Quote from yellow finch
Now that I'm completing my program, there is little opportunity to round through the hospital as the FNP program I'm in forces me to complete hours primarily within a Family Practice/Internal Medicine office. I've also discovered that the office bores me to no end and I can't see myself working in one.
So far, I know of a couple of hospitals that hire mid-levels in the ER but they are mainly PAs. *sigh* Time to change that.
As for my FNP program, yes, I feel (on the whole) ready to practice. I've also put out the word to a specific group that I'm available to round, as a RN, with the MDs in order to learn the job better. It may not be my first choice for employment in the ned, but it will be excellent experience.
Any further questions? I'm happy to answer them!
Hello Yellow Finch,
One of my colleagues graduated from the FNP program (university of Michigan-flint) about 7 months ago and got hired by a group of Neuro surgeons. They are training her for first assist on all neuro procedures, trained her to read cat scans, insert ICP drains/monitor etc....
She works with her conterpart to cover the group needs-He is a PA and they do exactly the same job.
I think safe to say that she never considered a career in a PCP office even though she went for the FNP program. She seems thrilled with her role!
I suppose each hospital has their own guidelines about the role that a NP plays within the hospital, but my understanding is that the surgeons who hired her through the hospital in the first place (she is considered to be employed by the hospital,not by the surgeon's group, but for their needs) are the ones deciding of her responsabilities and training her accordingly. They obviously want someone who could be on call for them and cover all neuro traumas, able to read images and call them once she judges the surgeon's presence to be required. Until then, she still has a lot of autonomy in decision making as well as performing invasive procedures. If the surgeon needs to come in, she will assist him in the ER, OR or ICU. On a daily basis, she also rounds with them and scrubs
in for elective and emergency procedures.
I just thought you might find her experience interesting and hope it will open new prospects to you.
Keep us posted on your progress