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Everyone has days when they don’t want to go to work, even nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). However, there is a line separating the normal ebb and flow of work-life, and the very real signs that your professional path and your current position are no longer in alignment. When it comes to a job change, the question is, where does that line fall?
Try to remember when you first interviewed for your current role: What were your expectations for the position? What were your goals? Advanced Practice providers take jobs for many different reasons. Remembering yours could help you evaluate the benefits, and clarify the doubts, affecting your employment situation. Ask yourself:
Once you’ve taken a moment to look back at your career, consider whether your current job as an NP or PA can help you advance professionally.
It’s a complex choice to consider, but there may be valid reasons directing you toward a career switch. To determine the right decision for you, it’s important to identify common reasons why other NPs and PAs change jobs.
All of these aspects can contribute to a feeling of job dissatisfaction, which may lead to the question, "Where do I go from here?"
This may surprise you, but the answer is not to immediately decide to change jobs. Every job has its positives and negatives. Before beginning the job search, first see what you can do to improve the present situation. Rather than venting to friends or co-workers, sit down with your manager and have an honest conversation about your concerns. Approach them with your frustrations, but do so with solutions in mind and a willingness to discuss your professional goals. Sometimes, just opening up that dialogue can begin the process of creating a more favorable work environment. Other times, this process may clarify for you that your needs no longer align with your workplace. That’s okay, too.
Be proud of what you’ve accomplished. Enter your NP or PA job search confident that this is the decision you need to make at this time. A job search can be a challenging process, and that difficulty starts before you send your first resume. Making a career change is no easy decision. Whatever choice you make, know it’s never wrong to explore how you can continue moving toward your professional goals and expectations.
Applying these job search strategies to PNP, NP, CNS, CRNA, Midwife, and PA job hunts can help you land the right job, leading to a more rewarding and satisfying career.
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This article was originally published on Melnic. Melnic was recently acquired by DirectShifts.