I have planned to start a nurse practitioner forum of sorts for a long time now. I would love for MidlevelU to become a place where nurse practitioners and prospective NP’s can help each other out with issues that arise throughout their education and careers or simply when they need encouragement. This week, the perfect opportunity presented itself. I hope all the NP’s out there can help out our fellow nurse practitioner, Katy.
This week Katy e-mailed me as she has become a bit burnt out in her job. She works as a family nurse practitioner in a primary care clinic. Currently, she works four, ten-hour days each week seeing patients eight of the ten hours and taking two of these hours to complete administrative tasks. In a typical day, Katy treats about 25 patients. Katy has not received a raise in three years and is paid below the average salary for her state.
Katy suspects her employer will ask her to begin seeing patients for the entire ten hours she is at work rather than allowing her to continue to work in her two administrative hours. She is unsure what is standard in a primary care clinic. What schedules do other nurse practitioners maintain? Do other NP’s receive administrative time for paperwork and patient call-backs in their typical work day?
Let’s help Katy out! Let her know what schedule you work and if administrative time is included in your average work day. Do you think Katy’s current arrangement sounds reasonable? What if she is asked to treat patients for all ten hours she works rather than just eight? Post your comments below.
Do you have a question about your nurse practitioner career? Are you thinking of becoming a nurse practitioner and trying to find the right path? Let me know by e-mailing email@example.com and you could be featured next on the new column ‘Help Out an NP’.