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  1. It will make your life a lot easier going to a program in the same area where you want to work. I regret not doing this.
  2. I mean... based on my experience with applying to jobs, I kind of wish I were an NP. 1-2 of the major healthcare networks in my preferred area seem to only hire NPs. It would also be nice to have union protection, especially as medicine becomes more corporatized...
  3. I've been out of school for less than 2 years... so I'm hoping maybe I can still break into something else. Hopefully... Urgent care isn't terrible when it's done well, and there is obviously a need for that kind of service. But I think too many private investors and business people are taking advantage of the urgent care bubble and they are completely destroying it. These private urgent care chains with unethical standards come into the market and put competitive pressure on urgent care facilities that are trying to practice high quality, evidence based medicine. Either way, I just find the work very uninteresting and soul crushing. I don't think I could tolerate doing it for years. I'm just sad
  4. I also work in urgent care, and my employer has started cracking down on us about this too. It makes me feel like we are taking advantage of patients and feels deceptive, even if it's not technically "wrong". I really hate working in urgent care and I regret ever taking this job. I want to get out of urgent care so badly. I'm scared that the longer I work in urgent care, the less marketable I will be as a PA in other specialties. I just don't know how exactly to break out. I see more and more of these clinics opening every day, which makes me very nervous about the sustainability of my job. My employer treats its employees fairly well overall (for now) ... but I've heard horror stories about working for some of these newer, private urgent care chains. Initially I thought working in urgent care was a great way to keep up my general skills and see a lot, but I've quickly grown to hate it. I used to be so hopeful about my career prospects as a PA, but now it feels like I've fallen into a depression slump. I've even considered switching careers altogether. Urgent care just feels like a dead end pathway - it doesn't seem to prepare you for much.
  5. I was wondering if any of the more experienced PAs here know much about working in an observation unit. I've read a mixture of things online, but there really isn't much out there about the PA's role in an observation unit. As for context, I may have a good chance of working in a geographical area that is saturated with PA programs, PAs and NPs. It would allow me to move closer to my family and would mean credentialing with one of the largest healthcare networks in the region. I'm a little nervous about the actual role, but I think it might be a good move for my personal life. I'm not certain about this, but I think it would be easier to transition into a different job within the same network later on. I'm not sure when/if I'll have another opportunity to get a job in this region, given the competition. Has anyone here worked in an observation unit, and would you mind sharing your experience or thoughts? If you want to PM me instead, that works too. Do you think this would be good clinical experience for a relatively new(ish) PA? I'm not particularly interested in one specific specialty, so I think it would be better to stay broad. If I worked there for a few years or so, do you think it would help me be more competitive in the future for something like primary care, hospitalist medicine or cardiology? Thank you for any thoughts or feedback!!
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