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  • Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

    The deadline for this blog snuck up on me. The last two weeks of my personal life have been very, very busy, and Christmas is just around the corner. Since my last blog posting, I have found out that I was not accepted for the second fellowship position, either. This was very disappointing to me, as I felt the interview went well and I was a good ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on December 22, 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
  • Identity Crisis

    To my surprise, all of my licenses arrived the Friday before my projected start date of November 11. Here is an updated timeline of all of my paperwork endeavors: 09/24 Passed school's comprehensive exam and officially graduated 09/25 Passed boards 10/11 Submitted Ct license application and hospital credentialing packet ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on November 21, 2013
  • 24 Hours on Call

    I have mentioned in many blogs how much I love being a nurse practitioner. I have enjoyed the opportunities I have been afforded by associating with so many wonderful professionals and they have paved the way for me. THANK YOU! The opportunity I am referring to is my role as an independent contractor for a gerontology group. One year ago I ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on July 26, 2012
  • The Little Clinic That Could

    Life has really settled down a little over 5 months into my job at the Martin County Health Department and my little satellite clinic in Oak City. As mentioned in previous posts, the Oak City Clinic was renovated from a little firehouse by a $56,000 grant from the GoldenLeaf Foundation. There was little money for necessary accoutrements so ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on June 14, 2012
  • Success as a New NP

    Here I sit in my newly decorated office, a bit after 4PM, pondering my good fortune!  It has been a little over a month since I've gone ''solo'' and things couldn't be better. It feels as if I've been here forever, with everyone here feeling like old friends. The ease with which I settled into my new position is still a little ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on April 12, 2012
  • Facebook Feedback: Private Practice

    If you're not following us on Facebook, ''like'' us and start sharing in the conversations! If you are, keep following and spread the word! This week, we posted the article ''Organizing and Investing to Expand Primary Care Availability with Nurse Practitioners'' by Peter J. Levin and Rick Bateman from Journal of Community Health to our ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on March 22, 2012
  • The Heart Home

    I am seeking the help of my online community. Several blogs ago I had mentioned the desire to start my own business, but was unsure what I actually wanted to do, so I purchased the book, ''How to Start an Independent Practice'' by Carolyn R. Zaumeyer. This book was filled with a step by step approach to all the tools one will need to start a ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on March 8, 2012
  • After Certification

    For those of you who are waiting to take the boards and plan to practice in North Carolina, my home state, there is still a fairly long and winding road ahead of you to NP officialdom. There's not much room for preplanning since everything must happen in sequence and it takes a good month between passing the board and receiving the DEA ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on March 2, 2012
  • My First NP Job Interview

    Due to a few personal issues, I got started a bit late on studying for the boards. In the meantime, four of my classmates have passed — one will be headed to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska; another will start her job in South Carolina; a particularly adventurous one has accepted an offer from a MinuteClinic (!). The fourth classmate is having a ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on October 27, 2011