I posted this in another forum and it was suggested I crosspost here but for some reason couldn't xpost here.
Anyways… I'm looking for advice and other women's experiences about how they prepared for maternity leave with an outpatient caseload. I work as a psychiatric NP in a primarily outpatient setting but I also do a full week of call/rounds on the inpatient unit one week per month.
I was planning on seeing my last outpatients at 36 weeks. I am anticipating rounding on the inpatient unit M-F for weeks 37-40 if I don't go into labor before then. We don't have a FT provider on the inpatient unit so when we rotate call, our outpatient calendar is blocked so we round on the unit for that week.
I was speaking with my supervisor a few days ago about when my last call week should be and I'm kinda lost. We are extremely understaffed (4 providers share call – we each do 7 days on at a time) so when I leave, it's down to 3 providers sharing call until I'm back from maternity leave. I feel guilty/bad for being concerned about doing my last week of call at 35/36 weeks but at the same time I don't think I should or will want to be on call that far along. My supervisor is supportive of me to a point. We work for the military so I don't get as much say/flexibility as in a civilian world.
What have other people done with their work schedule prior to maternity leave? When did you start winding down patients? When did you see your last outpatient? When did you stop taking call?
Thanks for your help!
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