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  • The Delicate Balancing Act

    Currently, as I try to write this blog post, I have a Chihuahua under my feet and a 7-year-old leaning against my arm. One term into my journey to become a nurse practitioner and I’ve already had moments thinking, What did I get myself into? and, What was I thinking? Balance is not easy. Coffee has become my best friend. But a balance for ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 8, 2014
  • Why Didn't You Just Become a Doctor?

    After becoming a nurse practitioner and then deciding to obtain my doctor of nursing practice, I have been asked this question many times by patients, friends, family members, and even strangers. My short answer, which truly sums it up, is, ''because I like the nursing aspect.'' But what is the ‘nursing aspect'?  In 1860, Florence ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 1, 2014
  • Meet Linda Pierce, NP-S!

    Hello to everyone, and I hope you enjoy this ride along with me as I continue into my second year of classes. Monday, July 8th marked the beginning of the second year of nurse practitioner classes for me at Frontier Nursing. Each term I completed has been faced with a lot of anticipation; however, this one is slightly different. Last term, ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 22, 2013
  • My First Job as an Accelerated NP Student

    It is tough for new nurses in accelerated nurse practitioner courses to find a first job. A lot of the places willing to hire new grads want them full time, which is impossible with the work load our training requires. There are some employers that require new nurses to sign a binding agreement to complete a certain amount of hours or pay a ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on February 4, 2013
  • Becoming an NP Online

    Last month during the lull of winter break, I had a sudden fear that I would not be able to find a job after graduation. I guess it was because of the lull, no case studies to do, clinical hours completed for the semester, and final grade deemed passing, that I had the time to contemplate a life after school. This month, as my classes resume ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on January 21, 2013
  • A Grim Outlook on Nursing

    I am currently in a  class called ''Societal Forces'' as a precursor to my first semester of advanced assessment in the Adult/Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track. The teachers are passionate and well informed. The speakers are excellent, but the subject matter...The subject matter is frankly depressing. The class theme seems to ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on December 10, 2012
  • Students vs. The Nurse Veteran

    In an accelerated NP program, newly-minted nurses often find themselves in graduate-level classes with people who have been in the profession for most of their lives. I just passed the NCLEX two weeks ago -- hang on -- I can't hold it in. Hire me! I'm great! Anyone in the central Mass. area looking for a new grad Murse with a background in ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 15, 2012
  • Onward and Upward

    Terry Clarke, student nurse here. I am in an accelerated nurse practitioner program at UMASS Worcester. We just finished our year-long RN BSN equivalency. I've been feeling like a hand-stamped 18-year-old at a bar, able to join the conversations but not order a beer. As my NCLEX draws nigh, I finally feel competent to write about this experience. ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 20, 2012
  • What's In a Name

    It still amazes me how much of the public doesn't know what a NP is, does, or what it takes to become one. And what I find even more amazing is the difficulty I have at times trying to describe what it is I am in school to become. Not too long ago, as I was dropping my daughter off at daycare, one of the staff members who knew I was attending ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 6, 2012
  • Confronting Death in Advance

    The other day, I came across an article about Val Patterson, a man who was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. What made his story memorable was that before passing away on July 10, 2012, he wrote his own obituary. It was printed in his local newspaper and then throughout the world. Thousands of people have read it; hundreds have left comments ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 30, 2012
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