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How Primary Care Offices Work for New Nurse Practitioners

Jun 09, 2021

As nurse practitioners, we primarily learn the clinical aspects of practice. For good reason-- we’re taking care of real patients’ lives. But there’s a whole lot more to learn on the job, from delegation and leadership, to navigating day-to-day challenges in the ecosystem of a clinic.

I was SO focused on learning the clinical parts as a new NP, that I was caught by surprise at my first job. I didn’t realize how primary care offices work-- the business of running a clinic -- and the role I now played.

Understanding how primary care offices work from a business perspective can help you in SO many aspects of your job as a nurse practitioner-- from asking the right questions during a clinic interview, to negotiating salary, to making improvements in clinic workflow or requesting more support. 

How Primary Care Offices Work for New Nurse Practitioners

In this week’s video, I’m covering the foundations of how primary care clinics work from a business perspective, your role, and it will serve for the basis of a few upcoming videos where I address the “ideal world” and the “real world” of primary care offices, and how to navigate the common issues that come up.

Check it out here:

 (FYI: to slow down the audio speed, hit the gear symbol in the bottom right corner and change it to .75x or .5x. Closed captions are also located at the bottom R hand corner of the video.)

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