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Keeping It Interesting

Published July 14, 2014 9:35 AM by Katrin Moskowitz

The last few months have been a balancing act, but one that I am enjoying. In the last two months I have been back in my Emergency Room working as a provider. I have been very fortunate that the staff that I previously worked with as a nurse have accepted me in my new role and continue to work with me in an efficient and professional manner. I was approached by a hospitalist and asked how I was being accepted and was happy to tell her what a wonderful transition it has been. It felt great when she said, "Well you worked so well with them before, I did not expect anything else."

With my new role has come the ability to provide input on departmental issues from two different perspectives and advocating for patients in a whole new way. The ER providers have been wonderful to consult with and they have helped me to grow each shift. No day is the same and my mind is challenged vastly. I have been able to order new modes of testing and I enjoy getting results within an hour (versus twenty four hours in urgent care).

I continue to work through my DNP program. It has not been easy, because, as they say, doctoral studies are a whole different beast. There is so much more in the way of scholarly writing and in-depth reading that I find sometimes hard to find motivation to complete, especially now that the weather is so beautiful. Those are excuses, however, and I just need to sit down and do it! I just think of the end goal: heading to Kentucky as Katrin Moskowitz and returning as Dr. Moskowitz.

My family continues to be very supportive, and without their tolerance for my perpetual need for learning, I would not be where I am today. They do not believe me when I say I am done after my DNP is complete, but I promise that my career as a student will be! In the meantime I just need to organize my calendars, distribute my time and continue forward one day at a time!


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