How to Measure PNP Productivity

How Do You Measure PNP Productivity?

As the roles and avenues for employment available to PNPs expand, and money for health care expenditures is at a premium, PNPs must be able to demonstrate their professional contributions and productivity. The work of a PNP is diverse and encompasses patient care, education, research and administration and documenting outcomes.  Productivity can be challenging.  Using recognized metrics to quantify one’s professional practice effectiveness is essential.

Within the role of patient care provider the metrics are easy to identify. The number of patients seen, diagnosis codes, patient satisfaction or number of procedures translates pediatric nurse practitioner productivity into the type of measurements used for physician productivity.  PNPs can continue to seek their own education as well as educate others. Metrics to evaluate the PNP’s education role can include tracking time spent obtaining continuing education hours annually, hours spent precepting or lecturing or time dedicated to teaching families. For new grads, a designated transition to practice program should include time in the first year with preceptors, in didactics, time designated for self-study, and shadowing and training (Rhoads, Ferguson, & Langford, 2006).

The role of the PNP as a researcher can be accounted for by receiving hours for reviewing journals, for implementation of evidence-based research, conducting journal clubs or participating in research and publishing. Additional metrics may be through certifications and licensure maintenance, quantifying billing paperwork productivity, mentoring activities or engagement in professional organizations (Rhoads, Ferguson, & Langford, 2006).

By using a tool that is completed over time, PNPs can then accurately measure their professional contributions and productivity.  With time, these tools become a powerful database and resource for conducting negotiations with employers, insurance and managed care companies as well as advancing PNPs professionally.  As the role of a PNP in the delivery of health care continues to evolve, it must be documented to accurately and completely measure all the contributions to the health and welfare of the population served.



Rhoads, J., Ferguson, L. A., & Langford, C. A. (2006). Measuring nurse practitioner productivity. Dermatology Nursing, 18(1), 32-4, 37-8.