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  • A Time to Talk

    When a friend calls to me from the road And slows his horse to a meaning walk, I don't stand still and look around On all the hills I haven't hoed, And shout from where I am, What is it? No, not as there is a time to talk. I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground, Blade-end up and five feet tall, And plod: I go up to the stone wall For a friendly ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 10, 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
  • Every Patient Has a Name. Use It!

    Doctor: ''Nurse, the diabetic patient in room 8 is waiting for his insulin shot.'' Nurse: ''What diabetic patient? Bed 1 or 2?'' Doctor: ''Umm...the bed by the window. I'm blanking on the name right now. John? No, Tom. I think. To be honest, I'm not quite sure. Check the chart. He is the cellulitis patient who is been here for 2 ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on June 1, 2012
  • Self-Advocacy for Students

    Every student nurse knows that clinical rotations are a hit or miss experience. There are so many factors that cannot be controlled on a hospital floor - the patient assignment, the nurse you are shadowing. You can go a whole day with nothing much happening. Yet, there are still a smug few who always have some riveting story to tell at post ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on April 30, 2012
  • Treating Eczema Appropriately

    As the seasons change, we begin to see an influx of xerosis, dermatitis and eczema cases. Far too often these patients receive topical cortisone creams and kenalog shots visit after visit. Prolonged, excessive usage of steroids in the treatment of eczema can create a chronic dermatitis by producing vasodilation. These photos show a 26-year-old ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on November 17, 2011
  • Physician Shortage Isn't the Only One Looming

    Health system analysts and assorted other parties have been forecasting a primary care physician shortage for quite some time. An article published recently in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons predicts two additional shortfalls that could affect patient access to care: nurse practitioners and physician ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 28, 2011