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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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
''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 ...
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
Take Mr. G, for example. He's ...
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 ...
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 ...
''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 ...
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 ...
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 ...