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Hi!

I am a new FNP and I will be working full time CVS Minute clinic starting in a few weeks. I will be working 3-4 days a week with rotating weekends.

I have a few questions for you.

1. Would you recommend getting a supplemental job in addition to my full time job? (I am also open to volunteering...)

2. If yes, what other opportunities are out for their for APRN's looking for supplemental jobs?

Thank you

sailornurse

Specializes in ER/Tele, Med-Surg, Faculty, Urgent Care.

I would not recommend this for a brand new FNP. You will be working alone as the solo provider? Urgent care/walk in can be fast paced. And it is not all sore throats & UTIs. People come in to urgent care with all types of problems. Since you want to get supplemental job, try getting one in urgent care where there are other providers to guide you. Usually there is a 2 year learning curve for new NPs/RNs.

Agree completely with Sailornurse. You will have limited opportunities to learn at CVS. It is a great job for an experienced NP who does not want a lot of challenge and wants regular hours. It is not a good job for a new FNP at all.

sailornurse

Specializes in ER/Tele, Med-Surg, Faculty, Urgent Care.

Are you comfortable seeing infants & toddlers all by yourself? I remember when I started writing pediatric antibiotics, I would calculated 3 times I was so scared of overdosing a kiddo.

And yes you will be limiting yourself to opportunities to fine tune everything you just learned. After a couple years in primary care, then the minute clinic/urgent care jobs are fine.

Alicia777

Specializes in Surgery.

I will disagree with the others, my good friend has been at a minute clinic for a few years now and started as a new grad. They can see patients 24 months + so no infants as PP mentioned.

She's been happy, well-paid and has grown to become confident in treating these types of patients.

I would definitely keep it to just the MC job at least for the first year though.

CSWGIRL what is the virtual tryout?

BCgradnurse, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in allergy and asthma, urgent care.

Honestly, I think working at a Minute Clinic would be boring. They have very strict protocols you have to follow and there's not a lot of room for critical thinking. The flip side of that is that you have guidance and it's a little harder to get into trouble. That being said, it's tough to get a job as a new grad. You have to take an opportunity that you feel works for you. I would not recommend getting a another job until you feel comfortable with your new role. If you find you like urgent care, then look for a position at a center where you will not be the only provider and where they treat a wide range of conditions. I work per diem at the Urgent Care department of a large ambulatory health center. There are always at least 4 providers (MD, NP, PA) on, and we see pretty much everything short of traumas. It's interesting, fun, and we have each other to bounce things off of.

Just my opinion. Best of luck to you.

evolvingrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice.

I am a clinical instructor on the side....

I agree- completely. thank u

Ianscottrn

Specializes in Emergency.

I am going to be starting my ARNP program this fall and had goals to work in the minute clinic as well. Ive been an ER nurse for 8 years. I have not entered the role of mid level yet but I think I CVS would be a good place to start if you had previous experience with a myriad of ailments and age groups.

If not, I could see where it would be daunting as a first job. Urgent care might be a better place for a new grad who had very little multigenerational care prior.

sailornurse

Specializes in ER/Tele, Med-Surg, Faculty, Urgent Care.

I'm a former ER nurse and it's quite different being the only provider in urgent care/minute clinic type settings. Completely different ballgame being an ER RN vs FNP. One urgent care we do everything from X-rays/casting/ sutures etcetc just me and a MA. It's not as simple as it sounds. Almost anything walks in from kids with rashes, abd pain, mva, etcetc, but well I've only been a nurse for almost 40 years& only an NP for 15 so what do I know. Lanscottrn you say you've been Er nurse for 8 years and just starting your NP studies so have not yet started clinicals? Curious what you are basing your opinions on.

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Ianscottrn

Specializes in Emergency.

I think you should re-read my post. I said, "I think" it might be a good place or it could be "daunting." I based my opinion on what the FNPs I work with have told me, if that differs from your experience, that is totally fine. There was no need to get snippy.

You said you work in Urgent Care. That's infinitely busier with sicker people than a CVS minute clinic. I imagine the learning curve would be a lot easier in a minute clinic setting.

You being a nurse for 39 years means you have a lot more experience than myself. That being said, eight years in a very busy ER in a city isn't anything to write off as easily as you did. I respect your experience and definitely your opinion so thank you.

I agree with a previous poster that you should wait until you are comfortable with your new job before looking for supplemental income. I started at CVS Minute Clinic as a new grad and have found it to be a great starting place. Yes, there are clinical guidelines that we have in place to guide our care, but these guidelines that "guide" us are just that. We are expected to treat within them as they are made from evidence based practice, but we still have autonomy and can treat outside the guideline too as long as we are appropriately documenting and including rationale.

I have seen a lot of providers comes and go (experienced and new grads). Just like any job, not everyone is cut out for this type of job. People sink or swim. I know some providers who have left MC only to try out a different job, and then return. I have also had many coworkers who start here as a new grad and then after getting experience, have found other great jobs (hospital, private practice, etc) and have been very successful.

While we do not treat everything an urgent care setting can, we do see more critical conditions. The provider works alone so must know when a more appropriate referral is needed. Sometimes patients come here because they simply don't know where to go.

Good luck with your new job! If you have any questions about MC feel free to message me. There is also a 'Nurse Practitioners in retail health" that you can join to connect with your peers.

I have coworkers that get supplemental income by picking up extra shifts with different MC locations. I also have some that work PT for other companies/practices. If you are worried about losing skills, then I think picking up extra hours somewhere once comfortable with your FT work as a new grad would be a good idea.

blondenurse12, MSN, NP

Specializes in Family Practice.

I work at Minute Clinic and honestly, it is a good job in terms of experience and learning. A lot of people poo poo it but it is a radically different model of care than two years ago when I first hired on.

We see all types of complaints, headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, contraceptive counseling, smoking cessation, diabetic monitoring and teaching. We will soon be initializing treatment and managing hypertension. Basically we are a primary care office and urgent care smashed into one. We don't currently order imaging or labwork besides the basics but that will be changing in the next 12 months. We do have guidelines to assist in decision making but it's only a guide now, not a hardstop.

You will learn a lot and your co-workers will help you as will the docs on call. The schedule can suck but they are trying to change to every third weekend now. You also won't get narc seekers (Hallelujah!).

gerry79

Specializes in ED, Cardiac Medicine, Retail Health.

I currently work at Minute Clinic and have for the past 2 years (my first NP job) and must say that I have learned quite a bit. I will be leaving next week to pursue employment at an urgent care to broaden my scope of practice. I have seen many come and go, and those who have departed are doing well in their chosen area of care. An ex coworker convinced me to move to the urgent care, and after extensive shadowing I accepted the position. My advice would be to wait a year before seeking other employment.

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