Specialty positions abound for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Interested in cardiology? No problem. Have a bent for oncology? There's a position out there for you. Specialty positions allow NPs and PAs to hone in on their interests and become experts in a focused area of medicine. Despite the draw of these types of job opportunities, some providers worry that accepting a specialty position will pigeon-hole them, limiting options for expanding their practice in the future.
Most medical clinics are far too dingy and generic if you ask me. The walls are always painted some sort of band-aid tan. The smell of hand sanitizer and alcohol swabs wafts through the air causing every patient, regardless of chief complaint, to conjure up images of some sort of painful procedure. Pediatric practices make an effort to brighten up the environment to welcome kids. Maybe its time adult-focused practices did the same.
I'm embarrassed to say it took me forever to change my name once I got married. The main reason for my procrastination? The thought of changing my name on all of my licenses and certifications necessary to practice as a nurse practitioner. Not only does an impending wedding day warrant thinking ahead about a name change, there are a lot of logistics to consider in regards to making your personal plans mesh with your employment situation.
Neither my current nor former employers, have had formal systems in place for giving regular feedback to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Sure, I get the occasional pat on the back or constructive criticism, but never an official meeting to evaluate my performance. I'm not sure if other NPs and PAs have had similar experiences, but I expect this is the case. Lack of regular feedback from your boss can potentially put you in a precarious career position. If your employer doesn't have a system in place for performance evaluations, you must take the initiative on your own.