Advice for New NPs
Time, because of its duplicitous intangibility and
quantifiable nature is, to me, a perennially elusive phenomenon. You can
measure it but you can't hold it and yet it dictates the rhythms of life. While
I reflect on these ephemeral characteristics, the advent of 2013 ushers forth
the commencement of my second year as a Nurse Practitioner.
I still feel every
ounce the neophyte but am pleased to share with any new clinician that as the days
pass a feeling of authority and competence will slowly replace the choke hold of
anxiety associated with the responsibility of diagnosing and treating patients.
From one new practitioner to another, I have included some
tidbits to help surmount the inevitable challenges associated with this work
and ultimately dominate the passage of time.
your research and shadow another NP during their routine work day before
deciding to accept the job
for CME funds as part of your hiring negotiations
resources like Uptodate often
your job in the same studious manner that you approached your exams: this means
a lot of reading outside of work
ask for help
up with your patients, their labs and their imagery studies
familiar with the medications you most often prescribe, e.g. dose, drug interactions,
side effects, safety in pregnancy, duration of treatment, frequency of
work to refine and improve your documentation skills
the position if you don't feel well supported
prescience, always think about where you are now and where you want to be in
your practice - set both short and long term goals
forget, nor overlook your nursing background
Happy New Year! May 2013
bring you and yours health, wealth, happiness and much love.