The following are some things to keep in mind when seeking employment as an APN
- Salary: While a competitive salary is essential, it shouldn’t be your only concern. Also, other benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans should be considered.
- Work Environment: A safe and supportive work environment is conducive to growth.
- Job responsibilities: The job responsibilities should align with the APN’s areas of expertise and interests. It is important that the job description be well-defined and free of ambiguity.
- Autonomy as an independent contractor is very important. You should ensure the contract of employment allows you to have autonomy when making decisions about patient care and in managing clinical situations.
- Workload: It is important that the work load be manageable and employers provide sufficient resources to help them.
Negotiable vs. Non-Negotiable Elements:
Salary, schedule of work, and job duties are all elements that can be negotiated. Work environment, patient care, and ethics are all non-negotiable.
Benefits from Formal Employment
- The job offers security. This can help reduce financial stress.
- Benefits of formal employment: Employee benefits such as retirement plans, health insurance and paid leave are available to those who have a job. They can help improve your overall health and well-being, as they promote a better work-life-balance.
It is essential to look at factors like salary, the work environment, responsibility, autonomy, workload, etc. when looking for employment as an APN. The salary, job responsibilities and work schedule are negotiable. Non-negotiable items include the workplace, patient safety and ethics. The benefits of formal employment include job security, employee health insurance and a better work-life-balance.