Are there any Rheumatology NP's out there? I'm a new FNP who just started a few months ago and would like some assistance with some of the guides you used to help you during your transition into clinical practice.
Jul 8, '13
My brother in law is a rheumatologist and I have talked with him about his hiring process for NP's in his practice. First thing he looks for is rheumatology experience - although 99% of applicants have none and he realizes this and is prepared to train them. The next thing he looks for is an interest in rheumatology - he wants to know if he invests time and money training you that you will be there for years to come. Im in NP school now, I plan to 1/3 of my clinical hours with a rheumatologist, then take the American College of Rheumatology's NP/PA course to get certified as a mid-level. If that's not enough to show a rheumatologist that I want to work in rheumatology, I don't know what is. Unfortunately, it is pretty difficult to get experience in rheumatology as an RN. Most rheumatologists do not use RNs unless they do infusions.