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How do I find a clinical site to volunteer at to refresh my ANP skills (received my degree in 2009) and obtain an ANP license?

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Dear Donna,

I have been a fluent bilingual (Spanish/English) RN/BSN for 18 years, and in 2009 obtained my MSN along with Adult Nurse Practitioner license with prescriptive right from New York, N.Y.

I relocated from New York to Texas three years ago when I completed my MSN degree and never practiced as an ANP. As Texas requires NP certification prior to obtaining an APRN license and due to various personal issues, my NP career did not get off to a start when I moved to Texas.

I recently became a certified ANP from AANPCP. When I inquired with the Texas BON about my APRN license eligibility, I learned I am not eligible to apply for an APRN license until I complete an extensive refreshers/orientation or gain volunteer experience to the full scope of ANP, including at least 400 clinical hours. I have to find a company or organization willing to provide me with an NP internship/preceptor/volunteer position to provide extensive refresher/orientation.

I'm discouraged and I feel stuck in this task. I need guidance on how to find a clinical site to help me achieve my goal.

Strong Desire to Start ANP career

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Strong Desire to Start ANP career,

When what you're doing isn't working, it's time to try a new approach. You need to activate and enlarge your professional network in Texas and beyond. Attend chapter meetings of the Texas Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org), etc., even as a guest for now (although you should eventually join). Have business cards made and let others know what you are looking for and ask for assistance.

It also entails getting on the telephone and contacting everyone you know, both in and out of healthcare, and letting them know what you are seeking and ask for their help. Networking, also known as word of mouth, is the most powerful and effective way to find opportunities like the one you are seeking. It is not something many nurses are accustomed to doing, but it is vital to our success.

You will find it useful to view my networking webinar, “Networking for Nurses: Is It Important?” (http://ce.nurse.com/course/web192/networking-for-nurses-is-it-important/).

Networking is different from directly calling facilities and practitioners who do not know you. The benefit of networking in this case is others can make referrals, recommendations and introductions for you to those in their network, increasing the likelihood of someone giving you the opportunity you seek.

Do not restrict your networking to people in your new local area. The powers of networking are far reaching. People in you former location may have connections in your new location too. So get on the telephone and make those calls and ask for help and support. Persistence and determination will always win out in the end.

Best wishes,

Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.