Although in many states Nurse Practitioners are qualified to work independently, it is highly suggested that you start your first year working alongside an experienced physician or other NP.
As with any first job, you’ll not only want a professional connection with your new supervisor, but also a relationship where you’ll feel comfortable asking questions, so as to get a better feel of the field in general.
Because you never know what types of personalities you’ll be working with, starting a new job can be difficult. There is only so much you can read off of an individual in those initial meetings for the job, especially considering that the average time spent in an interview is only about 45 minutes.
The best time to get to know your supervisor is on the job!
Naturally, we do what we observe, and tend to be influenced most by those we surround ourselves with. Thus, it is vital to look for certain characteristics in your first supervising physician.
Here are a few traits you should look for.
Easy to Talk To
You have just seen your first patient and are a bit unsure as to what the next step is. Your mind is running as you approach the supervising physician with your question. They look at you, roll their eyes, and tell you to sit down and listen.
This is NOT the way someone should be spoken to and will not help you to grow professionally.
Your supervisor should be someone who understands that you are going to have MANY questions; this is a natural aspect of how we learn. If your physician is not easy to talk to, then you will likely run into several obstacles along the way, and you may ultimately leave this job with many unanswered questions.
Learn from this experience and take it with you in your future relationships with others. Supervisors should have time for other employees’ questions.
Practicing for the Right Reasons
It’s easy to lose passion as time passes by.
When a physician has been practicing for years, there may be a chance that they have forgotten why they wanted to join the medical field to begin with. After some time, people will sometimes just see dollar signs, while their intention of helping others begins to fade away.
It’s important to remain level headed, and to recognize that no matter the pay range, you were originally drawn to the medical field because of the fact that you were going to be helping OTHERS – not simply your own pocket.
Being in the medical industry as an NP means you will always have the chance to do good for patients, and make their lives as comfortable as possible, regardless of the sickness that they may be facing.
Messy Desk, Messy Practice
As in any other profession, organization is a monumental factor in running an efficient office. This goes the same for a physician’s practice. It MUST be meaningfully organized in order function at an effective (and profiting) level.
Your physician may own their practice, but this does not mean that they are the best office managers. Keep an eye out to see how they handle their business as a whole, not just in the patient rooms.
Disorganization can lead to unhappy employees – including you. Office managers can only do so much, as it is up to the owner(s) to make sure that business is running as it should, and are helping to organize and maintain an efficient work flow from day to day.
Value and Communication
As a new employee, you’ll want to be able to communicate effectively with your new boss. It’s always a plus when a physician has an “open door” policy. This sort of mentality is great in that it allows you to be comfortable in knowing that you can always express your concerns about the work environment.
Once that communication is set in place, you’ll be able to intuitively analyze what sort of value your employer holds for you. Always remember that even if your new employer has low value, or opinion, of their employees, YOU ARE WORTH MUCH!
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