Yes, I would say it was starting to get difficult getting interviews after 2 years. Just being a new grad in general it’s hard to get jobs, I’m in San Diego so my area is saturated also. It’s all about having connection and who you know is how you will get a job!!! After being certified for 6-12 months, I had three job interviews through the company I work, they like to hire within so that’s why I got asked for interviews. So, with planned parenthood and minute clinic they do like to hire new grads and at each interview they both pretty much asked why the 2 gap. But they seemed understanding about it. I got an interview with minute clinic because my RN co worker who was a recent new grad Np got hired on and I asked her for the managers email so when I saw a open position online I emailed her and introduced myself and dropped my friends name. I also had one of my preceptors at school at minute clinic and they like that. Even at the interview they told me they called my old preceptor as a reference. Actually, had a really good interview there as well but they told me at the interview they did not have any available positions at the moment. I would have had to keep emailing the manager weekly to check back on openings. That’s how my co worker got the job. With planned parenthood I had another RN coworker at my current position who also works at planned parenthood as a NP. I would always ask him about working there. When I finally saw an opening at the planned parenthood in my area i applied. When I saw my co worker at work he said he would send my resume to HR, and he did!!! The next day I got a phone interview and they told me he had referred me. They also seem to like referrals from current employees.
So, basically this is how I got a job 2 after being certified. Look on craigs list also!! I got offered a part time position with a doctor for 2 afternoons a week but turned it down because i would have to keep my floor nursing job for benefits and I want out of that.
I would also say my confidence level after 2 years out is a little lacking from lack of practice. That’s one of the reasons a like planned parenthood, lots of training!!!
After having my baby I really tried looking for a part time NP job, but those are harder to come by especially as an new grad NP. If I were you I would not wait 2 years and try to find a part time Np job. I feel like after 2 years I was becoming unmarketable.
If you have any more questions let me know!!