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kdawnz MSN, NP

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kdawnz is a MSN, NP and specializes in AG-ACNP-BC.

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    What was your first AGACNP job?

    I think that sounds like a great setup. I interviewed for a Pulmonary position today. It’s mostly outpatient for the first year or so and then I should start doing consult and critical care stuff a bit too if I were to get it. Definitely eyebrows raised that all of my clinical time and degree specialty is inpatient, but overall it seemed to go well. Again, I feel like I’m in a rock and hard place. I’ve applied for inpatient jobs everywhere and am getting told over and over they want experience... and then the clinics are like “do you even know how to work in a clinic?” Frustrating. What things do you like about pulmonary specifically? Most of my clinicals were with pulmonary critical care which I really enjoyed, but wondering what things you enjoy in the clinic world with pulm?
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    What was your first AGACNP job?

    Hey all, curious what your first ACNP job was out of school? I am job hunting (which isn't great during this pandemic I realize), and have been told by 2 recruiters that I will almost certainly need to work in a clinic setting for my first job. This is a bit confusing to me since I did acute care as my specialty, spent my entire career inpatient, and did all of my training inpatient. When I have told them I am looking for an inpatient position they literally all say "you and everyone else". All of the inpatient positions I have applied for require prior experience, which is difficult to get when no one will hire you. AGACNP's seem to be somewhat of a rarety in the 5 state area I'm primarily looking and FNP's are working inpatient so that makes it tough for me without prior experience. If I need to bide my time in a clinic for a bit I will for sure, but I feel a bit backed in to a corner: I did Adult/Gero Acute Care which means I can't get any clinic job that cares for all ages. That pretty much leaves the specialties. Again, this is fine, but if my interest is to be a hospitalist or intensivist at some point, will clinic experience in a specialty be considered applicable?
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    No Jobs For New Grads Despite RN Time?!

    Thank you, I will try to push my concerns about duration out of my mind. I just know I would be frustrated when we would have new RNs come and we put all of his time, energy, and money in to training them only to have them leave after a short time. Given the lengthy process to get hired as a provider I assumed that there was quite a bit of stigma with leaving after a short duration. But you’re right, I will be a good provider in the long run and need to do what’s best for myself and family. I did quite a bit of research on the main place we are wanting to move to. I interviewed for two positions, there were four total available as of last month. One of the positions I didn’t get, the other three were all postponed or taken down due to Covid. It’s a small area so I’m not sure if/when they will become available again. Since those jobs were taken down, I have been looking all over in the neighboring states and applied for several jobs with minimal interest. Some of this is likely covid related but it’s hard to know for sure.
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    No Jobs For New Grads Despite RN Time?!

    Agree, and good luck to you too! I think I need to not get too worked up until things with Covid start to get somewhat under control... I applied for a PRN ICU RN job near me and haven’t even heard back on that either. Low census and other things are definitely a huge contributor.
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    No Jobs For New Grads Despite RN Time?!

    Thanks for the tips guys! Part 2 of my question: I’m willing to cast a wider net if need be, but I’ve typically been a person who sticks in the same place for a long time. Last job I was at for 11 years. I feel really weird moving somewhere, going through the lengthy credentialing process, getting trained, and then leaving after a year or two. I guess that’s why I’ve been somewhat picky about location. I don’t think that my husband or I have the mental fortitude to spend 5 years somewhere without access to the things in the outdoors that bring us joy. We can suck it up for a short time, but as I said, I feel guilty even considering doing that to a prospective employer. Is that just the norm and I’m being a baby about it? My husband and I have also considered having me just go work as a nurse in a desired place so that I can network and hopefully gain an in, especially in a smaller community. I have mixed feelings about this. It seems risky, but may pay off. Like you said, lots of people get jobs by word of mouth. My old job was not a good fit for me as an NP. I may come to deeply regret passing up the opportunity that I had there, but it had become a toxic environment and I really don’t think it would have been a safe space to be a new grad even though I spent 11 years with the group as an RN. Lots of change over the last 18 months so I chose to walk away. Very sad.
  6. I need a pep talk or moral support or something. I'm an AGACNP-BC as of December and am having a horrible time finding a job. I've been a critical care/ER nurse for 9 years, teach PALS and mock codes, charge nurse, CCRN, all the things. Went to a public and reputable university and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I live in the West and want to be in a smaller community, which I figured would work in my favor, but I am getting nothing. I have been a little picky about location because I want to be near skiing and biking, but even drastically broadening my search area I'm still getting minimal interest. I'm hearing back from some of the places that hopital jobs it took them over a year to fill in 2018 are having 10 applicants in 2 weeks. Jobs that used to have 5 applicants have 30. WTH?! How did things get this saturated so quickly?! I just got set up with several recruiters in the last week or so and am considering locums assignments if need be, but I'm just really frustrated. I feel like I shouldn't have wasted so much time "mastering" the nursing role and just gone to NP school quickly like most of the other people I know. I feel like my whole RN career means nothing and that I'm stuck in this weird place where no one will take me without experience but I can't get experience if no one will hire me. Anyone have any tips or positive stories or anything?
  7. kdawnz

    UTEP FNP Fall 2017

    Has anyone heard back from the ACNP Fall 2017 program yet? I interviewed mid June, but am still waiting! Eek!
  8. kdawnz

    NELRP 2014

    I signed mine on 7/31, the same day they sent me the finalist email.
  9. kdawnz

    NELRP 2014

    My contract was signed on Friday too! Hopefully a congrats email will be soon to follow!
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    NELRP 2014

    Wow! Lots of 7/31 folks still waiting. Hopefully anyday now!
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    NELRP 2014

    When did you get your final review notice?
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    NELRP 2014

    Any staff RN's still in final review?
  13. kdawnz

    Nurse Corps Loan Repayment 2014!

    Yeah, I have both options on mine as well. I swear if I look at the contract and only see my signature on it another time, I'm going to cry! I think I need to stop obsessing so much, but man it's hard! Good luck to you too, I'll let you know if I hear anything!
  14. kdawnz

    Nurse Corps Loan Repayment 2014!

    Me too! Thanks sjamerson! You've got your congrats email then, not just the cosignature?
  15. kdawnz

    Nurse Corps Loan Repayment 2014!

    I'm in the same boat... I've been in final review since 7/31. I'm also starting to get worried. I've been obsessing over what things could keep me from getting it, credit stuff or what could possibly be an issue. I don't even know if it matters, and I asked what issues could prevent you from getting the loan once it's in final review, but they didn't really say anything. Keep me posted, and I'll let you know if I hear anything!
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    Nurse Corps Loan Repayment 2014!

    I remember reading back through the old forums from this program the past few years, and someone said the customer care reps don't work or have anything to do with the application process, so they aren't real knowledgeable on the specifics. I kind of think they may be mistaken about the signature not being the right person on your contract... It says right on the contract before the signatures "The Secretary or his or her authorized representative must sign this Contract before it becomes effective." It seems pretty clear that it can be a representative? I'm a little encouraged that it took them a bit to get the signature on yours. I signed mine on 7/31, and I know a couple of people have had second signatures for a while that became finalists the same day as me. I talked to a rep yesterday, and they told me I can expect to hear something by September 30th. It's an honor just to be considered, but I agree, what an insanely stressful process!
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