I am an NP now, So what do I wear? I have had people tell me often that I have beautiful clothes. Many people have approached me asking where I get my clothes. This is always surprising to hear this since 1. I am in no way, shape or form a fashionista and 2. I… Continue reading Life Outside of Scrubs: The Essential Nurse Practitioner Style
Coming to retrieve what is left of a reputation! The Social Media Character Assassination The first time I saw it, I foolishly underestimated its power. A negative post about a provider on a social media page. Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence. All the cool kids call it getting "dragged", being publicly humiliated on a… Continue reading Nurse Practitioner Real Fears: Reputation Ruined
The Old "Book by its Cover" Saying A few months ago, while taking a much needed brain break at work, I found myself scrolling through my social media account. I zipped past the latest celebrity gossip articles and posts about cold water causing heart attacks (gotta love pseudoscience). Then, something caught my eye, someone had… Continue reading Empathy: The way to Practice without Prejudice
Me: (speaking to patient) So have you begun going to the adult day center? Patient: (pouting) Yes, they send me to the "babysitters" Patient's daughter: (frustrated) No (Patient and daughter now arguing loudly in foreign language) Patient's daughter: (talking to me) She went three days and will not go back. Well I think they don't… Continue reading I Just Gotta Be Free!
Florence Nightingale wants to know! It seems like every single nurse I know is in nurse practitioner school (extra drama statement). Every...Single...One. In fact, just this week, 4 RNs have approached me to tell the exciting news that they have begun the road towards being an NP. I now know exactly what to say to… Continue reading Why do you want to be an NP?
Respect...Aretha Franklin sang about it, Rodney Dangerfield could never get it and Birdman demanded to put some on his name (Respek in his case). Nurse Practitioners as a profession seem always be reaching for it. If you spend any amount of time scrolling through social media posts, specifically groups that cater to Medical students, RNs,… Continue reading Nurse Practitioners, Respect
Did you have to search for your clinical sites while in NP school? Man, I would have done (almost) anything to lock down a clinical site. For example, I (very briefly) contemplated offering anyone who agreed to precept me for rotation a "gently used" 32 inch flat screen TV. It had been given to me… Continue reading Sights on NP Clinical Sites
The day is going better than usual. Your coffee was perfect this morning, it's pay day and you are up to date on your charting (farfetched but stick with me please). You do not want to say it aloud but if the day continues like this you may get OUT ON TIME (insert victory dance)!… Continue reading The Patients we call “Workflow Killers”
Welcome to the World lil one! Now start on those 99224s! Many of my RN friends have asked me what it is like to transition to a nurse practitioner. Sometimes they don't ask me at all, but I tell them anyway. The best analogy I could come up with was being born. Granted, I do… Continue reading The Birth of a Nurse Practitioner
Me: So tell me what happened. 80 year old Patient: I passed out last week! I do not know what happened. My sister suggested I see my cardiologist. I am so scared, I think my heart stopped. Me: Oh no! We need to get to the bottom of this. Patient's 85 year old husband:… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne