Quote from angel549
Question: Since I am new at this, I am looking at #2 under deal-breakers.
If a job says "we pay salary. $85K a year, 40 hrs a week in the office, 1 weekend covering the hospital a month, and you will be "on call" that whole weekend (overnight) once a month. All of that is included in the $85K salary"
Do most practices give you a salary PLUS pay for weekends/on call?
Most won't "give" you anything. I remember when I first started out feeling "honored," for a lack of a better word, that I even was offered a NP position. I was too quick to take the offer without reading between the lines and carefully dissecting what it means. So I would answer your question with the following questions.
1. What's the average census over the weekend? Does it flucutate with seasons?
2. Is there someone available for you to discuss any issues with ( a suprevising provider )?
3. Will they split billing with you over the weekend?
4. 40 hours a week in the office with one weekend of coverage monthly DOES not equal 40 hours a week EVERY week. What's the flow like on the weekend, average hours/pt?
5. How soon do they expect you to start taking call? If you are a new NP I would wait at a minimum 6 months. It's a bit nerve racking at first if you're still learning the system.
I would absolutely negotiate some compensation for weekend call. At a minimum they should split billing with you for that weekend to make up for the hours you take call.
Best of luck!!