Similar to the threads out there regarding employment offers/ compensation, I thought it might be helpful for students and new providers to see what orientation is like (and how it differs wildly) as food for thought when negotiating/ accepting an offer.
Any one who would like to weigh in regarding what kind of orientation/ training they received as a new NP, I am sure it will be valued.
NP role: outpatient specialty practice with a good percentage of hospital/SNF rounding duties on the group's patients
Orientation time: 3 months essentially side-by-side with another provider or hooked very closely with a provider mentor for all needs and questions, split among various providers in the clinic (MDs, PAs, and NPs) and SNFs ; this includes rounding time in the hospitals and facilities, time spent getting to know people in various important supportive roles, and learning modules (computer based, classroom based, and self-study). At the end of this 3 months, I will be evaluated by my collaborating physician, administrative supervisor (on productivity and time management) and be audited by compliance for my documentation (for billing/ revenue metrics). Additionally, routine check in meetings have been built in with my collaborating doc all throughout my first year of employment.
I was pretty satisfied with this plan going into the position, and now that I am in it feel that I will be ready to spread my wings at the end, especially knowing that support is only a phone call away.
I have heard many stories from NPs I have run into that received essentially very little to no orientation, which is why I wanted to query the group and read about others' experiences.