Now go rock your next interview!
Now go rock your next interview!
If you are searching for a new Nurse Practitioner job,
the following suggestions will help you identify a potentially troubled workplace so that you do not fall victim to secondhand stress.
Google the organization. Many healthcare websites have ratings and allow comments. Disgruntled patients can be a sign of an unhealthy environment. Facebook and twitter might also give you a snapshot of what employees and patients are saying about the hospital or clinic. Granted there will always be a one or two complainers but if you see a pattern then you should start to wonder what is going on.
Have you received a job offer but you just aren’t sure if you are ready to accept?
You may have left the interview feeling a little rushed, and that your questions were not fully answered. This is not unusual.
Receiving an NP or PA job offer is a bit like receiving a marriage proposal. It’s very flattering to know that you are wanted. But sometimes you can find yourself so overwhelmed by the notion that someone truly desires you that you don’t consider whether or not the feeling is mutual.
Starting a new job is not unlike a marriage, it is big commitment and shouldn’t be left to one’s emotions, because once done, it’s not easy to undo. It’s one of life’s little ironies (or jokes) that getting out of a bad relationship can be much more complicated than entering into one. (We will leave the topic of how to gracefully “divorce” a job for another blog!)
So for those of you entertaining an offer but still feeling unsure I recommend you consider a longer engagement. Before you think I have completely gone off the rails let me explain.
Ask for a “shadow” day. This has become more and more common in recent years. Requesting to spend a shift or two with one of their current providers, “shadowing” is a good way for both parties to get to know each other better.
As a clinician, you will get a clearer idea of not only the job duties and patient flow but also the personality of the practice. Remember, an interview lasts usually no more than an hour and everyone is on their best behavior. It’s a little harder to hide dysfunction for an entire day. If there is an undercurrent of tension or disorganization you are going to pick up on it.
So what’s in it for the employer? A good fit, that’s what employers get out of the shadow. Employers are just as eager to find an employee who fits in with their practice culture as you are to find a practice that fits you. A happy employee is a long term employee. As I have said many times before, clinicians rarely leave jobs where they are happy even if they can make better money elsewhere. Great pay and benefits aren’t enough for happiness.
Now that I think about it, that is the case for many marriages as well…
From a blog originally published on Advance for NPs and PAs
They say nursing “eats it’s own”. I had this recurring fantasy that when I became an NP that something would change, unfortunately this hasn’t been the case for me or many other Advanced Practice Nurses.
I have been receiving several letters lately from APRN’s all over the country expressing their frustration with their RN peers. They recount stories of the RN’s behaving like “tyrants” towards them. They accuse them of nitpicking, refusing to help and generally making the NP’s work life miserable. In some cases they tell me, RN’s are even assigned to supervise the NP’s. (This is a situation that seems wildly inappropriate at best, and downright dangerous at it’s worst.) The nurse practitioners attribute the RN’s behavior to “professional jealousy”.
Now I know there are 2 sides to every story and I am sure the nurses have their tale to tell as well. But unfortunately I too have observed and experienced some of this behavior firsthand. A few years ago I was working an assignment in which the RN’s refused to do vitals on my patients when they roomed them. Why? “Because you are a nurse” was the response. I shrugged it off because I personally liked these nurses but I must admit it really grated on me professionally.
This is a sad and disappointing side to our profession. When I teach new nursing students it’s one of the first things they ask me about in class. What does this say about us? In my years working as a recruiter I can tell you that it’s not money that leads many NP”s to search for a new job. Most Nurse Practitioners quit because they are unhappy and frustrated with their current work environment.
I’m throwing this one out to you for discussion. Do you have a story like this to tell? What have you done to resolve the problem? If you are a Physician Assistant does this happen to you as well or is this strictly a “nursing” problem? Leave me a comment.