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  • 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
  • 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