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- by Sweetee313 Jul 29, '12What practice setting is ideal for a new graduate FNP? (FQHC, private practice, community clinic, HMO, retail clinic, etc.)?
- Aug 6, '12 by bayouchick02Bumping this thread! I want to know too....
- Aug 6, '12 by cmhnpOh hell, that is one loaded question.
In a nutshell, it depends on you, your state, your experience, your passion or population of choice.
I am an FNP in Ohio with background teaching children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, have worked in state mental health facilities and as a psych RN. My first job so far has been in a mobile primary coach serving homeless and chronic mental health patients for a community mental health clinic. I was used to aggressive, frustrated, complex scenarios where our nursing theory and interactions that seemed "all fluff" are actually put to use. For me, it was a perfect fit, for others, not so much.
I hate getting questions as answers, but what is your background? What do you like? or at the least, what would you hate to do 40+ hours/day?
- Aug 6, '12 by BCgradnurseQuote from Sweetee313The īdeal"first job is one where you are encouraged and supported to learn. That means having colleagues and supervisors who are willing to mentor. I don't think any particular type of practice/setting is the best, as long as the above mentioned is present. My first job was in a crazy-busy urban community health center doing primary care. My co-workers were awesome and I never thought twice about going to one of the docs or more experienced NPs with questions. I learned more there than I would have in a private practice or specialty practice. However, I often felt overwhelmed by the sheer volume of patients I had to see in a day, and all the psych/addiction issues I dealt with. I burned out after 2 1/2 years, but I know I could work in any setting after that trial by fire. I never would have survived in that job without my colleagues. If you can find a job with that kind of support, you'll be all set.What practice setting is ideal for a new graduate FNP? (FQHC, private practice, community clinic, HMO, retail clinic, etc.)?
- Aug 6, '12 by BlueDevil,DNPThe īdeal"first job is one where you are encouraged and supported to learn. That means having colleagues and supervisors who are willing to mentor. I don't think any particular type of practice/setting is the best, as long as the above mentioned is present.
Yup, I simply could not agree more with this statement. There is still a huge learning curve ahead, and you need to be in a place that will support you, but not hover so much you can't grow. You need to feel safe making mistakes and saying, "Hey, I made a mistake, help me fix this." Even better, saying, "Hey, I have no idea what to do, can you help me so I don't make a mistake?" If you don't feel totally at ease doing that, it's not the right place. I don't think anything else really matters for the first 3 years.