Hello everyone! For those who are nurse practitioners, particularly FNPs because that it what my goal is, I was wondering if you could describe your daily routine/ a day in the life of a NP. Unfortunately, I am unable to shadow a NP and was not able to in high school or in nursing school. Do you work in an outpatient office? What's your typical day like? What are the patients like? Any details would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your time!!
Mar 11, '14
I have a quick explanation of what I do.
I work in a hospital
admit 10-14 patients per night, sometimes less, usually not more
they come from the ER or xfers from smaller hospitals around.
i take call for about 50-90 patients per night, and get 10-60 pages per night from nursing staff on all floors minus sike.
patients may be simple chest pain rule outs
or train wreck transfers in septic shock on the ventilator.
I have full subspecialty and surgical back up so i can call the critical care/PULM, or anybody else I need.
ER doctor runs the codes, i read the chart off to them.
even though i have backup, i still have to order pressor drips, heparin drips, etc very often and manage these
i also have my attending on call at all times by phone if i need anything.
an admission process goes as such:
pull up old H P if able, see patient for an h and p, order labs n rads, write other orders, dictate history and physical.
discharge summaries or socialize with staff when not busy.
transfer patients to the nearest teaching hospital u of kentucky, if needed for neursurgical or trauma.
Last edit by DidiRN on Mar 12, '14