Holding Out for the Dermatology Job of Your Dreams
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Editor's note: This blog post was written by Stephanie Kemmerling, FNP-C, who practices at Spicewood Dermatology in Austin, Texas.
Since the age of 5, I made it my duty that everyone I knew learned about the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) rays. After my dermatology rotation in my nurse practitioner program, my interest only became stronger. Therefore, it would only be natural to have a career in dermatology, right?
Wrong. Dermatology remains one of the most competitive fields in healthcare, especially as a brand new NP. I began my career in urgent care, and when my family gained an opportunity to move to a larger city, I spent months searching for positions in dermatology. I sent dozens of cover letters and resumes to offices that weren't even looking for providers. I was rejected and defeated over and over again.
After more than 2 months, I received a call from the office manager at the office of my dreams. I was invited to shadow the dermatologist, and I prepared for hours. I felt welcomed in the office, and I could tell that everyone was committed to providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient
Since that day, I've been working at my dream job. I look forward to "work" and learning about both my patients and the practice each day. I once felt a twinge of foolishness for holding out for a position I would enjoy, but I am glad I did. I urge each of my colleagues to rediscover their passion and find a way to turn their dreams into reality.