10 things I Wish I Could Tell my New Grad NP Self

10 things I Wish I Could Tell my New Grad NP Self

Starting your career as a new graduate nurse practitioner (NP) can feel like stepping into a whirlwind of emotions – excitement, anticipation, and yes, a healthy dose of anxiety. But amidst the whirlwind, remember this: be patient with yourself. It's normal to feel overwhelmed as you adjust to your new role. Give yourself the grace and time you need to learn and grow into the confident, capable NP you're destined to become.


1. Be patient with yourself: As a new grad NP, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Give yourself time to learn and grow in your new role. Starting a new career can be challenging, and it takes time to develop your skills and confidence as a nurse practitioner.

2. Seek mentorship and guidance: Find a mentor or experienced NP who can offer guidance and support as you navigate your new career.

3. Continuously learn and improve: Stay up-to-date on the latest research and best practices in your field, and take advantage of opportunities for continuing education.

4. Be an advocate for your patients: As an NP, you have the opportunity to advocate for your patients and help them navigate the healthcare system. Use your voice and expertise to make a difference.

5. Be a team player: Collaborating with other healthcare professionals is essential for providing coordinated, effective care. Be open to working with other members of the healthcare team and communicating effectively with them.

6. Take care of yourself: Working in healthcare can be stressful, so it's important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Make time for self-care activities and prioritize your well-being.

7. Be open to feedback: Seek feedback from your colleagues and be open to constructive criticism. This can help you identify areas for improvement and grow as a professional. Learn from your mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes, and it's important to learn from them and use them as an opportunity to improve.

8. Develop strong communication skills: Effective communication is key in healthcare. Practice active listening and develop your verbal and written communication skills.

9. Be adaptable: Healthcare is a constantly changing industry, so it's important to be adaptable and flexible. Embrace new technologies and be willing to adjust your practices as needed.

10 Stay humble: Remember that you are part of a larger healthcare team, and there is always more to learn. Stay humble and approach your work with a willingness to learn from others.


As you embark on this exciting new chapter as a nurse practitioner, remember that the journey is just as important as the destination. Embrace the challenges, celebrate the victories, and never lose sight of the profound impact you have the opportunity to make in the lives of your patients.


Introducing the E-book: "New NP Guide: Step by step advice and support for the transition from RN to NP"

To support you on your journey, we have created an e-book, This resource is 70 easy to read pages that are designed specifically for new grad NPs and covers essential topics such as:

  • AANP vs ANCC
  • Exam Reviews/ Study Tips
  • Step by step instructions for getting credentialed with links to DEA registration pages, NPI application page, and other resources
  • Resume Tips (Includes free editable NP resume template and cover letter)
  • Interview Prep 
  • Job Offer Checklist 
  • Job Offer Red Flags 
  • Negotiating tips
  • Finding a mentor
  • NP Fellowships
  • Useful NP resources
  • Tracking CE hours
  • Tackling Impostor Syndrome
  • Self Care
  • Malpractice Insurance

This e-book is a valuable companion that offers practical advice and insights to help you thrive in your first NP job. Whether you're just starting your search or have already secured a position, this guide will support you every step of the way.

Transitioning from a new grad NP to your first job is an exciting phase filled with opportunities for growth and development. Embrace the challenges, build your confidence, and approach the job search process strategically. Remember, every experience is a chance to learn and improve. And to further aid you on your journey, don't forget to check out our e-book here: New NP Guide

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