OK, now, please don't accuse me of trying to find a reason not to accept this job, I went in looking to start that day. However, the interview, from the start, gave me a funny feeling, what I call and "utz" in my belly. Had the same feeling before the Florida trip when I nearly died, and again before I accepted the clinic job, and both times I ignored them. No more.
The doc seemed nice enough, from the start, but I took issue with several things.
First, he offered me a rate that was about $20,000 less than entry-level NP salary.
Secondly, as he was explaining the job, he continuously referred to other physicians as idiots for not taking pain management patients, because "that's where the money is". He requires the patients to come in every month for their scripts (which is a good system, for control purposes, I'll admit). He also was quite proud of the fact that he ran scads of diagnostic tests (carotid Dopplers, US, Holters, etc.) himself, instead of referring the patients out. That, I was OK with, as well, until he coached me to "be vague in your notes here, just make sure that you list a diagnosis that will pay for the test". I must have looked at him weird, because his next statement was "It's not ILLEGAL, we don't do anything illegal here."
Lastly, when I asked about how we would manage the pain/benzo patients, as in Alabama I can not write controlled substances, he said "Are you sure you can't?" ( Pretty darn, sir) "OK, no problem, I'll sign them, and if I'm not here, we'll keep them locked up, so you can get them if you need them." So, in other words, blank, signed script pads, and me responsible for writing the controls.
It just didn't wash with me. And anytime someone has to make it a point to assure me that nothing is illegal when nothing about legality has been broached raises a flag, to be honest. I refuse to put my license in jeopardy just to get a job in less than a week.
Thoughts about whether I'm paranoid, wise, or indifferent would be appreciated.
And my old job has been dissolved. I will get up with the hospital that the clinic merged with and see if I can sell myself back in, by offering to sign a contract, if need be. I spoke to the headhunter that hooked me up with the job, and he can't help, since it's not posted. However, when I told him what happened, he said that, if I told them the circumstances, I should have a shot, since, per his reports from the clinic, my work was impeccable, and also given the reasons I elected to leave.
Thanks again, all. It's a comfort knowing you're here.