Job Title: Nurse Practitioner
Type of Company: I work in a private medical practice office.
Education: MS, Nursing
Previous Experience: I worked as a staff nurse in a medical/surgical unit at a hospital and became an assistant head nurse before leaving to pursue my education as a nurse practitioner. When I got my degree I started working in the private practice office where I'm currently employed.
Job Tasks: I report to work in the morning and start seeing patients. On average I see about twenty to thirty patients per day, or one every fifteen minutes or so. Patients come to me for sick visits, follow-up visits and routine physical exams, exactly as they would to a doctor. I will see a patient with a cold or a sinus infection and prescribe antibiotics, if I think that's appropriate. If a patient needs a routine physical, I'll perform that as well. If he has an injury like a sprained ankle I will refer him to a specialist just as a general practitioner would.
My job also entitles me to order tests and lab work that I deem necessary and to prescribe medication. I call patients with their test results and explain preventive measures they can take to avoid illness and establish a healthier lifestyle. I collaborate with medical assistants, nurses and medical doctors and together we refer patients to specialists as the situation warrants.
Overall my job is important as well as challenging. I affect the lives of people on a daily basis and it's a duty that I take very seriously.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I get to interact with people and help them through their journey of life to the best of my abilities. It is wonderfully rewarding to share and be a part of peoples lives. There is a bond and shared trust that I cherish deeply and that makes my life much more fulfilling.
The worst part of my job is having to break the "bad news" about a patient's health.
1. Work hard at your career, no matter what direction it leads you in. You have a big responsibility, so work hard at it.
2. Get as much experience as you can. Learn from those around you and absorb and incorporate the things you like into your own practice.
3. The lives of people are the most important treasure we have. Be passionate at what you do and your life will be so much more rewarding for it.
Additional Thoughts: No matter what career path you pursue make sure it is something you are passionate about. Your career is a large part of your life and it is something you should find rewarding, challenging and you should feel proud of what you do.
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