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  • Mistaken Identity

    As I entered the patient's room, I introduced myself and asked if her name was ''Sarah.'' She said ''yes,'' nodding in my direction with a welcoming smile. Prior to entering the patient's room, I had diligently reviewed the chart. She was 93 and had been hospitalized after slipping and falling in her home, where she lived alone. Her husband had ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 24, 2012
  • Onward and Upward

    Terry Clarke, student nurse here. I am in an accelerated nurse practitioner program at UMASS Worcester. We just finished our year-long RN BSN equivalency. I've been feeling like a hand-stamped 18-year-old at a bar, able to join the conversations but not order a beer. As my NCLEX draws nigh, I finally feel competent to write about this experience. ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 20, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – July 23, 2012

    Last week, New Grad NP blogger Samantha Damren posted the struggle she encounters working with multiple physicians: memorizing the preferences and practices of each. On Facebook, reader Amber said, ''20 in my emergency physician group ... can get frustrating!'' On our blog, more readers weighed in. Here are some of their ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 23, 2012
  • An NP Student Reflects on Healthcare Reform

    I know, I know. You're all probably thinking that if you see another blog about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you are going to need an emesis basin. Since the healthcare reform package was upheld by the Supreme Court, healthcare is back in the news and on the minds, lips and keyboards of just about everyone. I will attempt to ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 9, 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
  • So Easy to Lose, So Hard to Get Back

    ''I should give her some vodka. That would make her feel much better. Ha ha!'' You would think that a statement like this would be made at a bar or a party. Unfortunately, it was made by the emergency room doctor, as he chuckled with the nursing staff about my grandmother's pain. Maybe I'm lacking a sense of humor here, but I did not find the ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 2, 2012
  • Old and Alone? That depends.

    In discussion with a colleague, we came to an impasse. Both of our viewpoints were opinion based; neither of us was willing to sway. She ended our exchange by saying, ''This is why you are going to die old and alone.'' I know this to be a joke of affection, but also a reference to one of the things we, as a culture, fear most. What brings this ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on June 25, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – June 18, 2012

    On Facebook this week, we shared some photos from the AAPA IMPACT 2012 conference in Toronto. Our fans loved to ''meet'' NP &PA Student Blog blogger Caroline Pilgrim, a first-time AAPA conference attendee. Caroline wrote about her experience at the conference and shared some of her own great photos in her blog post this week. Did you ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 18, 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
  • Why Is It So Hard to Find a Preceptor?

    Finding a preceptor was one of the most difficult things I have had to do thus far on my journey to becoming a family nurse practitioner. I believe what made this so difficult is dealing with the rejection - and sometimes rudeness - that I encountered. I also felt helpless, since this is the only part of my education that is out of my control. I ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on May 14, 2012