It's a great time to be a nurse practitioner. The job market for NPs is overall looking good as more and more companies realize the value nurse practitioners can provide to patient care. But, many NPs still find searching for a job a frustrating experience. Yes, there are jobs out there, but which one matches best with your personal and professional needs?
I might as well declare myself a pediatric fever specialist. I have been treating kid after kid after parent after parent for fevers, coughs, colds and the flu. I'm pretty sure my clunky nursing clogs have left skid marks on the hospital's laminate floor. After the first few hours of my shift a few evenings ago I felt like I was in the movie groundhog day with each patient all too similar to the last. The flu is everywhere. Whenever I find myself feeling like a hamster on a wheel at work, once I get past the initial exhaustion of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I get nervous- for a few reasons.
Congrats! You have fulfilled your dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. Now, about those loans... Graduating from your NP program with a mountain of debt can certainly dampen your spirits. The excitement you feel about your new career path is met with worry and fear over your financial situation. Conquering student loan debt is no easy task, but fortunately many programs and employment opportunities offer loan repayment help for NPs.
How do you unwind after a long day at the clinic or hospital? Maybe you go for a walk or jog. Perhaps you cook a gourmet(ish) meal. Or, maybe you don't get to kick back until you crawl under the covers for some sweet, sweet sleep. One sure recipe for a relaxing evening is, of course, pouring a tall glass of vino. Whether you prefer merlot or chardonnay, if you've got a nurse practitioner on your list this year, wine accessories can make the perfect gift.