Sigh...the dreaded day...advice needed - page 5
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Greetings to all. I just discovered this site only hours ago through a friend of mine. I am absolutely overjoyed to have stumbled upon such an amazing site such as this one. I am writing this post because...I am seeking... Read More
- 1Feb 4, '13 by BostonFNP GuideRemember you are never alone! I consult with my MD and NP colleagues many times a day, and they do the same.
Really to be a good provider there is one simple secret: know what you don't know, and know how to find the answer. If I am unsure, I consult a colleague. If they are unsure I am in the phone to a specialist.
Best of luck in our interview. That's a challenging role to fill. Honestly, I would look for on where you can spend dedicated time learning to be a provider and slowly ramp up.
- 1Feb 4, '13 by CauliflowerCongrats on the job offer Pink Pinkster!!! And welcome to this site. Once you start working, I don't think it'll be as bad as you imagine. It's a matter of getting oriented to what that practice wants, and then it's just repetition, which helps boost your confidence. Soon you'll feel as confident as an APN as you do with management. If I were in your shoes, I'd be seeking APN jobs, not RN jobs. Why learn two different positions (which can be very different) when you've got the brains behind the APN? You can do it!
- 1Feb 4, '13 by Sun0408So, did you get the job??
While nursing is a tough job with much to be responsible for the only quote I live by is "nothing to it but to do it". Please don't get me wrong, I am by no means playing down our role but we can't let fear stop us. We have to use that fear to push us to be better, learn more etc. We all have anxiety in some form or another and we will all have difficult situations to maneuver through. The thing is, with each new situation we learn, grow and reflect.
- 0Feb 5, '13 by PinkPinksterGreetings all,
I barely have had time to breathe it seems these last several days because of my prior obligations with my work as well as my continued job searching and 2nd interview I just had. I was so determined to secure a nursing position that I had already provided notice to my Regional Director that I would potentially be leaving two months back as a way to motivate myself to actually follow through this time. I am extremely comfortable in my present position so I needed to light a fire so to speak underneath my bottom to get going. Now that she is aware that I have already started the interview process of my job search we have finally announced my decision to the staff since we had decided to withhold that information in case something changed. I will stay to help screen new applicants for our company until a new Manager has been selected. So to sum this paragraph up...IM ACTUALLY GOING FORWARD WITH THIS TRANSITION!!! HOLY COW!!
With that said I met the clinic staff today whom I found to all be extremely pleasant and nice. I have never wanted to work somewhere so intensely before today. I bonded immediately with the Doctors wife and she seems really enthusiastic about the prospect of me joining their small team which is a relief on so many levels. The doctor requested that I come in Saturday and Sunday when it doesnt conflict with my current work schedule to observe how the clinic functioned and of course to shadow. He didnt state that I would be seeing patients during this time and I didnt have the courage to ask him, all he said was to "shadow and observe clinic flow". I did reach out to one of my friends whom I hadnt spoken much to since we were batchmates and she stated that most likely he would be observing me as I seen a few patients to assess my knoweledge and work ethic. Does anyone know what is standard when a potential provider is observing? He said he would like to "hammer out the fine details" and finalize things by next week which I hope means he's leaning in the direction of taking a chance and hiring me.
Also, he did mention that he was interested in potentially expanding clinic hours which I found to contradict his previous statement of wanting to have more time off. Of course its not a big deal as I am just happy to even be considered for this position. He also asked me if I would mind working the evenings and weekends which I told him "of course not" despite the voice in the back of my head that was screaming "yes you do!". Also, I am slightly concerned when considering the fact that I would be assuming the role of the Office Manager as well as working a dual role as a provider and expected to work at nights and the weekends when typically an onsite manager is generally needed during the day time. It is apparent now that the Doctor is not exactly sure in what capacity he will utilize me or what the responsibilities of this job will exactly entail for that matter. Its definitely obvious that this position I will be assuming if I am offered the job will be created and defined as time goes on...the doctor is absolutely playing it by ear much more than I realized. Nonetheless I am convincing myself that I am capable and up to this exciting new challenge and this opportunity is worth the risk.
Thanks to everyones immense support and advice. I look forward to it.
- 0Feb 5, '13 by roser13I feel compelled to point out just a couple of warning signs that I see in your post:
First, be very cautious about a clinic that is run by a husband/wife team. That combination can work very well or it can be truly lethal. Be very observant of the interactions between wife-husband and wife-staff.
Secondly, if you really DO mind working nights and week-ends, you need to be up front about it from the beginning. I'm not saying to refuse, but negotiate a schedule that you can live with. You DO have negotiating power and you WILL be an asset to the clinic.
Please don't sell yourself short in these preliminary negotiations. Obviously, the MD isn't quite sure yet what the parameters of the position will be, and you need to participate in forming them into a position that is workable for you both. It's very easy under the circumstances to lose sight of the fact that as much as you might want a particular position, an Employer also finds much desirable about you.Last edit by roser13 on Feb 5, '13