US News has released its list of the 100 best jobs in 2014, and the No. 4 job is : Nurse Practitioner!! Not too shabby huh?

While I’m sure not all lists are created equal, this list seems to have done some legitimate leg work. According to their website:

“The Best Jobs methodology is divided into two components: The first is how U.S. News selects jobs to profile. The second is how those jobs are ranked against each other.”

“Occupations are ranked based on our calculated overall score, which combines several components into a single weighted average score between 0 and 10.”

“The overall score is calculated from seven component measures: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. For each measure, jobs receive a score between 0 and 10.”

Here are the component measures and their weight in computing the overall score:

  • 10-Year Growth Volume (10 percent)
  • 10-Year Growth Percentage (10 percent)
  • Median Salary (30 percent)
  • Job Prospects (20 percent)
  • Employment Rate (20 percent)
  • Stress Level (5 percent)
  • Work-Life Balance (5 percent)

Also according to their website the Nurse Practitioner career is ranked the #2 Best Health Care Job (also not too shabby)

They have a fairly accurate detailed Job Description of a Nurse Practitioner.

I’ve admitted this before. Taking the leap and advancing my career as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner was the best decision I ever made both personally and professionally. It seems it was quite a sound financial decision as well.

References:

CFN 4th anniversary

The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers

Best Health Care Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers

Nurse Practitioner Job Overview | Best Jobs | US News Careers

My school journey just might have been worth it

This past semester has been the moment in my graduate school career where I knew I would have to buckle down, pick a direction and follow through with it. I knew by the end of the semester I would be searching for and possibly applying for potential jobs after graduation. The reality of actually searching and applying for a job as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner was a bit overwhelming and surreal.

I decided to reach out to as many professional contacts as possible, and I was leaving no stone unturned.

Over the course of the past 3-6 months the job prospects and job choices always came down to what I would ‘settle’ for. Either the location was inconvenient or too far, the pay scale was offending, the job description was not ideal, or it had no good compensation package.

I couldn’t find that one job that had “all the right moves” for me… until last week.

It had everything! I won’t go into detail, I can only tell you that the package they offered seemed like it was custom made for me. I interviewed for the job last week, and as of yesterday I was offered the position!!

I of course accepted!!!!

I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!

And without further ado… here are some obligatory dancing clips:

My man Carlton…

A mashup of all that’s funky..

And finally Kozo and ‘The Thong Song”…

Why yes, I actually did at least a few of these moves. I was that happy.

I cannot put into words how gratified I feel. I’m THIS close to fulfilling my goals.

Now all I have to do is finish the next semester, graduate… and oh yeah. pass my  boards.

 

No pressure right….

 

My Interview Part 2

As I posted earlier, Kim (from Emergiblog) over at Masters in Nursing interviewed me. Here is part 2:

Keep your eye on the prize.

That’s what I told myself during my marathon BSN program.

But there is no prize unless you start the process.

In part 2 of my discussion on graduate nursing education with blogger and Nurse Practitioner student Sean Dent, we talked about the difference between graduate and undergraduate education.

How does grad school differ from undergraduate education?

Be sure to follow the link and read the original post…

Talking MSN: Desire and Discipline | Masters in Nursing Blog