First Year Nurse Practitioner Survival Tips: My Top 3

New Nurse Practitioner Survival Tips

Do you ever have the thought:

Is this what primary care is? …what did I get myself into?

Almost every new grad has these thoughts, myself included. And it’s completely normal.

(And I promise it gets easier.)

In this video you’ll learn:

  • Your lifelines now that you don’t have a preceptor
  • What to do if you feel like you’re completely drowning
  • How to get support if you feel like you aren’t getting it at work

Once you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you.

What’s the number one most helpful thing you’ve had or done in your first year?

If you’re a student, what is the number one thing that would be most helpful for you to feel better going into your first job?

Leave me a comment below. Be sure to share your thoughts directly in the comments, no links or videos as they may be removed.

Thanks so much for watching. Hang in there, and see you soon.


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29 thoughts on “First Year Nurse Practitioner Survival Tips: My Top 3”

  1. Your video was great. I am a graduating student. I think having a mentor is a great idea. I also wonder about job contracts. Do you ask for the same as an RN? I would like to have references to make sure I give good care to my patients.

    1. Thanks so much! Are you an NP student or RN student? Congratulations on graduating!!

      A lot of RN hospital-based jobs are adopting a residency/preceptorship model, so you have supervision for at least the first 3 months if not longer (for a residency).

      I didn’t ask for a mentor/mentoring meeting once a week as an RN just because it’s typically such a team-based model on a hospital unit, and most of the decisions have to be made on the spot (I worked as an inpatient RN). I did check in with my supervisor every once in a while (usually when I was having a crisis of confidence!), but it probably would have been better for my development if that was more regular (we didn’t have a nurse manager for a big chunk of time at my first job).

      There’s a nurse named Nurse Liz on youtube that I’m friendly with that answers a lot of RN specific questions if you want to check it out! Let her know I sent you if you do πŸ˜‰

      1. I graduated last year and I am in the job search. I get frustrated even I receive responses of lack of experience. This intimidates me in a way. Mentoring with you will build my confidence. Thanks for sharing your videos.

        1. You’re so welcome! If you haven’t already, check out my friend Amanda’s website for help with your job search! She’s an NP and she’s got some great tools to help with the career side of becoming a nurse practitioner πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m 8 months shy from graduating and would love to have a mentor. I really love your videos and your approach to explaining things!

    1. Awesome!! Congratulations! I’m so glad the videos are helpful πŸ™ Having a mentor is πŸ’― extremely helpful. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  4. I think it is awesome of you to be extending yourself to others. Thank you. It was interesting and informative.
    I recently finished my NP program (Women’s) and believe a resource is a great idea.

    1. Tooksie, thanks so much! I’m glad it was useful! Congratulations on finishing your program!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Such a big accomplishment. LOVE women’s health. I hope you find your first job switftly! πŸ™‚

  5. This is the first clip of yours that I have watcher; thank you so much for taking your time and experience and sharing it with us! Having NP’s like yourself is such a relief to those just starting. Thank you –

  6. Hi Liz, you’re a life saver. I just finished as a new AGDNP and got a job as a provider in nursing homes. I will start in about 2 weeks and know I will need all the help I can.
    A friend brought me here. I have signed up for the resource guide and will want you to mentor me. I can’t sign up for the 1:1 as I don’t have specific challenge questions yet.

  7. Samantha Bollan

    Love your videos! I have been practicing for 2 whole months πŸ˜‚ and am seeing 8-9 patients a day! I have questioned a few times if this is really what I am meant to do bc family practice is sooo hard. Your lab videos have been perfect and soo helpful! I hope to see more videos from you!

    1. Thank you! And congratulations!! You’re in the toughest part right now– right when you’re probably wondering if you should go back to your old job (which is completely normal!). It’s SO tough, but every month gets better and better. You got this!!

      I’m in this for the long haul, so you’ll see plenty of videos from me, each and every Tuesday!! Let me know if there are topics you want to hear about or questions you have!

  8. Your videos are great. A huge help as I am in my first year as a new NP. You break it down very simply and state only the important facts on the topic. Very helpful! Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad it’s helpful πŸ™πŸ™ You’re so very welcome.

      Definitely let me know if there are topics you want to hear about!

  9. Hi Liz: I am just finishing up credentialing. I have been watching your videos. I like your style as it seems you are not adding fluff like you might get in school. As time goes by I am more and more terrified to start. I graduated in February and worry that I have forgotten everything. But these videos are bringing some of it back. Thanks.

    1. Hey Barb! Thanks so much! Yes I definitely like to cut to the chase, nuts and bolts only (although I can get a little chatty sometimes ☺ There’s so much muscle memory and repetition, once you’re in it it’ll come flooding back! My brain felt like molasses after maternity leave but after a few weeks I was able to settle back in.

  10. Liz
    Thank you for the wonderful informative information. I am not really a new Grad graduated in 2017 and continued working fulltime as a director in an assisted Living did per diem work as an NP. I am however about to start working full time as a nurse practitioner and i must say your videos and cheat sheets are great resource. I am nervous and excited to begin this new chapter. I have not thought of a mentor but do have a few colleagues that i have referred to as needed. lets see how this goes Dec 2nd starts a new chapter!

    1. I’m so glad they’ve been helpful!! It’s a big transition, I’m here for you! Thanks so much for spreading the word, I really hope to help as many NPs as possible. Congratulations on your new chapter!!

  11. Thanks Liz for reaching out to new NPs, I recently passed and I’m still on the look out for a job and not too many good offers right now, I found your video to be very refreshing and relaxing and it will be my definite go to when I do find a job.

    1. Absolutely! I’m so sorry it’s been tough getting a job. I focus more on the clinical stuff than the career stuff, but that is my friend Amanda’s jam. She’s working on some resources for new NPs with regards to their job search– you can find more info at ! I hope you find it helpful πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Liz,
    Your video was awesome! I am a second year DNP student and the reality of only having a year left is starting to set in. Finding a mentor is something that I plan on doing once I land my first job. I am definitely interested in learning more about the one to one mentoring with you! Thanks for reaching out to help make this role transition smoother and I look forward to watching more of your videos!

  13. Hi Liz!

    I am currently in my 6 months of working as a new graduate NP and I am in a residency program for Primary Care. It’s definitely been helpful, but like you said you get used to having preceptors constantly to say yay or nah to your plan and being on your own is scary! Lately I’ve been struggling for figuring out what I want to do when this year is over and if I’m capable of making it. Your video was so personable and very true. I look forward to hearing more from you! πŸ™‚

    1. It’s definitely a scary experience, you’re DEFINITELY capable – I truly believe if we have the dream inside us, we have what it takes to make it happen. It took me 5 years to get the courage to go back to NP school, and a few years of practice to really believe in my abilities, but I can’t imagine life any way else. So nice to virtually meet you πŸ™‚

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