To round out an excellent month of career tips – including how to begin your research, lessons learned in clinical practice, using your health professions degree abroad, your career foundations built on medical terminology, and using complexity leadership skills in a career setting – today we’ve got some Q&A-style career advice from Jill E. Winland-Brown EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, author of two of our favorite texts for Nurse Practitioners. (You can see more about the books below, and click through for Jill’s straightforward advice for new grads!)
What inspired you to become a nurse?
I never wanted to be anything else. I remember patching up my dolls and putting bandages all over my brother. I guess- originally to ‘fix’ everyone, now to ‘care’ for others.
What was the best advice you received in your nursing career?
If you feel that you’re getting ‘burned out’- get out of that area of nursing and go into some other area. That’s the beauty of nursing- there are so many hats. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
What influences in your career led you to write your books?
When Dr. Dunphy and I graduated from our FNP program, there were NO other books written by NPs to help us study for the certification exams. We had to use MD and PA resources. This was the inspiration.
What was the writing process like?
The first edition of both books were very difficult. We didn’t realize how much time they would take. With each edition, it gets easier as we get wiser, technology improves, and we have some excellent clinicians to help us.
– and the most rewarding?
The most rewarding part is going to conferences, having participants look at our name badges, and say, “OMG, I never would have passed the cert exam without you.” That feels wonderful.
What advice would you give to grads starting their careers now?
Don’t take the first job offer if it’s not the best. You are very marketable- it’s worth waiting a few weeks until you’ve finished exploring all the options to find the best position. Find a mentor to “bounce things off of.”
Jill E. Winland-Brown EdD, MSN, FNP-BC has authored two Advanced Practice titles with F.A. Davis: Adult-Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination : Review Questions and Strategies, 4th Edition and Primary Care : Art and Science of Advanced Practice Nursing, 4th Edition.