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Best RN job for FNP student?

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Specializes in Medical-Oncology, Nursing Education, Family Med.

I will be starting FNP studies in September, and am currently planning to relocate and return to where I grew up. I'm sorting through available jobs, and am at a loss for what is in my best interest. I know I want part time, and ideally somewhere that offers tuition assistance, but that's not required. I want to stay frosty without killing myself. I currently work on a very busy, high acuity medical-oncology unit with 2+ years experience. Any advice would be greatly appreciated :-)

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

Weekend option if you can find it! You get the extra pay and the entire week to do clinicals (for when you reach that point).

To keep your skills sharp throughout the entire lifespan... I suggest working ED. My wife is in her second year FNP program while also working in the ED. She loves it. Just my two cents.

adamRn79, BSN, RN

Specializes in Ortho. Has 4 years experience.

I'm 1 year into my program. Doing 3 12 hr night shifts per week medsurg. I don't coursework when it's slow. Playing on going to weekend schedule when clinicals starts.

My wife works Saturday and Sunday's from 1pm-1am. She picks up extra shifts when the class load is low.

PA_RN87, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in Medical-Oncology, Nursing Education, Family Med.

To keep your skills sharp throughout the entire lifespan... I suggest working ED. My wife is in her second year FNP program while also working in the ED. She loves it. Just my two cents.

I had considered the ED. It would definitely be an adjustment, but like you said, a great way to keep frosty on all age groups. My work experience had been primarily geriatric with some adult, so I'm inexperienced with younger age groups.

BirkieGirl

Has 25 years experience.

i am also in my FNP program almost half way done. i am currently working in an office setting and have found that it will be impossible to stay there much longer. i appreciate this thread because this question has been one i have asked many times. i have been in my current role for almost 20 years and am nervous to leave but next academic year i have patho AND pharm so i am currently applying around...

PA_RN87, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in Medical-Oncology, Nursing Education, Family Med.

Just wanted to update! I ended up accepting a clinical instructor position in an LPN program. It's perfect because I'll have a consistent schedule with no weekends or holidays, and I'll still have to keep frosty on things :-)

WKShadowNP, DNP, APRN

Specializes in Hospital medicine; NP precepting; staff education. Has 20 years experience.

To keep your skills sharp throughout the entire lifespan... I suggest working ED. My wife is in her second year FNP program while also working in the ED. She loves it. Just my two cents.

I second this. Good luck to you teaching the LPNs! A weekend job sounds wonderful for what you need. I cannot go part-time, but the ED is so ideal, especially the fast track, for preparing you for what you'll get in your various rotations (as far as acutely ill).

andrew.youv

Specializes in Crit Care, Vent, Step-Down, Tele, Float. Has 5 years experience.

Just wanted to update! I ended up accepting a clinical instructor position in an LPN program. It's perfect because I'll have a consistent schedule with no weekends or holidays, and I'll still have to keep frosty on things :-)

Congrats on the new job! Just a general thought: How will this coincide with your FNP clinical rotations?

Good luck!

PA_RN87, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in Medical-Oncology, Nursing Education, Family Med.

Congrats on the new job! Just a general thought: How will this coincide with your FNP clinical rotations?

Good luck!

This is part time, and they are aware of my schooling. I start rotations next year. They are also very flexible and supportive.

andrew.youv

Specializes in Crit Care, Vent, Step-Down, Tele, Float. Has 5 years experience.

This is part time, and they are aware of my schooling. I start rotations next year. They are also very flexible and supportive.

That sounds awesome! I'm also starting my FNP program in September, orientation is next week. I'm in my hospital's float pool, so I was able to schedule myself on weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) 3x12). It seems like this will work for my clinical rotations in a year along with giving me the week to finish my classwork. Let us know how working at the nursing school works out!

I agree. I worked for 5 years on a interventional cardiac floor. Working in the ED, at least ours, allows you to complete the SOAP note. Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan. Practice what you are taught in school. We even draw blood, order labs, order some rad tests all on our assessment prior the doctor even seeing the patient. It's AWESOME!