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  • How to Incorporate Student Experience

    Dear Career Coach: I am an experienced PA and was reading your resume tips for NPs. However, I'm wondering about your guidance on listing clinical rotations. You mentioned listing clinical rotations is only a good idea if you are a new grad NP. Do you think the same applies for PAs who have completed rotations in surgery and other ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on February 5, 2014
  • Changing Your Outlook

    ''Thank you'' is one phrase that can change the outlook of your day. Last week while at work the office manager came up to my co practitioner and me. In her hands she held a letter from a patient, thanking the office for the great care that she received. The office manager eagerly asked us to see who saw her and I was surprised to find out that it ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on January 30, 2014
  • Until We Meet Again

    I sat in the airport terminal in November of 2012 and stared at my cell phone. I flicked the screen on and off as I waited out another wave of anxiety. I was about to place a call that would dictate the course of my life. At the time, I could barely comprehend the changes that would take place over the next year. It would be the year that ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on January 9, 2014
  • Who Will be My First?

    Throughout life we build our own individual skill sets. Often times we are our own guinea pig and learn from our own mistakes. Often times however, if we build skill sets based on our careers these trial and errors often affect others. During nursing school I remember being overwhelmed by the amount of new procedures that I was being ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on December 5, 2013
  • Licenses, Contracts and Hospital Privileges: Oh My!

    While I await my boards I have been compiling all of the necessary papers that are needed for purposes of licensing. With this also comes making a list of all of the fees that come with this. Although I will be receiving CME funds at the beginning of the year, my initial applications will all come out of pocket for me. Ready for the ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on September 26, 2013
  • Advice for New NPs

    Time, because of its duplicitous intangibility and quantifiable nature is, to me, a perennially elusive phenomenon. You can measure it but you can't hold it and yet it dictates the rhythms of life. While I reflect on these ephemeral characteristics, the advent of 2013 ushers forth the commencement of my second year as a Nurse Practitioner. I ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on December 13, 2012
  • Uncooperative Collaborative

    Every day is an adventure at the correctional facility and at times it is not from the inmates. Oftentimes, it is from the person I like to call ''The Lovely Doctor.'' I do not know why I call him that, but maybe it is because it is the nicest name I can call him...yes! It is sarcasm at its finest. One of the perks that has been rescinded ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on December 6, 2012
  • New Grad Work History

    Dear Career Coach: I will be graduating this May as a new nurse practitioner. I am concerned about the advice not to skip dates because it may cause my application to be rejected by HR computer systems. Before beginning my studies I had no direct health care experience and so I am unsure about how to make a resume that doesn't have a big gap ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 5, 2012
  • Challenging Patients in the Correctional Facility

    Over the past month I have had some very challenging patients. I will often question, why and how did someone end up here at the correctional facility? I believe it is better I do not know. Actually, it is none of my business; it keeps the care unbiased and pure and it does not impact how I treat them. If one of the inmates upsets the ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on November 15, 2012
  • My One Year Anniversary as an NP

    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 ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on October 25, 2012
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