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  • 2014: New Year, New Graduates, New Advice

    For years I have counseled new graduates to hold off on applying for jobs not only until they had graduated, but ideally until they had a date scheduled to take their boards. I based my advice on feedback from employers.  In many states, passing the boards would legally permit new grad NPs to practice, however they could not be ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on January 2, 2014
  • Getting Into the Groove

    The last month has been a whirlwind. Each and every shift has provided me the opportunity to put my didactic lessons into play. Delegating has made my life easier and knowing what everyone in the office can and cannot do is immensely helpful. The patient population has been good. Most patients are receptive and willing to listen to what you ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on December 19, 2013
  • Finding Inspiration in the Holidays

    As the holiday season approaches it has become clear to me that ''Yes, Linda, there is a Santa Claus.'' Registering for the winter semester it was mentioned by my advisor that in May my clinical time begins. This day has seemed to be off in a distance for so long. Honestly speaking, at one point it was looking to be out of my reach and ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on December 10, 2013
  • How to Survive the Holidays as a PA Student

    One of the first things to know here is that it is all about priorities. And we know schoolwork comes first.  So here is a step-by-step guide to getting through the last couple weeks of classes, final exams, Thanksgiving and the pre-holiday season. Step 1: Sign up early for those holiday pot-luck parties. Always volunteer to bring ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on November 25, 2013
  • Giving Thanks in Trying Times

    As the holidays fast approach and the year is quickly coming to a close, it seems natural to look back at times. Although looking back at times can help you see how far you came over the past year, it can distract you at times from where you are headed. Often we become overwhelmed at what we have not gotten completed. As 2013 comes to an ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on November 11, 2013
  • S.O.S: Need Patience as a Virtue!

    The last few weeks have been a harsh lesson in patience and letting go. I am the type of person who likes to be in charge of my own fate and like to have clear deadlines and goals. While applying for the various licenses and staff privileges that are necessary in order for me to start work, I have also needed a lesson in how to trust the ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on November 7, 2013
  • The Lull Between RN and NP

    All required packets have been submitted to their respective entities. My immune system has been prepped with a TDAP booster, influenza vaccine and PPD administration. Drug screen was completed and now I have to do what I do not do best: wait. To keep my mind busy I have been cranking out the hours in the ER as an RN and have also been ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on October 25, 2013
  • Approaching a Pediatrics Focus

    A new semester so soon. October 5 marked the beginning of the fall semester. The classes to be covered are care of children and care of the childbearing woman. Pediatrics shouldn't be such a challenge, as this is what I do each day. Several of my fellow classmates have already crossed the finish line which serves to show that the end is ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 15, 2013
  • Pass or Fail?

    Greetings from the happiest place on earth: Disney World. When I planned this trip months ago it was meant to be a celebration trip and thank you to my family for sticking through the last 2 years of NP school. In my mind I would have passed my school's comprehensive exam and the national boards. Just a few weeks ago I panicked, again ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on October 10, 2013
  • Like It or Not, Life Happens

    As the end of this semester was clearly in sight, I was feeling really good about the grades I had and the pace of approaching the finish line. Then out of left field, life entered my school life.  Often, as students, we get so involved in deadlines for assignments, studying for tests and getting things organized into our schedules ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 18, 2013
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