As a group, my nurse practitioner coworkers and I in the emergency department, enjoy some freedom in the way we structure staffing. Shift length has traditionally been determined largely based on input from members of the group. And, it seems, we have a difficult time reaching a consensus.
The lines are certainly blurred when it comes to nurse practitioners practicing in specialty areas. Family nurse practitioners, for example, have a broad medical background, and are trained to treat patients of all ages. This foundational knowledge prepares FNPs to work in a variety of settings, even those outside of primary care. Such grey lines create professional confusion, and questions about scope of practice guidelines.
We are so excited over here at MidlevelU headquarters about the success of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved. The inaugural year of our residency-like program for nurse practitioners is off to a strong start. We have nurse practitioner new grads, and even a few experienced NPs, jetting off to locations across the country to interview with prospective sites. Some have even finalized commitments to work with populations in areas of medical need for the 2016-2017 MMU class.
The thought of interviewing for a new job can make even experienced nurse practitioners shudder. Convincing an employer you're the best candidate for a position is anxiety provoking. Unknowns about how the interview will be conducted make preparation difficult. As someone who tends to be better with written communication than verbal, any interview, and particularly one for a job, is enough to make me wish I had a prescription for Xanax.