I will be a new FNP next year and am unsure where the best place to work is. I had many different types of clinial experiences and unsure as a new FNP if it is to early to work in a specility office. Will I be limiting my learning skills, learning experiences as a new FNP going into a specility office? Is it best to work in a family practice office for a few years before I go into a speciality office so I am able to have more work experience?
Feb 2, '11
One thing to keep in mind is that at this level of practice, it's not quite as easy to switch jobs as it is as a RN. In general, it is good for a provider to give several months worth of notice vs a few weeks to allow for a new hire to be found and to figure out who is going to take over your patients for you. If you are really interested in a specialty, then that's where you probably should focus your energies when you graduate. If you aren't really sure what you want to do, being a generalist will help you keep up to par and allow you to be exposed to more professions.
Feb 2, '11
I'm a relatively new FNP (2009) and I do a combination of primary care and urgent care (adults only). I am definitely a generalist, and I'm I glad I chose this setting for my first job, as I've been able to hone my assessment skills and find out what I like and don't like. I'm thinking about moving to a specialty practice when my contract is up in the Fall, but that could change. I would recommend going the primary care/internal medicine route at first. However, the most important thing for your first job is to find a setting where you will be supported and mentored. I am fortunate to be in such an environment and it has made a tremendous difference in my confidence and knowledge.
Feb 2, '11
Did you ever get to do clinicals in a specialty setting ? I only ask because the whole time I was in school I thought I would want to work in outpatient cardiology...loved the CHFers, managing hypertension, etc.
I got to do a 60 hr clinical rotation with a cardiologist and while I learned SO much, loved the cardiologist and the office I HATED being in a specialty setting. Same thing every.single.day. I realized while I did love managing chronic diseases, I really had a passion for primary prevention and family practice. I love it when I get to talk to the 16 year old girls about birth control and I love it when every now and then I get a cutie 6 year old with an ear infection.
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