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job hunting in the time of covid

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by misshayley misshayley (New) New

Hi y'all,

So I have been an RN with the same network for 9 years. I graduated April 26 2020 and passed FNP boards June 4th.

I am feeling destitute applying to jobs. I get so few call backs and the only one that wanted me so far was a cash weight loss clinic for women looking to lose 20 pounds and upsell cosmetic procedures. I interviewed with cardiology today and its like slave labor hours. I am so discouraged. I spent so much time energy and money to put myself in a better position of working smarter. I loved all my clinicals and all the jobs I rounded with. Primary care won't even cough on you without 3 years experience. I am just so bummed. Is the market saturated? Is it all just Covid? any one else in the same boat?

aok7, NP

Has 12 years experience.

When I graduated NP school in 2017 I was in a hurry to complete my program as soon as possible because I was seeing the number of NPs graduating and felt a sense of saturation ahead.  At that time I still ended up moving literally across the country for a respectable job with a solid support for a new grad NP.  My heart is going out to NPs who are graduating now in COVID setting.  I advise applying all over the country.  To compare with our MD friends, they almost always have to go wherever residency offers opportunity.  Our first jobs as NPs are so very important, just as our RN early moves paved the way for ongoing tendency of opportunity.  Keep this your story, job search with a broad and personal mission, and don't give up. Good NPs (having been great RNs) will always be valued, so sell yourself and don't listen to naysayers.

NPdancer

Specializes in 11 YRS ER RN, 6 YRS Travel RN, New Grad AG-ACNP. Has 12 years experience.

Hello there!

I just graduated with my AG-AGNP on August 16 and I'm scheduled to take the ANCC certification in November. I've been an ER nurse for 11 years, now currently working in Nuclear Medicine, while doing ER PRN now.

I just literally had an interview yesterday with two doctors and administration for a cardiology group in the same hospital I am currently working in. I applied for this position one week after graduation, had my first interview on Monday, a follow up call on Tuesday, and then two interviews (with medical director and administration) on Friday. I was also sent a benefits package and then asked about my salary expectations. 

This is a M-F position (so different than my hours now) and it is seeing consults and rounding in the hospital. I am expected to do all H&P's and pre and post surgical notes (cath lab, transplant).

I have been applying since my last semester in NP school and I'm getting rejection emails daily. I am more than willing to take this position if offered to me to start somewhere. I feel it's a great opportunity to really develop a strong foundation base as a NP and I could possibly apply to the ER after a year or so.

I was told the only reason why this group was in such a rush to hire is because they lost two NP's due to Covid.

I have still been applying for every open position just in case. Good luck to you!

 

 

 

 

 

FullGlass, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care. Has 3 years experience.

The brutal truth is the NP job market is bad now because of COVID.  Take any NP job that is offered.  What's wrong with the weight loss clinic?  Weight management is a very important component of health.  Take the job!

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

I agree...can't be overly picky or concerned with money for the first job. Once you have the experience on your resume, things should be a bit better. I would work at a sweatshop for a year to get the experience rather than sitting home doing nothing.

I guess I disagree with the advice given. I waited and start Monday with a great job. Is it 100% perfect? No but it’s a solid job with solid pay and meets the requirements my husband and I had decided on for what I wanted in a job. I was still working as an RN and our bills were paid so I was not going to leap into a bad situation just for FOMO. In the end it took 5 months which really wasn’t terrible at all. As to what was wrong with the weight loss clinic... it was a for cash pill mill up selling cosmetic procedures to insecure women. If that’s your jam great but it’s not mine. I am genuinely interested in obesity medicine and medical weight loss which is why I applied and went on the interview. I’m glad I waited as I am excited about this first job: again it may not be the “dream job” but there are a lot of perks and will provide excellent experience and good flexibility for my family. It is in home primary care with a well established practice. Things all lined up perfectly. 

NPdancer

Specializes in 11 YRS ER RN, 6 YRS Travel RN, New Grad AG-ACNP. Has 12 years experience.

6 minutes ago, misshayley said:

I guess I disagree with the advice given. I waited and start Monday with a great job. Is it 100% perfect? No but it’s a solid job with solid pay and meets the requirements my husband and I had decided on for what I wanted in a job. I was still working as an RN and our bills were paid so I was not going to leap into a bad situation just for FOMO. In the end it took 5 months which really wasn’t terrible at all. As to what was wrong with the weight loss clinic... it was a for cash pill mill up selling cosmetic procedures to insecure women. If that’s your jam great but it’s not mine. I am genuinely interested in obesity medicine and medical weight loss which is why I applied and went on the interview. I’m glad I waited as I am excited about this first job: again it may not be the “dream job” but there are a lot of perks and will provide excellent experience and good flexibility for my family. It is in home primary care with a well established practice. Things all lined up perfectly. 

Congrats! 

Jobs are slim right now. Everyone is furloughed or tasked out to some other "thing" just to keep them working. I waited 3 months for a Locums position.

Hang in there. Definitely a great career. You just had the bad luck of graduating at a difficult time. It will pass