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 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”
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
New consult in emergency room this morning. Middle aged male. Me: So why did you decide to switch cardiologists? Patient: A friend told me about the practice. Me: But you are in the process of getting on the heart transplant list....changing doctors will definitely slow the process. This is a matter of life or death.… Continue reading Try to look past the bigotry….
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
Patient: Middle aged patient in excellent health. No medical history. Presented to ER 3 days before Hurricane Irma was expected our area with complaint of chest pain. Me: When did the symptoms start? What were you doing? Patient: About 4 hours ago. I was calling around for someone to put up my storm shutters. I… Continue reading Hurricane Preparedness
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!
Me: You are here for your 6 month follow up. How have you been feeling? Patient: I've been better. I just found out I have an aneurysm last week. Me: Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. Where is the aneurysm and the size? What diagnostic center did you get scanned? We will… Continue reading Dr. Google gets all the consults!!!
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: So I will send over your prescriptions now. Do you have any other questions? Patient: So you are like a training MD? What do I call you? Blair: Blair, No I am a nurse practitioner. It is a RN that has an advanced degree to perform procedures, diagnosis, treat, set a plan of care… Continue reading You are a What?