2018 will continue Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants excellent prospects


The new year is almost here. Are you thinking this might be the year you’re ready to make a job change? The arrival of the New Year is a good time to reflect on past experiences and think about which direction you might want to go in the future. You’re not alone considering a job change. On average, most people change jobs 10+ times throughout their working years.


The outlook for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants is still great. Nurse Practitioners ranked 2 and Physician Assistants 3 on the US World News & World Report Rankings and 2018 appears to offer similar results. Despite the great prospects it’s still competitive and so you need to be ready and prepared to shine.


So, if your current job is no longer fulfilling or challenging enough, its time to start looking for a career path that is right for you.

Here are a few tips to get ready for your job search:


Take a look at your resume – be sure it’s in good shape and to easy read. Stay away from fancy formatting. Show your experience, the specialty areas you’ve worked. If you’re a new grad list your clinical settings and RN or other healthcare experience.


Get organized – review and know what your career goals are. Keep track of where you’ve submitted your resume.


Prepare for interviews – take the time to visit the company websites and review practice interview questions (Jan 2018 post).


Be ready to negotiate –  Be ready to discuss salary and your requirements. In July we did a post  – 3 tips on salary negotiations take to look for pointers.


Commit yourself and you’ll find the job you’ve been looking for. Happy Hunting!


For a full listing of Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant positions, please visit our  career page.


Set goals not resolutions!

The new year is only a few weeks away and people will start their list of resolutions. Don’t. Set goals and not resolutions. The problem with resolutions is they fade, usually pretty fast. You know the – I’m going to loss weight results in a couple of weeks at the gym and then not much else. We’ve all done it.

Set goals instead.

Aristotle said:    “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”


Setting goals require a result, a target. It’s more specific and targeted. And if you do it right it will include an actionable plan to get there.

Here are some easy steps to guide you to set goals and achieving them.


Choose your big goal.

This won’t be an immediate goal. This is something that is going to take a lot of hard work and smaller goals along the way to achieve. Typically this would go along with your five year plan. This could be a job you have always wanted, switching specialties or maybe buying a house.

Set a timeline.

Set specific markers that need to met in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out 3-5 steps that need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.

Write it all down.

This is the most important step. It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes, contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.

Stick with it.

If you are training for a marathon in a year, you don’t just run for a month and then quit until a month out and then hope you make it. You train throughout the year and you keep increasing your times and stamina. You continue to work at it.  Most often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum without continuous reward. At that pace, you will probably never meet your main goal. This is why the little steps and goals along the way are vital for your success.

Visualize it

There is research that says visualizing works, that seeing the possibility can help you achieve it. Athletes use the technique of visualization and so can you. Take a few minutes everyday seeing that goal accomplished. How does it feel? What changes because of your success?

Do something daily.

Everyday do something that is aimed at the main goal, and keep track of it. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and from giving up.


never give up

Most importantly, don’t ever give up on your dreams and goals.  No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem, you could very well be the person who changes the world!

Is a new job one of your goals? Visit our website for our current listings.


Living a life of gratitude and it’s benefits


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey






The holiday season is a great time to remember about being grateful.


When you have a hard day at work with everything seeming to go wrong. How can you feel appreciative or grateful?

Even when things are not going exactly like you want, being grateful is a good idea. It can lead you to a different outlook and that can make you happier. The feelings say something about your connection to the people around you. Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants help people daily by offering guidance, information and care.

How Gratitude helps:

Reminds you – Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life – it’s easy to forget them but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.


Focus  – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.


It can make you happier – focusing on the positive, changes your thinking and your outlook – that’s a good thing. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.


Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.




John Quincy Adams said:

Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.


As we start December, let’s remember that gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference.


Surviving the holidays – Tips for NPs and PAs

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Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants can get extremely busy during the holidays. Work and the extra ‘to dos’ of the holidays can add stress to your already stressful life.

So how do we survive what can be a happy jolly and crazy time of the year?  Decide what works best for you.


If you want to survive the holidays, try using these tips:


Stay with your regular routine

There are certain things you always do, keep that schedule. If you exercise every morning, keep doing that, etc. Keeping your routine the same will help keep your stress level .

Be Flexible

You might need to work extra shifts to cover holidays. And more people seem to get sick during the holidays, so you might see more patients in a day. Be flexible. Remember your work day and your holidays won’t be perfect. Another way to help you get over these extra hours is to view them as helping someone make their holiday season better. If you have to work Christmas, you can rearrange your gift giving with your family or make your family dinner a brunch or the following day.


Stressful times calls for decorations and lots of them. Decorate your work space, your car and of course your house. As much or as little as you like or is allowed in the case of work. Holiday decorations can make the season a little jollier for everyone.  Don’t forget to throw a little bit of cheer on your white coat or your scrubs. And an ugly holiday sweater, goofy socks or a Santa hat might brighten someone’s day and make a big difference in a patient’s experience.

Be Prepared

Because we expect the holiday season to be cheery we tend to be a little bit more vulnerable during this time. By preparing we can be ready to take on what comes and be better prepared to handle whatever it might be.

Other things – Lists do help. Gift lists, to do list can be the extra help to get you organized and prepared.

Participate and Celebrate

Join in and be part of it all. Wish people well, smile and hum holiday tunes, do whatever you can to spread the holiday cheer. Others will pick up on your positive attitude and do the same.

Be Grateful

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. But as Providers you see for some it isn’t. Your kindness, empathy and knowledge can make a difference to your patients and you benefit as well. You became a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant to make a difference and be grateful that you are.

Spreading holiday cheer isn’t hard. Ready, Set – Have a great holiday!

If you’re searching for a new Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant position, visit our website.



Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving



“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.” –

Dalai Lama



All of us at AVA Search Group wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.



Veterans Day – freebies and deals


Veterans Day is Saturday November 11th.

Many business are offering veterans and active duty military members freebies and deals to salute their service.


We recommend that you call or go online to confirm offers and check if your nearby location is participating.  Most will require you to show proof of your service (military ID, driver’s license or state-issued identification card with a veteran seal, Veterans Affairs Health ID, etc.).

List of some of the freebies and deals being offered to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members:

Restaurants / Food

  • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza – Saturday, November 11 – free order of meatballs with ricotta cheese
  • Applebee’s – Saturday – Free meal from their Veteran’s Day menu at participating locations
  • Back Yard Burgers – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free Classic Burger. Note: Back Yard Burgers offers a 20% discount to service men and women year-round.
  • Bar Louie – Saturday – Nov. 11 – Free Flatbread or Burger
  • BJ’s Restaurant – Friday Nov. 10 and Saturday Nov. 11 – Free entree under $12.95
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – Saturday – Top sirloin steak dinner with side dishes and beverage for $9.99
  • Bob Evans – Saturday Nov. 11 – offering free select menu items
  • Bonefish Grill – Saturday Nov. 11 – free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers
  • Boston Market – Friday Nov. 10th – Sunday Nov 12 – Buy one individual meal with drink and get a second free at all U.S. locations
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Saturday – free order of wings and a side of fries
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Saturday Nov. 11 and Sunday Nov. 12 – Free pizza and beverage
  • Chili’s – Saturday Nov. 11th – Free meal from a special Veterans Day menu
  • Chuck E. Cheese – Saturday Nov. 11 – offering one free personal pizza at participating stores nationwide. Promo code #5500.
  • Carrabba’s – Saturday, November 11 – a free appetizer
  • Cici’s Pizza – Saturday – Free pizza buffet
  • Circle K – Saturday Nov. 11 – will offer a free Polar Pop
  • Cracker Barrel – Saturday, Nov. 11 – Free piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake
  • Denny’s – Friday Nov. 10 – Free ‘Build Your Own Grand Slam’ from 5 a.m. to noon Participating locations only
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Free donut on Saturday Nov. 11
  • Famous Daves – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and corn bread muffin. Participating locations only.
  • Farmer Boys – Friday Nov. 10 – Free Big Cheese cheeseburgers
  • Fazoli’s – Saturday, Nov. 11 – free spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara. Not all locations are participating so call before you go
  • Firebird’s Wood Fire Grill – Friday Nov. 10 – Buy one get one free (Free entree equal to or less than your purchase)
  • Friendly’s – Saturday Nov. 11 – free Veterans Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner (dine-in only) Participating locations only.
  • Golden Corral – Monday, November 13 – 5 PM to 9 PM – free sit-in “thank you” dinner for Military veterans, retirees, and active duty members.
  • Hooters – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free meal from their select Veterans Day menu
  • Houlihan’s – Saturday Nov. 11 – free entree from a select menu
  • Huddle House – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free order of Sweet Cakes
  • IHOP – Friday Nov. 10 – free red, white, and blue pancakes
  • IKEA – Saturday Nov. 11th – free entrée
  • Krispy Kreme – Saturday, Nov. 11 – free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personnel (no ID required).
  • Krystal – Saturday, Nov. 11 – receive a complimentary sausage biscuit (6am – 11am)
  • Little Caesars Pizza – Saturday Nov. 11th – Free $5 Hot-n-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Saturday Nov. 11th – free appetizers and desserts; plus, eligible customers also get 10% off their table’s total check.
  • Macaroni Grill – Saturday Nov. 11th – free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Saturday Nov. 11th – Free six-ounce frozen yogurt
  • Mimi’s Café – Saturday Nov. 11th – Free select menu items with drink purchase
  • Olive Garden – Saturday, Nov. 11 – free entrée from a special menu served with unlimited soup, salad and garlic bread sticks.
  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina – Saturday, Nov. 11 – free combo meal at OTB’s. The meal is from the”Create Your Own Combo menu
  • Outback Steakhouse – Saturday, Nov. 11 – Free Bloomin’ Onion and drink. Also, November 12 through November 16, military members will receive 20% off their check and, beginning November 17, military, firefighters and law enforcement will receive 10% off their check.
  • Panera Bread – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members receive a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.
  • Perkins – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free Magnificent Seven meal
  • Ponderosa Steakhouses – Saturday, Nov. 11 – 4pm-close – enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included) at participating Ponderosa locations.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube – Saturday, Nov. 11 – receive a complimentary or discounted meal of their choice.
  • Red Lobster – Saturday, Nov. 11 – free appetizer or dessert
  • Red Robin – Saturday, Nov. 11 – free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day
  • Ruby Tuesday – Saturday, Nov. 11 – enjoy a free appetizer.
  • Shoney’s – Nov. 11 – Free All You Care To Eat Breakfast Bar, Dine In only, from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Sizzler Restaurant – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Dine-in only at participating locations.
  • Starbucks – Saturday Nov. 11 – Free tall brewed coffee
  • TGI Fridays – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free lunch item up to $12 on
  • Texas Roadhouse – Saturday Nov. 11th – Free lunch, beverage and sides from a special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides.
  • Tijuana Flats – Saturday, Nov. 11 – free entree
  • Village Inn – Saturday Nov. 11 – free Inn-Credible V.I.B. breakfast. Participating locations only.
  • Wawa – Saturday – Free coffee, any size, all day (includes family members)
  • White Castle – Saturday Nov. 11 – free breakfast combo or castle combo meal #1-6

Stores offering discounts:

Bed Bath & Beyond, Great Clips, Sports Clips, Publix, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Toys R Us, Joann’s, Michaels and others are offering discounts on Saturday (and some offer year round discounts), check their websites for details.


All of us at AVA Search Group want to thank you for your service.


Sleep the latest health revolution


Sleeping only four hours a night is wore as a badge of honor by some. We hear stories of CEOs bragging about how little they sleep and how much they get done. We’ve all done it but research is quite clear – not getting enough sleep has an impact on your health. It’s essential. Lack of sleep can cause serious medical problems including weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes to name a few.  It can also affects your work performance and productivity.


So why is sleeping so important? Not getting enough affects your well-being and adds to your stress. For many it feels like wasting time but it’s not. It helps our bodies repair and heal. It can improve our memory since during sleep your mind organizes and reviews what you’ve learned.  It can help you live longer. A 2010 study of women ranging in ages of 50 to 79 found that more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night. Other benefits include – reducing your risk of depression, improved creativity and physical ability and just feeling better all around.


On average adults need 7-9 hours a sleep a night. So if you’re a four hour a night sleeper how to get more sleep?


Here are a few tips to help you to get more sleep:

  1. Set a bedtime – sounds like you’re a kid, but having a set sleep schedule routine regulates your body clock and improves your changes of sleeping.
  2. Shut down your gadgets – phones, laptops, tablets, etc. Less light, especially the blue emitted by electronics will help you fall asleep. That blue light throws off our body’s clock and makes it harder for us to fall to sleep.
  3. Mediation – it can slow your mind so that you wind down and relax making falling asleep easier.
  4. Exercise – daily exercise based on a 2013 study from the National Sleep Foundation found regular exercisers are better sleepers
  5. Reading a book – Instead of watching TV until you fall asleep, try reading a book (not work related). It takes your mind off all that stuff spinning around in your head so you can relax.

Give these tips a try and have a good night’s sleep. Your body and mind will thank you.



Need more time? Here are 6 ways to add more time to your day.

We all want more time to get things done.  There’s a quote on my wall – “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per that that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelango, Mother Teresa, DaVinci, Thomas Jefferson and Einstein.”



True, but they didn’t have smart phones, texting, email, the internet, social media, TV and the other distractions that make us feel stressed and that we don’t have time.


What can we do to add a more time in our day?


Cut how much time you spend online, reading emails and watching TV.

Television; it’s my kryptonite and a time waster. Remember – DVR is your friend. Only watch shows that you can sail through the commercials. You’ll save 20 minutes for a 1 hour how. Limit binge watching.

Internet – between online shopping, social media and watching videos you can be online for hours and lose track of time. It’s impossible to cut your online time completely but you can cut 20%. You’ll still get to do what you like and give yourself more time as well.

Emails – turn off pop up telling you have a new message and set up key times to check your inbox during the day.

You will be surprised how much more time you’ll have by limiting these time wasters, even though they might be fun.


Just say no

Learning to say no is hard. We all want to help, be there for people, be part of that committee. Think before saying yes. Be picky and protect your time. Learn to say no.


Go to bed

Seems weird but getting a little more sleep, can actually give you more time. Being well rested makes you more efficient and better able to handle things. See my July blog post on sleep. So if usually go to bed at midnight, try going to bed at 11:15 or 11:30.


Your most productive time

Figure out what time of the day that you’re running on all cylinders and getting the most done. I’m a morning person and so I do the hardest tasks in the morning. Once you know your most productive time, you’ll get more done.



Time is valuable and chores like cleaning takes a lot of it. I hate cleaning. So I bit the bullet and got a cleaning lady who comes in twice a month. Get help. It’s okay not to do everything.


Do one thing at a time

Multi-tasking is a scam. Your brain hates it and you don’t get more done. Do one thing and finish it! Stop trying to do two or three things at the same time, you wind up not finishing or doing substandard work.


Reclaiming even an hour a day will give you more time for something you want to do. And that would be wonderful. Try these tips and see how much time you can find.


5 Ways to Stay Positive During Your Job Search

Children are naturally happy and find the positive and joy in everything. As adults, having a positive attitude can be challenging. This can damage several aspects of our day and allows fear and doubt to affect the choices we make, especially choices regarding our careers.


Positive Thinking Word Cloud Concept

Searching for a new job is scary. Change is hard. Most people look for ways to avoid it and staying in a job you hate is one of the most common ones, because as I said, change is hard. Often times we get so caught up with our responsibilities that we forget choosing what makes us happy can guides us to the best choices in our life.


How do we make our lives better and happier? It all starts with our attitude. There have been several studies that have shown that our attitude in life has a direct relation to our success and happiness. Being confident and maintaining a positive attitude is key to a successful job search. Everything we do is influenced by our choice of attitude.


Taking steps toward a positive attitude and outlook in your job search


  1. Stay in charge and feel good about yourself – You got this! Feeling good about yourself is a vital key during your job search. Own it and take charge of your outlook. Deciding on a positive attitude and feeling good about yourself is up to you.
  2. Stay away from those negative thoughts – no one wants to be around a downer, sure everyone is allowed a short pity party. But that party needs to end. Focus on what you do best. Job hunting is a roller coaster of emotions, highs and lows. It’s easy to get negative, but fight it. Employers want upbeat people, if you let your negative thoughts and feelings win; you’ll lose out on the opportunity.
  3. Change rocks – don’t be afraid of it. Sure it’s easier to stay with what you’re used it but what if that new job is the thing that changes the trajectory of your life. Embrace change; it’s okay to be a bit uncomfortable you’ll be a better person and provider.
  4. Stick with it – don’t give up if you didn’t get an interview or offer from what you thought was your dream job. It wasn’t. It’s still out there. Stay positive and keep looking.
  5. Your attitude can get you a job – an employer has to choose between two people who equally qualified – who gets the job, the person with the more positive attitude. They see that person as the one, who will gel best with their team, the person who will make their patients feel more comfortable. Your positive attitude is the key to success.


“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Maintain a positive attitude to find the job you want and pursue your passion.


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How to organize your Advanced Practice Provider job search to get noticed

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Tips to make your Advanced Practice Job Search organized


Whether you are searching for your first position out of school, or are looking to explore or expand your specialty experience, the following tips will help you organize your Advanced Practice Provider job search so that you’ll be noticed and stand out from the crowd.


Get Organized

It is likely that the vast majority of your job search will be completed online. Almost all healthcare facilities have you apply online.

  • Create a spreadsheet to keep track of where you’ve sent your resume and login information
  • Create a few follow up templates to respond to jobs, request for more information, etc.
  • Block time to job search every day. Finding a new job is a job, so be sure to make time for it.
  • Also keep track of details such as which companies you have heard back from, who you spoke to, the date of all communication, and the outcome of each application and interview.
  • Designate an area so you can keep track of what you’re doing
  • Have a hard copy file for papers, etc.


Update and optimize your Provider resume

You want your resume to be strong.When updating your resume be sure to consider other factors including:

  • Accolades and Accomplishments
  • Any new job responsibilities and duties
  • Measurable Achievements

Check out my June 2nd post for helpful tips on creating a resume that makes it off the pile. Remember your resume must sell you and your experience, skills and background. You have to show them what you bring to the table.



Determine Your Goals

Now it is time to consider what your specific goals are. For example, if you’re a new grad you might be looking for anyone who will hire you but still you have an idea of what you want your first job to look like. More experienced NPs or PAs may be searching for positions in a specific medical specialty or to increase their skills in their current area of specialty.


Other things to consider: how far you are willing to commute to and from work; if you’re willing to relocate; your shift preference and of course your salary requirements.


Networking and Research

Who do you want to work for? It’s a good idea to make a list of hospitals, practices, physicians you want to work with and then research if they are looking.


One the most effective ways to find a new job is networking. Reaching out to friends and professionals  who know the quality of your work. Selectively, tell people that you might be considering a change for the right opportunity. Talk to people you know at the companies where you want to work. Remember to ask that they respect your privacy, so your current employer does not find out. Other sources to network with – individuals you have come across over the years, colleagues from NP or PA school, your clinical rotations, during training, at professional events, and at networking events.



Being organized will make your job search less stressful and help as you successfully navigate your Advanced Practice Provider job search.



Take a look at our current jobs here: Advanced Practice Provider Jobs