New Grad NP - Job Offer I Accepted - page 2

The purpose of this post is to give new grad NPs an idea of the job market in the Western US. I'm a new grad Adult and Geri Primary Care NP w/o RN experience. I completed an ABSN and then went... Read More

  1. by   BostonFNP
    Quote from FullGlass
    Good points - I will clarify the schedule. They did say they get one hour for lunch. I think it is Tues or Wed mornings that they give all the providers 2 hours for admin time as well. This would also be when they have any staff meetings.
    Nail them down on this because as it stands right now (in real world numbers) you would be in the room with patients from 830 until 1215-1230+ then from 1 until 5-530+ and that doesn't include returning phone calls, doing peer-to-peers, completing charting, reviewing labs/diagnostics/notes, research, -etc. If your bonus is based on getting charts done in 72 hours you'll be working from home or working late to meet that time frame.

    Quote from FullGlass
    I will say that as an NP student, I was able to see 2 routine patients per hour in an inner city Urgent Care, with the preceptor doing a quick confirmation of my H&P and orders, maybe a couple corrections, by the end of my rotation.
    Remember as a student you are doing only part of the job, there is considerably more to it than that. It may have been "doable" to see two patients an hour but I am sure you can imagine it is not as simple in real practice.
  2. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Where is the job? It sounds like a great opportunity.
  3. by   FullGlass
    Quote from SpankedInPittsburgh
    Where is the job? It sounds like a great opportunity.
    It's in a rural area in California. I don't want to be more specific, as I gave so many details. I will say it is a great area for people who like outdoors activities like fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, and cross country skiing.
  4. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Well it sounds great good luck!!!
  5. by   JTravelsTheWorld
    So good to hear. Sometimes I want to ask for advice on here, but I get so much negativity that I just refrain from doing so.
  6. by   yogagal
    Great job. Sounds like a good solid start. I worked my first 8 years at an FQHC and it is the best NP education I could have asked for and turned me in to a confident and independent PCP.

    I'm gonna guess you're somewhere around Lake Tahoe...

    A note about that admin time. Hopefully you can decide when to take it. I would always have it scheduled at the end of the day meaning my last patient would be scheduled earlier and even if I went over a bit that guaranteed I wouldn't be in clinic too late. Eventually, I also gave up my lunch break and left even earlier. I wanted it this way because I have young kids who go to sleep at 7:30 and leaving clinic close to 6 meant practically no time with them in the evening. So for example for and 8 hour day normally that would mean seeing patients 8-5 with 1 hour lunch. I had no lunch and 1 admin hour at the end of the day meaning I was only physically in seeing patients from 8-3 (last patient scheduled at 2:15). Sometimes I stayed and did a little admin work in the office, but more often I would leave and then work on admin stuff after the kids went to bed. The clinic didn't mind because I still required number of patients. Note this only works in clinics with multiple providers because if you're the only one there they would have to close if you left early.
  7. by   Oldmahubbard
    FQHC? Federally qualified health care?
  8. by   yogagal
    Federally Qualified Health Center What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)? - FQHC Germane

    Sometimes referred to as a community clinic. They will see anyone, take all government and some private insurance, and uninsured on a sliding scale. NOT a "free" clinic.
  9. by   FullGlass
    Quote from JTravelsTheWorld
    So good to hear. Sometimes I want to ask for advice on here, but I get so much negativity that I just refrain from doing so.
    I hear you. You can PM me.
  10. by   All2Easy
    A huge "thank you" for posting this! Your post made me create an account so I could thank you. Your post means so much to me.

    I'm in almost the exact same situation and age group (I'm 44 right now and just applied to nursing school). I've trying to take things one day at a time, but of course we all think about our future career in this field. I'm leaning towards some type of NP, of course wondering "will I get hired at this age after all that work?" Your post is very inspirational.

    I also find it amazing you got offered such a variety of positions which all sound interesting, challenging, and fulfilling. Best of luck to you. Please keep us posted!
  11. by   All2Easy
    Quote from FullGlass
    Thank you for your kind wishes. I'll start in mid February.

    As for Hawaii - I had 3 super long phone and video interviews for a position on a very small island. However, the problem is that I am Adult and Geri, not an FNP, and that is what they really needed.

    Since you are a PMHNP student, you will have NO trouble finding a great job in the Western US, including Hawaii. PMHNPs are in very short supply and in super high demand. The clinics literally say, "Finding a PMHNP out here is like finding a needle in a haystack." I'm sure you will also have multiple great job offers when you finish school.

    Best wishes!
    That's good to hear because I live in Hawaii and was wondering what the market was like out here for an FNP or PMHNP. Only trouble from here is finding a credible online PMHNP program because UH doesn't offer one...ugh...any ideas?
    Last edit by All2Easy on Jan 16 : Reason: spelling correction
  12. by   FullGlass
    Quote from All2Easy
    That's good to hear because I live in Hawaii and was wondering what the market was like out here for an FNP or PMHNP. Only trouble from here is finding a credible online PMHNP program because UH doesn't offer one...ugh...any ideas?
    There are a lot of good online PMHNP programs. Take a look at the US News and World Report Rankings for PMHNP and check out each school to see if they have an online program. Off the top of my head, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt are both online. Good luck!
  13. by   russhian9
    Hi, you mentioned "As a Nurse Corps Scholarship winner, I have to serve for 2 years in a medically underserved area with a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of 14 or higher. These areas are typically inner cities, smaller cities and towns, or rural areas. However, there are also cities with 100,000 to over 1,000,000 population that have high HPSA scores."

    i was just wondering if you could offer information on the "Nurse Corps Scholarship." How does it work? How does one apply? Does it help you pay off the loans one takes out for the no program?

    Taking out more loans is one of the things that really worries me in trying to go back and get my NP.

    Thank you in advance for your time and response.

    Russhian9

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