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PMHNP work/ life balance


Are there any PMHNP or those in the know who could share some details about hours per week worked? Also if you could include work setting (in patient, out patient, correctional facility, etc.)? I've looked at job postings advertising 40 hrs, no weekends, no holidays, no on call... Seems pretty sweet! almost too good to be true.


Has 25 years experience.

talk to PsychGuy, he has a SWEEEEEEEET set up!!

rn_patrick, NP

Has 14 years experience.

About 40 right now. Combination outpatient hours and in a team setting on in-patient. It really depends on where you work and what the expectations are especially on-call and if you have to round to do consults.


Specializes in Forensics, OB, QI.

Bumping for other responses.

I work 36 hrs a week in outpt- 4-9 hr days. no weekends, no call, 4 weeks PTO, 1 week education and 1 week sick time. The clinic I work in is GMH. The trade off is only getting 1 hr and 20 min a day of doc time with 20 min med checks and 1 hr psych evals. Its busy, limited support as there is no "team" as compared to SMI clinic.

I work full time in geripsych nursing home settings. I set my own time to visit my assigned nursing home. Normally, I'm done rounding around 12-1 PM and do notes at home. I see around 20-30 patients/day. No call or minimal :), no weekends and off all major holidays.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Normally, I'm done rounding around 12-1 PM and do notes at home..

OP, sorry for the hijack but I'm curious about how well this works. I've been tempted to do it as I have offsite computer access but invariably either something comes up during the day that I physically need to check out or a few times although my assessment is essentially complete a question arose that I had the luxury of going to see or discuss with the patient. I also get a lot of calls for orders, changes in obs status etc. during the day when I'm onsite that would probably get on my nerves if I was at home where I feel like I should be off duty.

Normally, I see 5 patients at a time, adjust meds or do GDR and at the same time make my initial notes at the facility. Start my work around 8 AM and before lunch I already see 20 or more patients. Then, go home, finish up my notes and fax my notes to the facility in the afternoon. Typically, that how my day goes. However, it may change a little bit if I have several new referrals to see. Otherwise, my job is to adjust psych meds for patients c/o depression, insomnia, agitation psychosis, etc.. and do GDR for fairly stable patients.

By the way I bring a lap tap with hot spot and use EHR when I visit to the facility.

That sounds great...... are you consulting only or do you prescribe there as well?

Both consultant and manage psych meds.