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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
  • The Real Price of Medical Education

    The real tragedy of getting a medical education is not the understanding of your own mortality or quantification of personal risk factors. It's not even the fact that friends and colleagues want you to look at something awful that is growing out of their body (I was sure that was a myth). It is the loss of good television. An EMT friend of mine ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on March 4, 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
  • My Fears as an NP Student

    I have developed a few fears recently, regarding my hopeful future career as an NP. A few weeks ago, while at clinicals, I saw a patient with vague non-specific complaints that did not relate to any one ailment. I found the situation frustrating and asked my preceptor for guidance. It was then that it hit me: What in the world would I have ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on November 26, 2012
  • Painting a Clinical Picture

    There have been times in my nursing career when I have put the pieces of a clinical picture together only to see something entirely different than the treating physician. The picture I would see was not based only on the lab work, or clinical manifestations of an illness, but was guided by the narrative of the ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 29, 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
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