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A day in the life of a FNP...?

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Nurse Practitioners, what activities does a day at work consist of? As we often hear from nurses working at the bedside, did you find your first year of practice to be most challenging? Was there a certain 'defining moment' which prompted you to pursue your NP? Please explain your stories. I am intrigued by you NPs...

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 10 years experience.

Nurse Practitioners, what activities does a day at work consist of? As we often hear from nurses working at the bedside, did you find your first year of practice to be most challenging? Was there a certain 'defining moment' which prompted you to pursue your NP? Please explain your stories. I am intrigued by you NPs...

For me:

I get to the hospital at 745AM and round on whatever patients my office has admitted, normally 3-4, put in orders, discharge them if needed.

Arrive at my office/clinic by 9-930 and a mix of acute and chronic parents until 12-1215. Break an hour for lunch. Start up seeing patients again at 115-130 until 4.

Follow up on phone calls. Go back to the hospital if there is an admission pending or go home.

In the office I see acute visits, follow ups, new patients. I do whatever procedures need to be done and are safe to do in a primary care setting.

I also handle all of our INR monitoring, VNA orders, skilled care orders.

The first year is a learning experience. It can be wonderful or horrible, just like the first year of RN with some added pressure.

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