I am an ARNP, NP in the lucky position of having to decide between 2 job offers, of course it took 2 months of not knowing what I was going to do and getting a bit nervous before this happened.
Ideally I wanted a position with another provider present to take my skills to the next level, but that has been hard to find.
basically, One job is a brand new clinic for an existing company that has 1 clinic in the area already, close to home, low stress, great hours m-f 8:30-3:30, great pay, but could get boring doing the same thing over and over.
the second job is about 30 minutes away, I like the people a lot, but could be very stressful on my own doing family practice (they said they would train me for 6 weeks before being alone),4 11 hour shifts a week (that seems like a lot), basic going rate pay, with possible profit sharing in the mystical future lol.
As far as Salary:
even with 44 hours.week the 1st job pays a bit more with only 35 hours.week. both have benefits.
seems like a no brainer, just worried I would lose my skills doing one thing all the time. plus it is a brand new clinic and who knws if it will work out?
still I would love a low stress job. I have wanted to pull my hair out because family practice can be hard esp. on your own (relatively new grad) and long hours and late nights make it hard to have a social life too.
jusy wonder if anyone does an easier job and loved it or wished that had gone the more challenging route to learn more.
Congrats on having 2 offers to choose from! My first job after graduation was extremely challenging, high stress, high patient volume, with not a lot of support from administration. I put in 40-45 hours a week seeing patients, and then another 15-20 hours a week at home catching up on all my notes. I learned a ton, but by the end of 2 1/2 years I was burned out, had trouble sleeping, gained weight, was always cranky at work, and was not a happy camper. I now work 36 hours per week in a specialty practice, seeing patients for a relatively narrow range of conditions. I have very little stress, never take work home, and I make more money. I don't regret taking the first job. I learned a tremendous amount, but I was not prepared for what it would take out of me. I do have some concerns about my skills becoming rusty, but for me, the trade off is worth it.
Last edit by BCgradnurse on Jul 27, '12
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