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
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!
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
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
Patient, female in her late 60's: (face is surprised when I walk in) Me: Hello! I am one of the nurse practitioners here. You are here for the pacemaker follow up correct? Patient: Yes, is the doctor seeing me too? I was really hoping to see (mentions handsome, forty something year old doctor who implanted… Continue reading The Seductress
Me: So it has been 2 weeks since we made the medication changes. How do you feel? Patient: I feel better, but still getting chest pain. I am hoping it is acid reflux. Do you guys still want me to be on medical leave? Me: I am afraid that we cannot send you back to… Continue reading Security!
Patient: I hope you don't mind. We brought our yorkie(yorkie sitting in a dog carriage). He is really like a baby to us. Me: Well he is cute. However, we had some complaints in the waiting room. Your "baby" was accused of nipping at a medical assistant and barking at passerbys. Patient's husband: I know,… Continue reading The dog knows….
Me: (walks into exam room) Good morning Patient: (embarrassed) Oh!!! Um oh no! Me: Are you ok? What's wrong? Patient: I did not expect you to come in so soon. I just farted really bad. Could you... Me: (walking out room) Say no more. Smell it, for your health? A few years ago (2013-2014ish) several… Continue reading Run! Save yourself!