Friday, December 14, 2012

Looking to the next step



Yesterday was the day and...I PASSED! AFter starting the study course 6 months ago with plans to take it much earlier than waiting until the last possible day I finally took the NASM CPT test and passed! This all started after I decided my job was not a good fit and started thinking about what I really wanted to do, early midlife crisis! I have taken 4 certification exams now and I think this was the toughest! With my medical background I knew a lot of the physiology but hadn't thought to look much at the business part of the information, some guessing was occuring there!

What a year it has been for my career and furthering education. I took (and soon) left what looked to be the perfect job last Spring to fall into a teaching position for a small university. That move encouraged me to add an education specialty to my doctoral program which I am happy to say resulted in a 4.0 this semester! This Fall I became an RRCA certified run coach and now NASM certified personal trainer.

So what is ahead? I don't know for sure. Anyone know of a good fit for an advanced practice nurse/personal trainer with an education background? I'm serious, I would love input if you have heard of anything. I would love to combine my education with my passion for wellness and fitness into a career, but know I can't realistically take a trainer position without a big pay cut...Boo! As I continue to brainstorm (would love help with this part) I am in the process of finishing certification to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (currently I am limited to adults) and will complete my final semester of education specialty in Spring, all that's left is my thesis starting in Fall.


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16 comments:

  1. Congrats! It's definitely nice to have lots of credentials and options. Maybe some kind of supervisory position in a fitness facility? Or working as a nurse and taking pt clients on the side? I'll keep brainstorming. :)

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    1. Thanks Laura, this might be options...wonder if I can find something part-time again? :)

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  2. Awesome job!! SO excited for you:) I am in the same boat as far as what to do. Lucky for me any pay is better than my stay at home mom salary:)

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    1. Thanks! That is right, hope you figure out what you want to do too :)

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  3. Congrats on your certification. You should be proud of yourself for accomplishing that.

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  4. Congratulations Jen! That is awesome.

    Wow! Almost 300! I never imagined. Just wait until you hear my updates on the prize sponsors! I'll email you tomorrow with some of our final details :)

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    1. Thanks Jill, I just sent you some updates too! :)

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  5. Congratulations on passing your test!! I'm excited to see what your next steps are...

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    1. Thanks, I'm excited too to figure out what's next.

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  6. Congrats. I am an RN also, but not an APN. I know here in Austin there are some family medicine practices that are slanted towards sports medicine. Maybe there is something like that where you live? A sports med APN seems like the perfect use of your skills. Or maybe a PM and R practice? I have an APN friend in PM and R although the practice is more focused on pain management. Ick. Good luck..it's cool to have some options.

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    1. Thanks. Sports med is one of my hopes, I am currently only adult health but have a semester left to finish adding a Family NP certification then I think sports med might be a better option so I can see kids too :)

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  7. Congratulations! I know that NASM is one of the tougher ones. I have all the books here but went a different route due to affordability.

    I wish I had some ideas for you. The only thing that popped into my mind was a corporate health/wellness program. Not sure where you live as only a very large corporation would have that type of personnel.

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    1. Thanks, which direction did you go?

      I have looked into corporate wellness but haven't found much, but I do like this idea :)

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  8. Congratulations on passing your test! That is quite an accomplishment.

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