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My One Year Anniversary as an NP

Published October 25, 2012 9:21 AM by Elizabeth Huston

It's ironic that I wrote my last post on October 15, 2012, the 1-year anniversary of my one and only job as an NP.

What a year! Or, rather, what a year and a half! The worst of times, yes (the end of a 30-year marriage in June 2011), but also the very best of times (Duke MSN/FNP in May 2011, certification in September 2011, dream job in October 2011), and everyday a new adventure of the heart and mind since!

As noted in a previous post, I've been remiss in submitting posts due to time constraints. With each new experience I'd think "This is a good topic for the blog," but had little time to think it, feel it, or write it. So many patient stories - still mainly uninsured, being seen on the MAP program ($5 paid by the patient, $67 by the grant), in for establishing care with jaw-dropping blood pressures and blood sugars. Everyday a new condition presents itself - reflex sympathetic dystrophy; fibromyalgia; pityriasis alba or rosea, and a host of other dermatologic conditions; ophthalmic herpes zoster; pancreatitis; cholecystitis; absence seizures; iliotibial band syndrome; asymptomatic enlargement of clavicle (more common than one would think). And despite not being the most dexterous of individuals, I now average 20 to 25 Paps a week, and am certified in IUD/Nexplanon insertions, with colposcopic exams to follow.

It has been a busy, fulfilling year professionally, and quite a fulfilling one personally as well. Clichés are often truisms, and as one door closed, another one indeed opened. I am as happy as I have ever been!

Now, the dreaded "there are so many people to thank!"

Thank you, Bev and Sam, for your inspiring companionship in the blogosphere. Last but not least, my deepest gratitude to the faithful readers of our blogs for your always encouraging, thoughtful and insightful comments. You were often the one bright spot in a long, hard day! I wish you all every success and happiness, and a lifetime of fair winds and following seas.


Thank you Elizabeth for sharing all of your experiences and good luck to you in alll of your endeavors!


beverly November 7, 2012 10:50 AM

congratulations on accomplishing so much over this past year!! i have only been working for one month and your list of diagnoses made my jaw drop! i hope to be even halfway as accomplished as you when my first year ends! take care of yourself!! :)

francine November 2, 2012 10:06 AM

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