If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that as nurse practitioners we practice in a muddied legal space. State laws governing NPs differ across the county. In some states these laws put the Board of Nursing over nurse practitioners. In other states the Board of Medicine regulates NPs. Who's in charge in your state?
When I tell people I work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, the most common response I receive is along the lines of "I bet you've seen it all". I suppose I kind of have, but I don't think people actually know what exactly they are referring to when they say 'all'.
I've always fancied myself a small hospital or independent clinic kind of girl. My first nurse practitioner jobs were in walk-in and urgent care clinics where I interacted with the physician owners almost daily. Any question or concern I had went straight to the top of the administration chain. Or, rather, there was no chain.
If you're an experienced nurse practitioner, you're in luck. Your job search should be much easier than it was as a new grad now that you've got some real-life practice hours under your belt. Not to mention, you likely have professional connections to help with your search. Whether you've been working as an NP for ten months or ten years, your employment outlook is bright.