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Do NPs get training?

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I'd prefer not to post too much information, but it is a specialty practice. I was given a VERY different version of how things would start the first couple of months (eg. severity of patients, amount of time booked per patient, the fact that each pt would be presented) and so I wanted to know the general experience of others. I see that it's a combination of factors, including poor clinical experience contributing to a lack of confidence. It is sink or swim. Thank you all for your replies!

Rules are a little different when considering family vs specialty practice. Family you get the run of the mill mix of everything and you do see the same things over and over during certain times of the year. Plus, you get pretty adept at the HTN, DM and HLD management.

Specialty practice has its own prickly nuances. Starting with the fact that your physicians are experts in certain areas in addition to their basic training. It can be quite intimidating coming directly from school. It also required you work harder to get up to speed so your physicians are not in a constant eye-roll. Also, your patients expect you to know, in detail, how to treat their condition.

I am not sure what area you work in, but I do know every specialty practice sees many patients who can be easily handled by PCP and these are most likely the once you should focus on and be prepared to see. Look back at prior treatment plans and try to draw on similarities of conditions with treatments. Also, know your guidelines - cannot emphasize that enough.

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Palliative Care, DNP specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

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I work for a hospital conglomerate. I oriented in 3 facilities with physicians that completed residencies in Palliative Care for 2 weeks each. So a total of 6 weeks of working directly with a physician. I see 14 patients a day typically but with this specialty each can be quite time consuming as we are also dealing with families and end of life. I utilize references and ask questions when I don't know the answer. I also take notes of new things daily and look up/study when home.

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casias12 has 30 years experience and specializes in Cardiology nurse practitioner.

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Someone once said a cardiologist could be replaced with an app, a primary could be replaced with a Wal-mart greeter.

I took that to mean that PCP's just refer patients out, loosely, by the body system, and specialists get so used to seeing the same thing, they can write orders in their sleep.

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