Ready to leave healthcare: Case study of a mom, a wife, a FNP

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Because nurse practitioners like case studies so much, I decided to write one for you 😜.

Let’s meet Jen.

A wife, a mom, and a family nurse practitioner.

Jen has worked as a nurse practitioner for the past 6 years in family practice. Jen has noticed since the pandemic, she has started to feel burned-out and id ready to leave healthcare. Jen is feeling emotionally, physically, mentally exhausted. She dreads going to work and loathes having to answer one more patient communication. 😬

With administrative changes and push to see more, sicker patients, she has gotten behind on her charting. Jen sees an average of 20 patients a day. She spends the entire nine hour day (what’s a lunch break anyways) seeing patients and managing the other tasks required as a nurse practitioner. Jen will spend approximately 2-3 hours a night (unpaid time-ouch!) finishing up charts and another 6 hours over the weekend just trying to stay caught up.

Needless to say, Jen has over 60 open charts and is starting to receive the nasty “you have open charts so you won’t get a bonus” emails. This lack of work-life balance is causing Jen to feel burned-out and ready to leave healthcare.

Jen is ready to leave healthcare

The nurse practitioner burnout and excessive charting is affecting Jen’s family. Her young children ask her why she has to work so much instead of playing with them. Her husband has always been supportive, but now is frustrated with the extra hours she is working (for no extra pay).

Jen is an overwhelmed, burned-out, and ready to leave healthcare nurse practitioner. She wonders why she went back to nurse practitioner school in the first place. Jen is struggling with mom guilt for missing her children’s activities. She wants to have more time and energy to spend with her family.

Jen wonders how she can create a better work-life balance as a nurse practitioner. She wonders how she can change her charting so she can STOP charting at home. Jen wonders if it’s even possible to overcome the nurse practitioner burnout. She wonders if she is ready to leave healthcare altogether.

Is it even possible to overcome nurse practitioner burnout?

Jen’s number one factor of nurse practitioner burnout is a lack of work-life balance. And the number one cause of her work life imbalance is CHARTING! Like many other burned-out nurse practitioners, Jen questions if she can change her charting and overcome nurse practitioner burnout. She thinks being ready to leave healthcare is the only solution to solve her nurse practitioner burnout.

As The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner, I have worked with multiple nurse practitioners who were able to change their charting and create a better work-life balance! Take a look in The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner Facebook Group. There are multiple posts of nurse practitioners making small changes to their charting that make huge impacts.

It is possible to change your charting! Check out The Nurse Practitioner Charting School for blog posts on time management and charting tips!

But, if you have tried to change your charting with no improvements or you did well for a few weeks and then slid back to your old habits, you likely need more support.

Time Management and Charting Tips for NPs

Jen purchased The Time Management and Charting Tips Course and discovered the shortcuts and tips, to overcome the physical and mental roadblocks. Jen better prioritized her time, so she has more of it. She did not need to quit her job or change the entire office culture.

She was able to make small changes that lead to huge success. Over the span of about 4 weeks, Jen was able to stay on task during her clinic day. She is still working on leaving the office right at 5:00pm, but she was able to make the necessary changes to STOP charting at home.

Jen now has her evenings and weekends to give her full attention to her family. She is less stressed and is again starting to love her work as a nurse practitioner. Jen is overcoming the burnout she thought would never end.

Jen took action by purchasing The Time Management and Charting Tips Course and moved one step closer to her goal. Jen made the financial investment in herself- because she realized she is worth it!

Jen was motivated after purchasing The Time Management and Charting Tips Course. She knew she needed to hold herself accountable and making the financial invest helped her stay on track.

Jen knew her kids and spouse were more important to her than her role as a nurse practitioner. She knew her family, nurse practitioner career, life depended on making a change- and sticking with it! Jen was able to create a better work-life balance. She was able to overcome the nurse practitioner burnout. She no longer feels ready to leave healthcare. Jen got her life back!

Are you ready to get your life back?

If you are like Jen and feeling THIS overwhelmed, ready to leave healthcare, burned-out, and behind on charting, it is more than just using templates or smart phrases.

There is likely an underlying feeling that is holding you back:

  • Imposter syndrome
  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Lack of information

That is why The Burned-out NP created The Time Management and Charting Tips Course. To take a deep dive into the issues with charting and time management as nurse practitioners.

To show nurse practitioners it is possible to form new charting habits so you can STOP charting at home.

It is possible to no longer be ready to leave healthcare.

It is possible to get your life back!

Learn more at The Time Management and Charting Tips Course.

P.S. Worried about the financial investment?

1. The Time Management and Charting Tips Course offers continuing education hours approved through ANCC. So ask your employer to cover the cost.

2. Ask yourself if more time with your family instead of charting at home is worth the money.

3. Once you have become efficient with your charting you can then work on maximizing RVUs= hello more $$$.

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Erica D the NP is a family nurse practitioner and burnout coach. Erica created The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner to help overwhelmed APRNs create work-life balance, overcome nurse practitioner burnout, and advocate for themselves. The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner offers online courses, coaching, and support. Learn more at

For time management and charting tips, check out The Nurse Practitioner Charting School– The one stop for all documentation resources created specifically for nurse practitioners. Learn more at

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