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No start date due to covid-Need some advice/insight into my current situation


Hello all,

I'm an FNP who graduated back in August 2019. I finally landed a job at an FQHC in NYC after several months of grueling job hunting. I had an interview with the organization in December 2019, received a job offer, and accepted the offer within the same week. I applied for NY licenses in November 2019 and got all my licenses and certifications required to start work (NY-RN, NP, NPI, DEA, Medicare/Medicaid, NYS Medicaid and etc) by Late April 2020. I have been fully credentialed and completed the internal credentialing. I was supposed to start onboarding/training when I completed the credentialing but my employer is unable to give me a start date due to the current situation and pandemic in NYC. They further explained that they are currently unable to provide a safe environment for their new hires to onboard and new providers to train, which is understandable. They are evaluating and reassessing the situation every week and they will keep me updated as things change.

It's been 10 months since I graduated and I still have not started my career as an FNP, which makes me incredibly anxious about the lack of income, uncertain future, and the fear of potentially going back to job hunting.

What's the right career move here? Do I wait till things clear up and hear back from my employer?

Also is there anyone in a similar situation? I would love to hear about it.


meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

Can you not work as an RN in the interim?

Have you considered telehealth? Many postings now d/t COVID19. Some places will even help you get licensed in their state.

umbdude, MSN, NP

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

I would continue to look for other jobs aggressively. Even though you accepted that offer, because there is no guarantee it's perfectly understandable for you to withdraw if you do find work elsewhere.

If you have RN experience but not working as a RN, consider travel RN while waiting for a new job.