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by etoile88 etoile88, RN, NP (Member) Nurse

etoile88 is a RN, NP and specializes in Primary care.

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Hi, friends! I'm almost a year in as a pediatric primary care NP in a small pediatrician's office (it's just the MD and me), and while I absolutely LOVE the actual work I'm doing, the job itself is really really quickly burning me out. I was a bedside RN for almost 10 years, and I never felt anything like this so quickly. I know the RN to NP transition, especially in the first year, is tough..but I'm so unhappy. I've talked to a dozen or so colleagues and know that some of the things in my office aren't universal (i.e. visit times, the workload overall, on-call specifics), but I'm really worried that perhaps just primary care isn't my jam. The stress I take home and experience at the office is really outweighing my happiness :( Anyway...I was wondering for just ideas of other jobs people with master's in nursing/their NP have done other than just working in a hospital/doctor's office with direct patient care? I'm toying with a specialty at some point, but I just feel really lost at the moment.. 

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I'm not familiar with pediatrics, but is there some type of home care you can do in peds as an NP?  I am working in different nursing facilities (LTC, TCU, assisted living) and somewhat making your own hours and not having set appointment times right after another is really enjoyable.  

Or maybe a specialty clinic in peds would offer you longer appointment times w/each patient, therefore hopefully reducing burn out?  Good luck!

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etoile88 is a RN, NP and specializes in Primary care.

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Thanks! I hadn't thought about home care at all - I'm honestly not sure what those options would be. I agree that it would be a nice break in scheduling, though, as it would with speciality clinics 🙂

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I was about to suggest home care. There is definitely the stress with that as well but instead of the four-to-six-patients-per-hour requirement, I am required to see four patients a day.

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etoile88 is a RN, NP and specializes in Primary care.

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That sounds wonderful! I can imagine it has its stresses all of its own, though. Thank you for the suggestion. What kind of home care do you provide?? 

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@etoile88, I work in hospice/palliative care

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