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I'd say that once you get out there, anxiety can be tough, but what you truly experience more often is just stress -- for a million reasons -- mostly just as you race against the clock trying to get so many tasks done. So, you spend a lot of time working on time management skills -- and it's just something you have to practice -- I always had to tell
myself -- just keep putting one foot in front of the other. If I had a bad day, I'd just learn from
it and go back the next day ..... and always try to have a plan .... for the day. If you have a plan, you just work towards trying to stick to it .... anxiety just comes and goes -- and eventually you'll learn who you can work with and before you know it, you'll be having a blast ..... no worries -- you will likely be a great nurse, because you're cautious and you get that it's not a joke -- it's real -- and you'll be super careful and conscientious ... all the hallmarks of a great nurse.
I just graduated last year at that magic age of 49 1/2. By the time I got hired I was one month away from being 50. They just didn't seem to care. It was all about my experience as a nurse. I think companies now like to hire a more diverse group of people. I try to look good for my age ... not totally skinny, but I keep my hair up, dress youthful, etc.
And now my "maturity" helps me, just like it did when I was a nurse. (I didn't get my BSN until I was 44).
I do get tired, even as an NP. NP work can also be stressful, but in a different, less physical way. I still just work a less than 40 hour per week work week.
I'm glad I did it. I feel I get a tad more respect as an NP, vs. a nurse. Sad, but true. I like the brainwork and working with docs, other colleagues, etc. It feels like a more grown up type of job!
Good luck. You'll still be in your 50's, even if you don't go back to school ...so might as well go back to school!
I feel it has energized me and given me purpose, and that I'm doing a lot of good in the world. My kids are also grown ...at least 2 of them are. Still have a 12 year old at home, so I'll never have an empty nest and I'll probably also never retire!
Good luck -- go for it - let's show them that women over 50 are worth hiring!!!!
Hello -- I'm a FNP, with about one year experience working at a Target Clinic. Looking to move down to Raleigh within the next year or two. Can anyone speak to the employment landscape for FNP's in the Raleigh area?
Any info on directions to go would be appreciated. I'd love to continue to work for Target part time or as a float, (or not) and perhaps also branch out into another area of practice. Any info would be appreciated.
I think I took it before the change, but I doubt it matters. Another thing that really helps is doing ALL the free practice questions on the ancc web site. They are there -- just look for them -- do them ALL, the ones before and after the test changes.
Try not to be nervous, really. It's hard, but if you prepare, you will do fine.
What helped me was buying the yellow ancc book, reading as much as possible, doing their practice questions and the free ones. A colleague of mine and I also bought a package of free practices questions from ancc and split the cost.
Know a little about Hippa, medicare/Medicaid, theories ...honestly, the yellow ancc book helped me the most, and it's a great resource to keep afterwards in practice.
Good luck ...
I guess I waited about two months or so to take the ANCC. I started studying about 2 weeks after graduation, and I felt I pretty much took the max amount of time to study based on reports from my peers. That said, I have children and a busy home life, so I had to squeeze in study time whenever I could, and I just don't have hours and hours to devote to it ...so that probably dragged it out for me.
I am not aware of the option to pay extra to expedite the process. I think that stinks that they try to extort even more money out of anyone ...they ARE extremely slow in their process ...but to ask for more to speed it up? That just annoys me, lol.
I know employers want you to "speed up," but you get this from everyone. I started a job recently, and started earlier than I was really ready for ...as a result, I am SO tired and just struggling to catch up on sleep and just general relaxation time, of which I have had NONE since I graduated.
If you can, ask them to be patient ...do it at the pace that is right for you. You can't start a job burnt out ..that is what I've done and I'm regretting it. After your boards, take a week off if you can ... you will need it. It was a very draining and emotional experience for me and I just wish I'd told the world to WAIT a bit before I started working again. I guess i'm thankful to have work, but I'm TIRED!
Good luck and enjoy your little one most of all!
Hey there -- was trying to get back to this post to let cougdog know I passed the ANCC! Even got a new job, too! lol.
ALL your suggestions were fantastic ..I ended up buying the ancc yellow book, and so glad I did ...what a great resource!
The family NP prep was also fantastic ...if only for the way it simulates the online test taking experience.
I knew a lot of the questions right off the bat ...and of course, some of them seemed like they came from outer space and I had no idea how to answer ...but something in me just knew how to reason through it, because I just did so many darn practice questions!
Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to post and help out your fellow NP's around the country!
Just received an offer from a GI practice, and I am a new grad, which is nice, as the market is so tight. Wished I could find a strict family practice type position, but there just don't seem to be any openings that don't ask for 1-2 years of experience.
Doc is great, practice is really close to my house, and the hours are great. Job seems easy ...mainly doing H&P's, and seeing pts at the hospital after their surgeries, etc.
Pay is on the low side, but hubby makes a decent salary, so I'm not clamoring for a huge salary to start ...
My question is, can I at least eventually move into more family practice type roles as time goes on? Or will I get pidgeon holed? Don't really want to do GI for the rest of my life, but I don't mind starting out and learning ... part of me always did want to do a speciality, for the narrower focus and perhaps a bit less stress ...I don't know what to think.
Wish our market wasn't so tight ...it's just saturated where I live.
Had it filled out ..sent it in WITH my paperwork myself, but they said that was fine also ...they have my stuff and have sent me an email that it is under review ...it's just baloney. I went to Marymount Univ which is right near Bethesda where they are ... if they can't figure out which courses we took, then there is something wrong ...
Have no earthly idea. Everyone in my class is waiting and we are locally close to the ANCC. It's ridiculous. We have all called, but we just get the run around. Supposedly it takes 4 to 6 weeks from the time they receive your information ...I have NO idea why it takes so long to review a few items ...one would think they would have a data base already of all the major university programs and what their courses are ...I'm not that happy about it right now.
I just ended up buying the paper $49 test bank from them ... I have that and the ancc book and the family np prep tests, so I feel I'm 10 x better able to prepare than before -- again, THANKS SO MUCH for these suggestions ...will keep you posted on my passing.
The ONLY problem now is getting ANCC to release a test date -- I'm SO frustrated with them right now as I have interviews and all they ask is "when are you taking your test??"
Good luck to everyone studying for ANCC ...
Thanks so much -- this has helped me and a few of my buddies also so much -- do you think
I could skip the apea bank or do you feel it's necessary? I did the fitz review in
Person and also have their 3rd edition book, plus now the ancc book and the 5-test bundle from familynpprep ....but I'll get it if
You think it's necessary ....
Agree with the above post, but if I had the
Chance to do ER I would -- you will pick up on urgent
Care type skills, assessment and diagnosis which is
The meat of what an np or doc really does -- pay
Attention to their notes and how they treat these
Patients -- family practice includes a lot more non acute issues , but ER time
Is always valuable and employers like to see it. Wish I had time there. I did a lot of med surge tele time and that
Was also valuable ....
Gilbert -- I am in the dc area and so far, there
Are a lot
Of acute care hospital positions but not exactly
A dearth of family practice jobs. Taking a cursory
Look at Pittsburg I see there are a few more
That seem to accept new grads-- so it could just
Be this market .. I am not against moving if
My hubby could also find work .... Or commuting further maybe ....
Hi -- can you
Specify which ancc book you bought -- was it the 3rd Ed
Family practice np book? (yellow one)?
Also, what is the apea q bank? Do you have a
Link? I really think I will use the 5
For sure .....
Aussie -- it IS their loss ... And I am already
Other good calls also .... I don't know what
They are looking for -- the one
Person from my class they called had "years" of
OR experience , but was not that strong
A student ....not does he really have background with chronic PTs -- I don't know if they want ppl with
People with many years or what ... At any rate, yes, it's
Definitely not wise of their HR dept ....
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