PNP Job Search Strategies

The Right Job is Often Much Harder to Find than the Wrong Job

Searching for a job can be a full time job.  Use this guide to help you break this task into manageable steps, learn how to find help, understand what your options are, and how to evaluate opportunities.  Take time to set your goals and evaluate your options while maintaining awareness of how your current situation might influence your PNP job search.  Find a position you believe you will find satisfying for 2-4 years barring any unforeseen circumstances. If you are a new grad, think about what aspects of your job you enjoy or would enjoy.  New jobs take time.  The first year is usually spent learning how to do a job and developing partnerships with other providers; the second year you learn how to fine-tune your skills.  Short-term positions might pay some bills, but they can be detrimental to your resume. Before you settle for an offer, consider:

  • What are the providers’ and other staff’s perceptions of PNPs?
  • Do they understand the role?
  • How are the PNPs utilized?
  • Will you be able to practice to your full scope?
  • How are the PNPs evaluated?
  • How is PNP productivity measured?  Are there specific metrics used?  What are they?
  • What are the providers’ and other staff’s credentials?
  • The right PNP job might be in a different city, or involve a longer commute.
  • You are more likely to be motivated when looking for the right job.
  • By focusing on your interests, you will be more persuasive in convincing an employer to hire you.  Let your passions show.
  • Getting the right PNP job will motivate you to work harder to succeed.
  • Short-term sacrifices often pay off in long-term satisfaction. Always follow through on commitments, phone calls and actions.  Let others know they can count on you.
  • Remember you only have one chance at a first impression.  Every professional encounter is important, whether it be the initial contact or a job interview, a clinical rotation, a class or a volunteer opportunity.  You never know where the next job opportunity may come from.

If you have a choice, it is better to find a job when you are still employed. If you are unemployed, consider working in a locum tenens position (temporary replacement position) and make the most of the networking contacts you encounter in this position. Interim jobs may be stepping-stones to your ideal position.  These are all good PNP job search strategies to consider. Don’t forget that NAPNAP and other association chapter meetings are great places to network.