Seasoned NPs: How do you switch specialities?

  1. So, graduated last Dec and got a job as a new grad *phew* in a Long Term Care/Rehab facility. Feeling like Im ready to move on. Unfortunately, most of the job postings I have come across are looking for very specific experience in the respective fields. I fear Ive pidgeonholed myself into career SNF work. Any advice/tips on to how to break free?
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   juan de la cruz
    If you've only work in this field for a year, I think you haven't pigeonholed yourself. The truth is, it's probably going to be harder for someone like myself who has been working in Critical Care since 2004 to switch to a field such as Long-Term Care (not that I would want to do that). I actually started out working in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation straight out of NP school and stayed in it for a bit over a year. It did become boring for me and I pursued more Acute Care oriented fields by just applying everywhere I see a job posting and there were interviews that didn't pan out. What helps is if you can make connections. I don't think it's the fact that you work in SNF that's turning off potential employers, I think it's not knowing who you are among a pile of resumes. To be honest, I was able to break out into Critical Care in 2004 because I knew an NP in the group I was applying to (a batch mate from my ACNP program). In a competitive environment, it helps to have someone put in a good word about what you are like as a potential NP. I wouldn't need that now and I got my current position because I am experienced in this field as an NP.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    My nursing experience was ER and ICU. Ive been in nephrology for almost 7 years now but have been offered several ER positions just because of my renal experience.
  5. by   Iridescence
    Do you both have Acute Care NP certification?
    Have any leads on Bay Area jobs (namely SF?)
  6. by   juan de la cruz
    I'm an ACNP, yes, and I do work in San Francisco. Leads? not at the moment but I haven't been keeping an ear out. I'm happy where I am.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    I'm actually an adult and peds CNS and my education allows me to do both acute and chronic care.