I can vouch for the work-life balance as an NP being greater than that of an RN. I'm a new grad NP working for a FQHC in the southeast. I'm mainly practicing in women's health, but am seeing about a day a week of primary care as well. I chose a 32 hour contract instead of 40 to achieve greater work-life balance. Granted, I get paid less, but the time home with my kids is worth more than money. Still, the pay is twice my RN salary. I work 3 full days and 2 half days a week. I am off every weekend, holiday. I have 4.5 weeks of vacation, CEU time, and the autonomy I was craving. On a standard full day, my last patient is scheduled at 3:30, which means I have admin time is from 4-5. I routinely leave at 4:30 as I am usually able to complete all of my admin tasks, read labs, refills, etc. during lunch. I think If I were seeing more primary care patients, I would have to stay until 5 to stay caught up with all of the labs, referrals, diagnostics, etc. I just don't order a ton for my OB and GYN patients.