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  • 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
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    We have carved deep into the second half of my first year as a professional physician assistant. This is the perfect time for a Quarterly Check-Up to examine some of the biggest lessons over the last three months We learned that our patient's beliefs can trump the strongest medicine and that our acceptance of those beliefs makes us better ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • The Lessons Never Taught

    I remember all of my great preceptors: The ones who reaffirmed my choice of career or mentored my special projects or were less of a taskmaster and more of a friend. As a student, I pictured myself in their position, guiding some wide-eyed student through the treacherous surf of clinical rotations. I imagined that sage, professorial Harrison ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on September 19, 2013
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – NP Residencies, Practice Barriers, Salary, Election

    ADVANCE for NPs & PAs staff is bracing for Hurricane Sandy near Philadelphia, Pa. today, and we wish the best to all those along the East coast who are suffering from the storm's damage. Across the country, NPs and PAs are still heating up our communities with the latest in healthcare. On our article ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 29, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – NPs & Nurse Veterans, New PA Organization, Primary Care

    Have you visited our blogs lately? Last week, new NPs and nurse veterans battled on the value of floor experience. Our NP & PA Student blogger Terry Clarke, currently enrolled in a fast track NP program, expressed his views on what experienced nurses have going for them and what they still have to learn. Here are a few of the comments your ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 22, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – Orthopedics, Patient-Written Practice Reviews, Job Opportunities

    Last week, readers commented on two of our recent orthopedic articles. In response to ''After Your Patient's Knee Replacement,'' reader Thomas said, ''Nice article Jennifer - I had my TKR in 2010 and you described my overall experience quite well. Patients do really tend to forget that they lost their joint mobility slowly over a sustained time ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 17, 2012
  • Where the Need Is Greatest

    So now that the basic tenets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are moving forward, who is going to provide all that primary care? A lot of people are counting on you to do it. But recent studies and surveys show that NPs and PAs are shifting to specialties and subspecialties at a fast clip. In response, thought leaders and family ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 6, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – July 2, 2012

    Last week, we followed the landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which allowed one of the most debated pieces of recent legislature to stand. It is expected that the new ruling will allow an additional 17 million people to qualify for Medicaid. On Facebook, we asked our NP and PA followers to share their opinions of the passed ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 2, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – June 11, 2012

    The first full week of June has been an exciting one for NPs and PAs! Across our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages, readers weighed in on the top issues. On Facebook this week, we discussed the recent DNP Answers blog post ''Time Management for a DNP Degree.'' Blogger Lisa Chism, NP, explained the difficulties of balancing DNP ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 11, 2012
  • Making a Case for the Dermatology NP Portfolio

    This blog is brought to you by ADVANCE and DNA. Editor's note: This blog post was written by Maggie Macy, NP, who practices in the occupational health and dermatology departments at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford, Mass. I am new at something for the first time in many years. I am a nurse ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on June 7, 2012
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