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  • It's Not Always About the Medicine

    From August 3-8, I went away to Boy Scout Camp to work as the nurse for the week. This is the first year we have been involved in the organization with my six year old son and the first year that we decided to send him away to resident camp. The mom in me decided that there was no better way to be watchful than to be on the same property as him, ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • Job Interviews & Food Allergies

    Dear Career Coach:  I am a new grad NP with celiac disease and I am unable to eat at restaurants due to potential cross-contamination that inevitably leaves me ill for a week. What suggestions do you have to handle not being able to eat at a restaurant, without coming across like a ''major diva'' as you mentioned? Dear Reader:  The ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • Diversity Impact 2014

    I recently had the opportunity to return to Hyden, Kentucky for their Diversity Impact weekend. This is the second time I have had the privilege to attend and was even more excited to be there as an alumni of Frontier Nursing University. When I first thought of diversity, my mind automatically jumped to the word minority. I soon found out that ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on June 30, 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
  • The Differences in the Dying

    In our acute care setting, we deal with death and dying on a daily basis. It truly amazes me, the differences in between patients' reactions when facing a ''death sentence.'' I'm sure this can be noted in all walks of the healthcare system, as well, but it's by far been most noticeable to me in the hospital. Take Mr. G, for example. He's ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on April 1, 2013
  • 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
  • Answering Patients' Questions

    Lately it seems a rash (no pun intended) of patients have asked me how it was that they contracted their Staph infections. Some had MRSA, others MSSA. Some suffered from bacteremia, others osteomyelitis, and others still were challenged by skin/soft tissue infections in the form of painful and unsightly abscesses. Some had recently undergone ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on September 20, 2012
  • Benefits of the Affordable Care Act

    ''America has spoken'' says Nick Cannon from America's Got Talent and the winner is: The American People! This is the feeling of many when the Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is constitutional. Are the American people really winners? Absolutely! As the healthcare reform unfolds, nurse ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on September 13, 2012
  • The Weight of the Nation

    I don't know how many of my fellow NPs and PAs have seen and or heard about HBO's four-part documentary on obesity in America, The Weight of the Nation, but I can't recommend it enough: it is an awesome and totally relevant examination of health in the States. So many of the individuals profiled in this series were reminiscent of ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on August 30, 2012
  • On My Own, In More Ways Than One

    Seven months out of school and four months into my job, life simply could not be better! The resiliency of the human spirit is amazing, and I never could have guessed that I can feel this level of happiness and contentment after...now I can finally confess it...being dumped last June, in the midst of residency, by my husband of 30 years for ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on May 3, 2012
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