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The following questions are regarding the schedules and compensation of nurse practitioners (NP) (or physician assistants) seeing pediatric hem/onc patients at your institution.
What is a typical schedule for NPs (e.g. 5 days a week, 8 hours/day; 4 days a week, 10 hours/day) in the outpatient and inpatient settings? inpatient is 5 days, outpatient is 4 days (10 hr days)
What types of inpatients do NPs see (e.g chemo only; any hem/onc inpatient) any heme/onc patient
Do NPs see patients on the weekend? Inpatient only? Do they receive additional pay for this coverage? No NP coverage on the weekend
Do NPs take call? Phone availability only or are they physically present in the hospital? How often? Do they receive additional pay for this coverage? NPs don’t take call
Do you have NPs who are weekend only positions or who are PRN or “floaters”? No
What is a typical patient load for NPs in the outpatient setting? Inpatient setting? Do you have limits for the number of patients an NP can see? No limits. Number of patients varies. NPs also do education and give discharge calendars to patients that may have been seen by somebody else. Outpatient NP does most of the procedures
Do you have any NPs in a consult role (e.g. infectious disease NP seeing hem/onc patients only)? No
Thank you so much for any feedback you can provide.
——————————————- Emily Browne, CPNP Dir of Professional Development St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, TN United States ——————————————-