I graduated in December, 2012, and I work 3 days in family practice, and 2 days in urgent care. I actually really enjoy urgent care, much more so than family practice.
I see between 25 and 35 patients in a 10 hour shift. Yes, it is ball busting work! However, every day is interesting I would not take a job in urgent care as a new grad unless you have good backup. Our ER docs are on site, just down the hall and are great about helping me with x-ray interpretation, which is a weak area for me.
It is difficult in urgent care as a new grad for an NP---my program did not have a surgical rotation, so I had to learn suturing, wart removal, use of the slit lamp, and other urgent care stuff on the job.
I had 3 months of orientation while I waited for all my licenses, creds, etc. This was essential to my being able to see lots of patients and do a good job. After 3 months, I was on my own, but I always have backup with the ER docs.
In our urgent care, dealing with narcotic seeking behavior can get to be a real drag. Gets on your nerves after a while. However, I find family practice to be a difficult area for an NP at times. I work with a terrific supportive doctor, and I have my own patients, but patients can see me if his schedule is too busy. Even though I do EVERYTHING for his patients that he does, they often go back to see him in a few days to make sure "they see a doctor". This attitude is pretty standard in our area. In addition, when I started working in family practice, I inherited several patients from other providers in the area who wanted to see me instead. These other providers think I am stealing their patients!
So, overall, I like urgent care better than family practice, which is a shock for me....I became an FNP because I really wanted to do family practice.
Hope this helps!