Does it Get Better as a Nurse Practitioner?

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Let’s be real: the first few years of practice as an NP can be TOUGH. Not only do you have this vast amount of new clinical knowledge to put into practice, but you’re also learning the ins and outs of how a clinic runs (for better or worse), and adjusting to being the place where the buck stops. Is it really surprising that you are wondering if it gets better?

It’s a kind of taboo topic, even though it’s a common question that most NPs ask (if only to themselves). It’s also time to put a spotlight on it, to normalize it, and to realize that most of us have asked that question - and managed to make it through to the other side.

Does it actually get better as a Nurse Practitioner?

This week, let’s talk about how it gets better as a new NP:

โœ… How long does it take to get better?

โœ… The role transition from RN to NP

โœ… How the complexity of the US healthcare system impacts transition to practice

โœ… Examples of what it looks like when it DOES get better

Know that you’re not alone, and you’re doing better than you think. And at some point, the day will come that it will get better – either naturally or because you made the adjustments so that it is better for YOU. 

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