RE: First NP position

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    Okay. So. I had my first interview today. I just passed my AANP/ANP boards. Applying for licensure in my state, and taking GNP boards next month. I on a whim emailed the NP that set up a clinical rotation with Evercare-under United Helathcare-they round at local nursing homes here; I did a brief clinical rotation with them during NP clinicals. I really love the elderly population, and I enjoyed rounding with their NPs....so, I went to the interview and oh wow.....I am ever so humbled. These patients as you all know are complex, and have a lot of issues. Any advice? Should I work in the clinical environment first, get some experience, then look at a position like this one? The job posting was looking for an NP that had 2-3 years of NP experience. One of my other preceptors encouraged me to apply, since I have a solid 16 years of critical care experience behind me. I felt I did horribly in my interview (I showed up expecting a chit chat with the director, since we already knew each other from my rotation with them)-and ended up with a full-on interview with her AND the medical director. They called and asked me in to meet a few more people.....and send references. Now I am wondering if I should have waited. Unsure of the bennies and pay-I didn't feel it appropriate to discuss that at this initial interview. Any thoughts? Advice is much appreciated! I feel overwhelmed and humbled......major self-doubt going on here.....thanks in advance
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    Duckfan, No worries sis . Every experience is a learning experience. The NP that new you knows that you are capable of doing the job. I think you just have jitters of the responsibility of a new role. Its hard to face the unknown and to come out of your comfort zone. If you were applying there as a nurse, you would not be feeling this way seeing as how you've done it for so long. This is just a new experience for you. My thinking is this, you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. You have the training and you are prepared. They know you are new and that you will be learning. You know what the job entails from clinical. If they offer you the job, see if you can shadow for a few days prior to making your decision. Whatever you don't know, you can look up and you will learn as you go along. I thin you will be just fine sweetie
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    I think you learned a lesson here that anytime there's an opportunity to be interviewed regardless of who is interviewing, it's best to be prepared and put a game face on so to speak. On a positive note, I think the fact that you are being asked to return for a second interview is a sign that they are interested. I would go through the motions in this case and get to know the employer more. Even if it doesn't work out, it helps to have more exposure to the NP interview process.
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    Thanks to both of you. And you both are right. I remember my first day as a new RN grad-walked right into critical care. I thrived with that-likely jitters. Yes, indeed will go more prepared next time. Definitely a learning experience-practice is good, especially if you are not strong with interviews......thanks again!
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    Don't sell yourself short! I know it's easy to feel unworthy, scared, unprepared, and doubtful of your own abilities as a new grad. You've got to remind yourself that you have years and years of experience, you know this population, you know the guidelines for treatment of disorders commonly seen in this age group (or else you wouldn't have passed boards!) and you genuinely enjoy and care about geriatric folks. There are a lot of people who may interview for this type of position who don't have half of those much-needed attributes.

    Yes, you're new. No, you don't need to apologize for that in interviews. Your enthusiasm and appreciation for just this type of position should make you a very attractive candidate. So the interivew didn't go as well as you would have liked...now you need to really impress to make up for that. Start with an actual 'thank you' message to all those involved in your interview and use that to reiterate your enjoyment of the time you spent there in clinicals, your desire to serve this population, and how your dual certification uniquely qualifies you.

    Don't talk yourself out of a job that may be a perfect fit for you.
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    Are you working at this job? I have 1.5 yr experience as NP and just applied w/United HC for their House Calls medicare advantage program. Any one have info on salary range to ask for, I am currently in 83-84K range for a part time job w/o benefits. Thanks.


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