Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Am I Invisible Or What?

Just a question... How many NPs have been excluded from company parties that Docs are invited to? I would certainly hope not many. Do you get included in company meetings? This still boggles my mind considering that NPs bring in quite a lot of revenue for practices and have very high patient satisfaction scores.
Are you included in your company or do you feel like your input makes no difference?
I've heard various responses from full involvement to none. Where do you land in the spectrum? Do you feel like it matters? How would you go about changing the perceptions?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Nurse Practitioner Burnout

Why do NPs burnout? Much the same reasons as Doctors. Constant pressure to produce and keep everyone happy including patients, their family members, our bosses, our co-workers, insurance companies, and our own families. At the same time, trying not to kill anyone.
 The good thing is that has resolved itself with a job change. I just spent a long weekend at the beach and never  opened my computer to work. For the first time in 6 years...
That's not saying that I haven't taken time off, just that I've always had to open my computer and work at some point during the event. 
You need to find ways to unstress your life or both components will fall apart. Read a book for pleasure. That doesn't include trade magazines! I'm talking about a good, juicy romance novel or some trash mags and just unwind. I also watch certain television shows and don't work while I'm enjoying it. Even if it's an hour or two a week, go for a walk or try to garden. 
These tips will prevent burnout for a little while. 

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Once Again FL Is Behind The Times

Unless there is a special session, once again Florida Nurse Practitioners have been left in the Dark Ages of medicine. I have been watching the House and the Senate closely during this year's sessions. I was so hoping that this would be the year prescription authority at least would be granted. After all, we are the LAST State left! 
Really! Do you actually think that we will start running willy nilly writing narcotics for every patient who asks for them? Am I that stupid and untrained that I can't figure out who truly needs pain medications? You don't think that I can tell when patients are trying to pull a fast one? I use appropriate screening tools including online that can tell me Statewide where and when a patient has received narcotics anywhere in the State. 
Does anyone care about the delay in care? I had to wait three months at a new practice site to write for sleeping pills for well established, upstanding patients because my collaborating MD was delayed in arriving and the temp collaborator didn't want to cover until the regular one was here. 
Until patients start writing their congress and senate and demand that we become recognized as top notch competent providers, nothing will change. 
Just like this year....

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Changes in Practice Locations

Apparently, after I left my previous employer to go to Shand's Primary Care West in Lake City, I have been "just booked up, sick, or out of the office." 
I understand that the previous practice does not want to tell my patients where I went in order to try and keep them from following me. But it's pretty sad when they lie to patients and not just tell them that I've moved on. Don't they realize that it makes people mad and make them want to leave? 
I have always thought no compete clauses were stupid anyway. Adults will follow a provider if they can because they have built a relationship and trust. I can't make them follow if they don't want to. 
I will be glad when the new doctor joins the group so the advertising goes out and it all can be clarified. 
Otherwise, I've been on the longest vacation of my life?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cha Cha Cha Changes!

It's been a while since I've posted due to some changes in my career setting. I'm still a FNP but moved to an office closer to home with better hours. This was a sudden thing as the opportunity fell into my lap. 
This is the first chance I have had to blog in a bit that didn't feel like a complaint yet again. I had a wonderful weekend without my computer attached to my hip and wasn't quite sure what to so with myself. I'm sure the quiet timd will once again be few and far between but I'm catching up on some reading.
I plan to go through my links and clean those out and pop over to some of my old blogger haunts and say hello.
Hope to become more motivated to write! See you around after I catch up on some sleep!