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  • Picking Your Battles

    Ladies and gentleman, I need a vacation. As term two of my NP journey comes to an end, I realize that I have spent way too much time on work and school. While I'm happy with my 4.0, my brain has that fuzzy, fried feeling. The kiddo is showing signs of neglect (or at least his laundry is).  Hubby is claiming he doesn't remember what a meal ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 30, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ceviche and Salsa for This Russian!

    Privet (hello in Russian), my name is Olga. Yes, it is a typical Russian name, but my story does not unfold how most people expect it to. I was born in Moscow, Russia, but I spent most of my childhood years on the other side of the world - in the evergreen, banana-exporting country of Ecuador. I speak and write Russian but do not consider myself ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on April 11, 2012