How to Know When to Refer to a Specialist: #1 Tip for New Grad NPs

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A major stressor for new nurse practitioners is whether or not they are referring out too much from primary care to specialists. It's a challenging part of the role transition from RN to NP to get a handle on what belongs to primary care and what should be seen in primary care.

As a new nurse practitioner, it's super normal to be asking questions like: When should you refer to a specialist? Are there other tests you could do first? Should you wait it out? At what point can you be sure?

This episode is a must-watch for all new grad nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students!

When to Refer to a Specialist from Primary Care

In this video is my NUMBER ONE strategy to help you:

  • Feel more confident with your referrals
  • Deepen and broaden your knowledge base
  • Take excellent care of your patients
  • The step-by-step to do it and pitfalls to avoid (that I made...)

Any guesses? Check it out below 👇

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