A Day In The Life Of A NP?

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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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...
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    CAM is Complementary and Alternative Medicine


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