What is the job market like for new NPs? - page 2

I'm currently an RN but have always wanted to go further and become an NP. I am looking at applications right now and wondering if the job market for NPs is as impacted as it is for RNs. I have... Read More

  1. Visit  Cindycin37 profile page
    "I Have a Degree in Nursing-- Do You Want Fries With That?" I'm so frustrated & unable to find a job. I graduated May 2011. Not sure if I should go into something else. I love studying anatomy & physiology. I enjoy learning about different diseases & analyzing a solution to health problems. I feel like I lost clinical skills & now going back over nursing nclex questions to try & keep my mind fresh. I'm thinking about taking an RN refresher course. Really frustrated & disappointed. Its not what you know today but more of who you know. I really dont know anyone in medical field in my area & Im home fulltime. I have to get any job soon just to keep my sanity.
    Last edit by Cindycin37 on Jan 24, '13
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  2. Visit  harmonizer profile page
    Job market is just ok for now with upcoming oversupply. I graduated from the psych NP program in South East. I have trouble finding a good paying job for a few months. Therefore, I graduated in May but did not start working until August! One of the classmate from Psych NP program did not start working until December and she graduated in May. All FNPs, Pediatric NP, and Psych NPs that graduated last may I know found jobs but most of us are offered low salary. The exception is ER and locums tenens. I know one FNP who started working in ER as a new grade. She was offered very good salary. One of new grads FNP took locums job in another states and get paid very well.
  3. Visit  tejon profile page
    Thanks to all who replied. I've done a bit of soul searching and realized that I really want to become a Nurse Practitioner, period. Hopefully the job market waiting for me is kind, but if it isn't I will hang in there until I can move forward into the next part of my career. I'm excited to start!
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  4. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
    I live in central IL and was called out of the blue this week by a headhunter that had four jobs in northeast IL and 3 in Phoenix.
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  5. Visit  NerdyNikki profile page
    As bad as our economy is, I believe that NP are becoming to be the forefront of today's medicine. I also believed that the lack of today NP jobs really depends on the location and field you are after. Not to mention the salary and benefits as well. You could definitely find a job but they offer you crappy benefits and salary. What are you to do then ???? I was originally attempting the acute care adult NP program but switch to FNP because I thought it would offer me more in the job field. With my years of critical care experience, I hope this influence my job acceptability as well
  6. Visit  harmonizer profile page
    NerdyNikki makes a good point. Job market may not be bad to the point that we can't find employment in some areas yet but it may be already bad enough to the point that employers are not willing give us the "fair" salary and benefit (because other new grads or applicants demand less). Lots of jobs offer minimum amount of PTO for a full time position 2-3 weeks per year?? The minimum I will take is 4 weeks + holidays and CME. I would rather do locums than full time with poor PTO and benefits so at least I take control of my time off. Even this, it is still bad to me. I just hope all schools will transfer to DNP. At least, this will make new grads have more debt and demand a better pay to cancel out student loan. Who want to take more responsibility and liability without fair pay even in saturated market?
  7. Visit  LetsChill profile page
    Tons of new grad NP jobs out there. I have the Indeed.com app. I just typed in 'New Grad Nurse Practitioner' and right now I am getting 1,759 results. Now of course location, specialty, and salary are all factors but there are jobs. Period.
  8. Visit  UMAshtangi profile page
    I think it's really dependent upon what area you're in, AND how flexible you are. As I was studying for boards I heard Amelie Hollier (2012) saying that when she found her first job she was determined to stay with it for a year (APEA). I think that's sound advice.

    I live in Southern CA, and there are plenty of NP job listings. ALL of the interviews I had asked me about previous RN experience, and were pleased with my ICU experience as well. Ultimately, I was job offered by a company I did rotations with as a NP student. They're a great company to work for, lots of team spirit, great pay, 4 weeks PTO, money for CE and DNP, full benefits, etc. I feel very fortunate to have such a great work environment right out of school.

    Be flexible, and you'll find something. Also, look for a state with good practice autonomy as you'll probably find more openings there.
  9. Visit  live_free profile page

    I myself am also interested in going back to school to advance my career as an NP. I am conflicted about which field I would like to enter (FNP, ACNP, PMHNP, or an NP with a holistic focus). I'm also concerned about being able to find a job once I graduate, especially since the state I live in (FL) has limited scope-of-practice restrictions for NPs.

    I found an article from a credible source that offers a lot of general information for anyone interested in the NP profession.

    Hope this helps

    NIHCR: Primary Care Workforce Shortages: Nurse Practitioner Scope-of-Practice Laws and Payment Policies
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  10. Visit  JeanettePNP profile page
    Quote from NerdyNikki
    As bad as our economy is, I believe that NP are becoming to be the forefront of today's medicine. I also believed that the lack of today NP jobs really depends on the location and field you are after. Not to mention the salary and benefits as well. You could definitely find a job but they offer you crappy benefits and salary. What are you to do then ????
    Unless you have multiple job offers, you take the job with crappy salary and benefits and work your way up. You can always find a better job once you have some experience under your belt. What I'm making now is on the low end of the range for NP's but still about $10K more than I would be making as a new grad RN.
  11. Visit  Curious1alwys profile page
    Same as me! I joined a gym to keep my sanity but that's beside the point. LOL.

    We are similar. I love learning, love analyzing. I sometimes doubted whether I possessed the "people" skills for nursing or the ability to carryout the skills (mechanical?) but as the years go by I realize I want to make a bigger impact in my life and I believe nursing is the way...one of the ways. You may consider that refresher, just know that in this market it may not help until you get that BSN. That's the way it worked out for me, at least. Good Luck girl!
  12. Visit  Curious1alwys profile page
    and ROTFLMAO about the "would you like fries with that" comment.
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