Rnis 2,393 Views
Joined Jun 22, '10.
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I feel less tired now working 5 days a week than when I worked 2 12's /week RN (I now work .9 and leave at noon 2 days a week).
As an NP I have more flexibility in time off. I literally asked for all the "golden days' off when I was first hired and was shocked when they were all approved. I have those days off again this year as well. There are a few days I have had to work when I would rather not...but for the most part my job has been amazingly flexible. As a nurse I could never take vacation time when I wanted, I had to make complicated trades. Also I am allowed to call in sick without guilt.... that is huge. The biggest perk is just the relaxed work environment and respect. I have a voice in my schedule and how situations are handled. I rarely feel mentally exhausted. I work for a big organization with tons of support. I rarely have to do the behind the scenes work, we have people that fill out forms, do pre auths, and follow up with all normal labs (we do handle all abnormals) I wouldn't want to go back .
I don't think it will make a huge difference. I think I did the barkley 2014 when I took it in 12/2015. Barkley was fabulous!! I did it slowly over my final semester and then re-did it the week before I took it.... I also bought an app (which I can't remember) that did aanp style questions. I was very well prepared. Good luck!!
I had a LONG orientation.... I had two weeks of spending a few days following every provider on my team. Then I had 2-3 weeks of following them and taking patients and then telling them what I would do before going in with them. Lastly I got to ramp up. I got to pull the holds out of my schedule at my leisure . I had 6 months to loose them all. I see on average 12-16 pts a day...with about an hour of my time blocked for administrative tasks a day. I will say that it has been a smooth transition.
I think using the term "tweaking" hours is a stretch in this case. if they are truly adding 8-9 hours weekly of clinical time to their log that they did not do. I also think that it is frustrating to read from instructors on this post that it is purely the responsibility of the preceptor to approve these hours. That is an awkward place to put an someone doing nursing education a free HUGE favor that slows down their practice. This is why I am hesitant to start taking students. When I do, I will likely stick to the program I graduated from since I know there is moderate oversight from their instructors
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