Consider moving if necessary and don't be too picky - it's your first job, so you are not in a position to be too choosy.
    Sigh, and this is only one of the reasons NPs work for subpar wages and have driven our rates down. I disagree and feel it is crucial to be selective and require appropriate wages for the level of responsibility in this profession.

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