Career Prospects for a New Grad FNP


  • Specializes in ED, L&D. Has 8 years experience.

I am living in the south east US. I am starting FNP school this fall. After many years in the ED, I am super passionate about preventive care and feel many primary care providers are not focused on this aspect of care. My dream is to be part of a movement to promote primary prevention efforts.

However, I know I can't do this initially. Just wondering what my realistic job prospects will be for a new grad FNP....

I have done a basic search on the internet and have not found many open positions, but wondering if I'm searching the wrong places??

Now I'm second guessing my specialty and wondering if I should dual enroll in another program to make myself more competitive.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!!

Thank you,


Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

IMO, this is a great time for you to make the move to FNP because US healthcare is shifting into a population health model in which wellness & 'hospital avoidance' is much more highly valued. Historically, job availability will always be driven by reimbursement - so if 'avoiding readmissions' and 'managing chronic illness' are rewarded (like they are in the new model) then the jobs will be there.

Wishing you all the best on your career progression


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Specializes in ED, L&D. Has 8 years experience.

Thank you HouTx! Glad to hear some assurance!

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Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 46 years experience.

Check out local Business Journal... I see many NP ads in Philadelphia's version: