Hello, everyone. I've been lurking on AllNurses for awhile and this is my first thread. I'd like to start a thread on tips for new grad NP job search
Please don't get discouraged. There are lots of jobs out there. I'm a new grad NP and am getting lots of interviews for great jobs that pay well. Yet, on paper, I have a lot of negatives: middle-aged, never been an RN, "old" new grad (graduated December 2016), Adult Primary Care NP when it seems everyone wants FNP or PMHNP. I changed careers in mid-life and my previous career had nothing to do with healthcare. My only positive is that I went to a well-known school with a good reputation. Oh, and I do have a lot of experience with job search as someone who has had to find a job and as a hiring manager. I live in California.
I started actively looking for my first NP job the week of November 6. It took a couple of weeks for the job search to start producing results, but 4 weeks into this, here are the results:
- Good phone interview yesterday with an Indian Tribe clinic in beautiful Lake Tahoe (Nevada side)
- Face to face interview next week for specialty NP role Fresno for prestigious clinic
- Face to face interview with primary care clinic in Calexico (El Centro area) TBD
- Today (Saturday), had 2 hour phone interview with incredible rural health clinic in Hawaii, they are going to schedule a follow up video conference
- Tomorrow (Sunday) have phone interview with sleep clinic in Chico
- Monday phone interview with clinic in beautiful Northeast California
- Monday phone interview with clinic in Northwest Oregon
- Tuesday phone interview with clinic in Northeast California
- Numerous email conversations in progress with employers and recruiters
If you look at the above, the theme is that I am flexible on location. Most of you are in your 20s and 30s. Your first job is not forever! After a couple of years, with experience, you can more easily get a job in competitive markets like NYC, San Francisco, LA, etc. There are literally jobs going begging out there and in many of these areas, they will pay you MORE and the cost of living is way less! Not only that, many of these areas are eligible for federal and/or state loan repayment programs. It's a great opportunity to pay down debt and build up savings while gaining valuable experience and providing a true public service.
Let me know your thoughts.
Thank you for posting this and for the great tips and reminders. I am in the process of hearing back from the NP schools that I applied to and the cost is something that has been weighing on my mind and the mind of my fellow applicants. It is good to remember that there are good jobs out there and there are institutions that can help you pay back those loans once you start to work as an independent clinician.
Like you, nursing is my second career and I echo your sentiments about being flexible and to be open to moving around to other locations and cities. I have lived in Europe and Asia during my first career and it was both a great learning experience and a wonderful adventure that I can look back upon and also talk about to both the schools that I applied to and the future patients that I will meet.
Good luck with your job search
and congratulations on becoming a NP.
Last edit by TangoDeux on Dec 3