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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Fall has officially begun. Usually I am excited because I love fall, but this year, as I enter into my fifth week of class, I wonder where summer went. These first few weeks are usually clumsy as I learn my way around the course and assignments. I know that as I settle into a routine, it will get better.
Again I was lucky to find ...
It was a sunny, warm afternoon. A great day to spend outdoors with the family. But Dad had not come home ... again. Then, the phone rang. Maybe it was him? But the voice was not his. ''I'm afraid that he has died,'' the voice whispered across the phone. They found him in a ditch, motionless, dirty ... and gone. ''I am sorry. He died from alcohol ...
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
Not too long ago, as I was dropping my daughter off at daycare, one of
the staff members who knew I was attending ...
After Mother Teresa's death, it was revealed that in private correspondence she wrote of not feeling the presence of God - of lack of faith and spiritual anguish. Helen Keller, who spent her life fighting for suffrage and the rights of the disabled, was a radical socialist. Florence Nightingale was a long-term user of opiates. These facts are a ...