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  • The Real Price of Medical Education

    The real tragedy of getting a medical education is not the understanding of your own mortality or quantification of personal risk factors. It's not even the fact that friends and colleagues want you to look at something awful that is growing out of their body (I was sure that was a myth). It is the loss of good television. An EMT friend of mine ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on March 4, 2013
  • Renewing Your Routine

    Fall has officially begun. Usually I am excited because I love fall, but this year, as I enter into my fifth week of class, I wonder where summer went. These first few weeks are usually clumsy as I learn my way around the course and assignments. I know that as I settle into a routine, it will get better. Again I was lucky to find ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 1, 2012
  • 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
  • Don't Overlook Social Drinking

    It was a sunny, warm afternoon. A great day to spend outdoors with the family. But Dad had not come home ... again. Then, the phone rang. Maybe it was him? But the voice was not his. ''I'm afraid that he has died,'' the voice whispered across the phone. They found him in a ditch, motionless, dirty ... and gone. ''I am sorry. He died from alcohol ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 27, 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
  • Confronting Death in Advance

    The other day, I came across an article about Val Patterson, a man who was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. What made his story memorable was that before passing away on July 10, 2012, he wrote his own obituary. It was printed in his local newspaper and then throughout the world. Thousands of people have read it; hundreds have left comments ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 30, 2012
  • To Be Human Is Enough

    After Mother Teresa's death, it was revealed that in private correspondence she wrote of not feeling the presence of God - of lack of faith and spiritual anguish. Helen Keller, who spent her life fighting for suffrage and the rights of the disabled, was a radical socialist. Florence Nightingale was a long-term user of opiates. These facts are a ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student 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
  • 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
  • Losing My Test-Taking Mojo

    Last semester was rough. For the first time in my life, I feared not passing a class. I believed I was sure to be devastated.  I did not do well on one test, which seemed to shake my test-taking confidence to the core for the entire rest of the semester. So it seems I have lost my test taking mojo. I tried to find it all semester, and there ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on June 11, 2012
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