Seeking Advice: Direct Entry Blues - page 8

I am a graduate of direct entry accelerated BSN/MSN program for non nurses. I came into the role of APN, specifically NP as a very green graduate. I did very well in my program, but am finding... Read More

  1. by   Oldmahubbard
    I am curious regarding the OP's apparent inability to succeed on their first job, ie, if any specifics were mentioned. Too slow? issues with differential diagnosis?
  2. by   Skippingtowork
    It is quite possible that pediatrics is not for the OP. In that field you really have to be productive as it tends to be less profitable per patient. You also have to deal well with the family. Essentially, you have 2-3 patients per visit (mom, dad and child). Not everyone is warm and fuzzy or enjoys children. If OP was an FNP grad versus a PNP grad, the transition may be harder. Clearly her invitation to move along could not have been related to safety or competence. If possible, OP may like adults or specialty. Also, some NPs don't find pediatric primary care interesting. They prefer excitement. I would love to hear what OP decided.
  3. by   mk989
    Just wanted to update, especially for those who found themselves in a similar situation...don't give up. As Kelly Clarkson's song goes, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." When everything first came up I was quite sad but then decided to react in a different way, I grew real fast and kicked my rear into gear in many ways. I was offered to stay and received a raise.

    Strangely enough I do plan on venturing into a specialty though, I'm still fairly young and want to try out different things.

    Thank you for all of your advice and support.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Well, looks like my question was answered! Congratulations on your success and best wishes going forward.
  5. by   Riburn3
    Quote from mk989
    Just wanted to update, especially for those who found themselves in a similar situation...don't give up. As Kelly Clarkson's song goes, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." When everything first came up I was quite sad but then decided to react in a different way, I grew real fast and kicked my rear into gear in many ways. I was offered to stay and received a raise.

    Strangely enough I do plan on venturing into a specialty though, I'm still fairly young and want to try out different things.

    Thank you for all of your advice and support.

    Sometimes it takes a little fire under your bum to get you moving and motivated. I'm happy for you!

    When I first started working as a baby RN in critical care, my preceptor told me I didn't seem motivated and she didn't like that I constantly had to be told what to do like I was still in nursing school. That moment dropped me into full gear, encouraged me to be more confident in what I was doing, and really led me down a path that turned into a great leadership career as a critical care RN, and now a dual certified NP, earning in the top 1% of NP's.

    Those moments are about seizing the day. You can either let them get you down and wreck you, or you can use them as motivation to make yourself better. I'm glad you did the latter.

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