Are NP jobs as plentiful as I am led to believe?

  1. With the future of healthcare, there will be less physicians to handle the aging US population. I have heard that PA/NP will serve to combatant this issue, offering a more affordable healthcare. So are jobs as a NP as plentiful as I am led to believe? Financially is it worth it?
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  3. by   msufan3710
    It depends on area. I'm in a saturated market in Chicago but many of my colleagues seem to be finding jobs fairly well. I've heard it is worse in various areas in the US. I would research your area or the area you wish to ultimately be in.
  4. by   WVFNP
    Network. Network. Network. I did this while I was in clinicals and it paid off. The facility I worked for as an RN basically created a job for me with a great physician. She knew my skill set, and basically went to bat for me. She knew the value I could bring to her practice. My point is, not all job opportunities are going to be posted on indeed, monster, etc. Sometimes, networking is the key. I actually had multiple offers from other physicians that I did not complete clinicals with, mainly due to the physician I am with now discussing me with others/ Personally, it is worth it to me and my family. Whether or not this would be the case for you, is something you would have to decide. Good luck!!
  5. by   Jules A
    Quote from WVFNP
    Network. Network. Network. I did this while I was in clinicals and it paid off. The facility I worked for as an RN basically created a job for me with a great physician. She knew my skill set, and basically went to bat for me. She knew the value I could bring to her practice. My point is, not all job opportunities are going to be posted on indeed, monster, etc. Sometimes, networking is the key. I actually had multiple offers from other physicians that I did not complete clinicals with, mainly due to the physician I am with now discussing me with others/ Personally, it is worth it to me and my family. Whether or not this would be the case for you, is something you would have to decide. Good luck!!
    Beautiful, and I would only change "sometimes" to most, every, single time. All of my best deals have come from word of mouth.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Gotta jump on the bandwagon of networking, join your state's APRN organization and go to meetings.
  7. by   np830
    I found that it depends on where you live and how picky you are. The market is saturated with NPs here.
    I graduated from a reputable program in Boston and it took me what seemed like forever (3 months, which I suppose in hindsight wasn't that long, but when you have to pay rent it certainly felt like it) after passing my boards to get an offer. Lots of places only wanted experienced NPs. My current NP job is great and i got that through networking.
    Sometimes if you don't have the experience of great clinicals it can be tough to find good connections with which to network, but of course some people are just better at networking than others!
  8. by   nurse2bnoob101
    Do you know how the market is in california for NP? Which market would you recommend right now for NP?

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