Where I work we've recently had a nurse practitioner join the clinic and I've found myself in an uncomfortable position. I'm finding myself answering clinical, administrative and EMR questions 10-15+ a day and it is impeding my workflow. I am fee-for-service like most family physicians here, so between my 50 patients a day and endless paperwork I don't exactly have the time to do free hallway consults all day.
These nurse practitioners were hired under new salaried positions to practice independently in community clinics and are functionally equivalent to a family physician. They are doing the same job as me. Of course, since they've never practiced in this scope or setting before they have oodles of questions both logistical and clinical in nature. There's no one available to answer their questions except family doctors.
I do admit there are some politics behind this as well. The local government came up with 2 salaried contracts, one for GPs and the other for NPs. Broken down per patient, the NPs are being paid 50% more than GPs which has caused a lot of tension. Family doctors were already feeling undervalued and overworked so this was just salt in the wound.
I am not sure how I should approach this while being professional about it. I don't exactly want to throw a colleague under the bus but it's affecting my work and ideologically it doesn't feel right that I am having to mentor this person.
Edit: I know this will be a touchy topic but I am genuinely looking for some advice from both MDs and non-MDs. I hope the discussion can stay civil.
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