I'm thinking about applying to both the HRSA NHSC Scholarship and Nursing Scholarship Program. I already have an interest in working with medically underserved populations, so this program would be great for me. However, I'm worried that if I get a scholarship I will have trouble finding a job to fulfill my service requirements (Of course, I'm operating under the generous assumption that I will even receive one of these elusive scholarships when I apply!)
My concerns are:
1) I will be a PNP DE graduate with little nursing experience in--will critical need facilities hire me? Does HRSA find a job for me if I can't find one?
2) The HRSA job search engine does not list any current openings for PNPs...this program looks more promising for physicians or FNPs.
Obviously, many hospitals are HRSA approved service fulfillment sites, which might be more applicable to the Loan Repayment program, but I'm specifically asking about primary care, which more often occurs in clinics and outpatient settings.
Are there are any former HRSA scholars who are NPs out there to answer this??
Would I be better off applying to the Loan Repayment program when I graduate and find work?