How To Know When To Change Jobs As A Nurse Practitioner

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The thought of your Nurse Practitioner job not being the right fit can be scary. You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and energy – not to mention all the things that you have sacrificed – to get to this point, and now? You may have spent a lot of time imagining what it would look like to be working as an NP, and this isn’t it.

 Scary as it may be (and as surprising as it may sound), this is very common, especially for new grad Nurse Practitioners. And if you think there might be some time limit for feeling this way, there isn’t; even experienced Nurse Practitioners find themselves asking these same questions. Whether you are working with a collaborator or not, whether you are in primary care or a specialty, whether you have your own panel of patients or not – sometimes it’s just not the right job for you, and the grass is looking a lot greener on the other side.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Change Jobs As A Nurse Practitioner? 

In this week’s video, we will talk about not being in a job that’s the right fit for you, and how to know when it’s time to change jobs. We’ll discuss:

  • Questions to ask yourself if you are considering a job change
  • What a normal first-year experience as a Nurse Practitioner looks like
  • What to expect from the transition from student to clinician
  • When to consider a job change

Sometimes the need to make the change is very clear, other times it is not. If you are feeling like the assistant to your more experienced colleague or collaborator (and don’t want to), or if you are feeling like the setting is not right for you, or if you are feeling completely over your head every day and wondering whether you will always feel this way – consider whether what you are experiencing is standard first year growing pains or something deeper. 

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