I live in California and I graduated from a NP/CNS program back in 2008. I did a 1 year stint as a part-time NP soon after to get my DEA and NPI. The project and my contract completed so I didn't get to practice as a NP further. Problem is that it has been EXTREMELY hard to find another NP job to fit my schedule since I also work as a bedside RN. (Economy is still bad so it is hard to give up my RN job plus I have bills to pay!) Also, many places want a more experienced NP rather than a newbie with barely any experience like me.
To make a long story short...I feel like my NP skills are getting extremely rusty and I don't feel confident enough with my NP skills anymore to apply for NP jobs.
I am sure there are others on the same boat. Are there workshops, helpful guides, references, reviews, etc. that you think will help sharpen my skills and keep me up to date?
I've thought of attending a NP certification preparation course even though I have attended it before. I actually have the review materials from the Fitzgerald and Barkley and Associates review courses. I've even thought of volunteering at a local clinic, but they don't really want to train.
Please tell me about your experiences and let me know what would help my situation.
Thanks ahead of time!