A Day In The Life Of A NP?

  1. I was wondering if any of the NP's here would like to post a breakdown of a typical workday. My goal is to become a FNP and I would love to see what I'd be getting into.

    Thanks!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   perioddrama
  4. by   goofeegirl
    Heh. You wouldn't want to hear what I do all day. Mostly I sit around reading a book until a patient comes in then I go back to reading said book. I don't know how long I can manage this.
  5. by   PatMac10,RN
    Quote from goofeegirl
    Heh. You wouldn't want to hear what I do all day. Mostly I sit around reading a book until a patient comes in then I go back to reading said book. I don't know how long I can manage this.
    What type of facility do you work at, goofeegirl? Sounds like a minute clinic/ convenient care clinic. I've always imagined working in one of those types of clinics , even if the autonomy is said to be "limited". Maybe after I for some years of practice else where.
  6. by   CRF250Xpert
    Get to work at 0500 to read all labs and write notes based on those for the staff to get with the pt for yz and f/u. Read al of the notes from staf for me - med refills, referral request etc. Read all notes from referral providers. see 16 routine appointment and 4 to 6 acutes plus walk-ins, hopefully get a few minor procedures done during the day and catch a few more involved ones to schedule for another day. Rinse lather repeat. Every day is groudhog day all over again. Except when on call, then I get to do it 24/7 for a week. Be careful what you ask for...
  7. by   goofeegirl
    Quote from PatMac10,SN
    What type of facility do you work at, goofeegirl? Sounds like a minute clinic/ convenient care clinic. I've always imagined working in one of those types of clinics , even if the autonomy is said to be "limited". Maybe after I for some years of practice else where.
    I work in physical medicine which is like integrative health. The practice needs a NP to remain open so I'm just window dressing most of the time.
  8. by   morganvibes
    Hi, I had an interview with a chiro clinic and I got that feeling too, like They just needed an NP to prescribe some meds. I just didnt feel like I knew what they wanted me to do and I dont really feel comfortable being the only medical person to begin a brand new program.
  9. by   thenewguy8
    Hi Goofeegirl, when you say physical medicine do you mean osteopathy / manipulation / injection / pain stuff? And CAM?

    I'm very interested in that field - do you find you are not able to contribute?
  10. by   goofeegirl
    I don't know what CAM stands for but the rest describes my practice. All I do is the health assessments, joint and trigger point injections. They have people working on the floor and honestly it doesn't interest me. I fell into this field and at first enjoyed it but it's pretty boring when I sit for over an hour without a patient and just read a book. I do feel like I've lost a lot of the skills and knowledge that I acquired in school. On the other hand, it's low stress and it pays well. Unless something spectacular comes along I'm sticking it out.
  11. by   CRF250Xpert
    CAM is Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  12. by   newnp2012
    Im currently in family practice, i am new NP and have realized the importance of which we FNP's playl I do alot of acute problems, but also do alot of routine physical, well child checks, pap smears, and routine medical follow ups.
  13. by   goofeegirl
    Quote from CRF250Xpert
    CAM is Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Ah, thank you!
  14. by   NPAlby
    Quote from goofeegirl
    I don't know what CAM stands for but the rest describes my practice. All I do is the health assessments, joint and trigger point injections. They have people working on the floor and honestly it doesn't interest me. I fell into this field and at first enjoyed it but it's pretty boring when I sit for over an hour without a patient and just read a book. I do feel like I've lost a lot of the skills and knowledge that I acquired in school. On the other hand, it's low stress and it pays well. Unless something spectacular comes along I'm sticking it out.
    Rock on goofeegirl! If you really get bored you could always pick up some hours at another gig Im sure. I say live it up for the rest of us!

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