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  • This Nurses Week, Examine Your Message

    For as long as I can remember, nursing has been one of the most trusted professions. We should be very proud of that status -- it's not easy to gain the trust of the public, much less mange to hold on to that trust year after year. We have never campaigned or actively sought out this designation, instead we earned it by simply doing our jobs day ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on May 7, 2014
  • A Sample Dermatology Protocol

      Many nurse practitioners have asked me about dermatology protocols. They are no different from other protocols and should be an outline of your practice agreement with your supervising or collaborating physician. These protocols should remain broad and general, but list important and specific aspects of your practice like prescribing ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • The Providers of ‘No'

    Ready for my rant? Over the past year or two, I've noticed an increase in physician groups engaging in negative campaigning directed toward NPs. Could it have always been present but I just hadn't noticed? Or is the negativity a reaction to the numerous bills that have been introduced in several states to remove barriers and allow fully ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on March 6, 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
  • The Secret Ingredient

    People always want to know the secret ingredient. And, frankly, I can't blame them. In a lot of ways the physician assistant profession seems too good to be true. We study medicine for two to three years after obtaining a bachelor's degree. We practice medicine without post-graduate training or residency. We can switch specialties without ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on August 8, 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
  • Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

    Traditionally, wrinkles on the cheeks adjacent to the corner of the lips have been a challenge in cosmetic rejuvenation. Loss of volume, sun exposure and the aging process break down collagen and reduce elasticity, contributing to this rippled wrinkle appearance. In an attempt to reduce or eliminate these wrinkles, some patients have undergone ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on July 10, 2012
  • Great (or Not So Great) Expectations

    I often wonder if all providers really find it important to let patients know what to expect. I always ask at the time of consultation, and certainly before I begin a procedure, whether the patient has any questions. Yes, to remove a mole or skin tag you will feel discomfort (it is attached, right?). No, injections are not pain-free but we do take ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 29, 2012
  • The Power of Mineral Makeup

    Patients often ask me what makeup I recommend. That's not the easiest question to answer. The most important thing is that you find a makeup that works well for your skin. As we all know, this often involves experimentation. You win some, you lose some. There is no perfect makeup for everyone. But nothing is better than finding makeup that works ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 19, 2012
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