3 Things I Learned from My NP New Grad Job Search Experience

By Guest Contributor Justin Groce, AGNP-C

So, you’ve just graduated from your nurse practitioner program? Congrats! I wrapped up NP school and officially entered the job market in 2015. I quickly discovered there are some highs and lows for new grad NPs when it comes to the job search. If you’re a new nurse practitioner graduate this year, here are three tips based on my personal experiences.

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Can Nurse Practitioners Administer Dermal Fillers?

Scope of practice questions are tricky. In many cases, the law does not outline specifically what types of procedures APRNs are allowed to perform nor does it expressly prohibit nurse practitioners from offering certain services. Rather, NPs tend to be regulated by a very general set of practice guidelines. In many states, however, cosmetic procedures like administering dermal fillers (ex. Juvederm, Restylane) are treated differently. 

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The Truth about Social Media and Your NP Job Search

Will your Instagram account affect your nurse practitioner candidacy?

Whether you’re on the hunt for your first nurse practitioner job or are making a career change, you’ve undoubtedly heard your fair share of warnings about how your social media profiles can affect your chances of landing an NP position. But is it really true? Do potential employers really investigate your social media presence as part of their hiring process? 

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Working for a Mom & Pop Practice: Do or Don't

Working for a small practice can have a lot of appeal as a nurse practitioner. You avoid the bureaucracy associated with employment in a large health system. You may be able to work out a flexible employment arrangement with ease. Not to mention, you might simply enjoy the close-knit group of individuals you work with. As you evaluate your options, the size of the practice is important to consider and will directly impact your day-to-day. Consider these things if you're thinking about joining a clinic that could be described as a "mom & pop" practice. 

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Can You Really Accept that Nurse Practitioner Job?

Making realistic NP career moves 

There are a wealth of opportunities out there for job-seeking nurse practitioners. From unique practice settings to distinct patient populations and geographic location, the options for your career are endless. 

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What's the Pass Rate for the Acute Care NP Certification Exam?

Passing the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam is the key to entering practice if you're graduating from your ACAGNP program this year. It's standing between you and employment (i.e. a paycheck)...no pressure. If you haven’t already, odds are at some point, you’ll have a stressful thought or two about which exam to take and whether you’ll actually pass. What do the stats say about your decision?

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Cardiology Certifications for NPs That Don't Require Another Degree

...because you've been in school long enough

I received an excellent question from a nurse practitioner this weekend. This particular NP reached out about programs that allow nurse practitioners to receive specialty education or acknowledge specialty experience without returning to school for an additional degree. Most nurse practitioner programs offer broad education tracks rather than subspecialty education. So, NPs with focused interests are left to blaze their own trails toward further specialization. 

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Six Ways to Fight a Post NP Graduation Slump

Graduating from your nurse practitioner program is a bittersweet accomplishment. On one hand you’re beyond excited to finally be done with school and eager to start your new profession as an NP. On the other hand, you may also feel overwhelmed and stressed about the uncertainty of your future now that school is over and it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice.

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3 Steps to Take If Your Supervising Physician Isn’t Cutting It

I’ve had a number of supervising physicians throughout my years as a nurse practitioner. Some I’ve looked up to. Others not so much. Some physicians have served to add bricks of clinical knowledge to my ever-growing medical foundation. Others have dodged my questions. Even if you practice in a state without a supervisory or collaborative practice requirement, as a nurse practitioner you’re going to do a lot of on-the-job learning and physicians are a natural go-to in this quest to grow your knowledge. 

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How Much Will Your RN Salary Increase as a NP?

One of the great things about the nursing profession is that there are a number of directions you can take your career. And, you can take these steps at any point. This gives seasoned and inexperienced RNs the motivation to constantly improve and advance professionally. If you're planning to further your education, due diligence is in order. In some states becoming a nurse practitioner may not mean the raise you're expecting. In other locations making the move from RN to NP pays off financially. How much more can you expect to earn by becoming a nurse practitioner in your state? 

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The Inside Scoop on Financial Aid for NP Students

I'm certainly not an accountant, but I'm not bad with numbers either. I can plan and maintain a budget (unless I find myself at Nordstrom...), and make appropriate decisions regarding my finances. Despite my personal financial know-how, reviewing financial aid options for nurse practitioner students makes me cringe. 

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5 Warfarin Management Resources for FNPs

After the potential side effects and complications of warfarin were hammered into me in my nurse practitioner program, I was pretty terrified to prescribe the medication. Not to mention, I felt like my NP program spent so much time discussing the complications of warfarin, they forgot to hone in on how to actually manage the medication effectively. Where do you go when you aren't sure what the next steps are to manage an out-of-whack INR correctly?

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