Saturday, October 04, 2008

Are You Happy Being A NP?

I was checking out my sitemeter and usually research what brings people to my site. One of the most common entries is "Are you happy being a NP?"
Well...let me think about it for a minute...Sure am!! I love my job! I can't say enough about it. It is one of the greatest things that has EVER happened to me. Here's the top reasons why I love being a NP.

  1. I can actually make patients better! I have the ability to interview patients and get to the root of their health problems and show them ways to feel like they have some control over their lives.

  2. Patients trust me with their lives. What an awesome and humbling responsibility.

  3. I love the way the kids smile when they see me on each visit, even if I have to be “mean to them” when they are really sick. This usually entails that really terrible stick that I have to get into their mouths to visualize their tonsils while in a headlock. YUCK!

  4. The nice letters that my bosses sometime receive when my patients write in to say what a great job we do for them. Pat! Pat! Many thanks to you for those unsolicited notes!

  5. I very seldom have to work on the weekends. I only work rotating half day Saturdays with the other providers in the practice. Not too bad.

  6. I’m home by 6pm every night. This means that I actually get to see my kids while they are awake. Nice!

What are some of the reasons that you like being what you are?


  1. Anonymous8:38 PM

    Hey! I'm thinking about becoming either a NP or a PA, what is the difference? Can a NP still do all of the procedures that a PA can do?

  2. Yes, a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant can both do the same procedures as long as they have been trained and have a collaborating agreement with their MDs to allow them to do it. This only applies in states that NPs have to have such agreements. There are some states that NPs can practice totally solo in. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Anonymous1:46 PM

    Hello, I am not a nurse, but I have worked on the credentialing side of nursing for several yrs. and I wanted to know if anyone on here is certified through ANCC? If so, I have some VERY IMPORTANT info. about them. I have to get this out to nurses; this deals with why their certifications expire and they can not work until they have been certified or re-certified, why they OVER pay ANCC and not receive their refund. There is just so much they need to know. They are not being treat fairly and they need to know this. I worked there and I seen first hand things that should and will be made public. So, if anyone knows someone who has had problems with ANCC, pls. email

  4. Thanks for the heads up. I am credentialed through ANCC and will email you for details.