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  • Job Interviews & Food Allergies

    Dear Career Coach:  I am a new grad NP with celiac disease and I am unable to eat at restaurants due to potential cross-contamination that inevitably leaves me ill for a week. What suggestions do you have to handle not being able to eat at a restaurant, without coming across like a ''major diva'' as you mentioned? Dear Reader:  The ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • Job Hunt Pointers

    If you are about to look for your first job or you are just thinking about making a change, I have a couple pointers for you: Job searching requires a plan. Before you send out your first resume or application, you should have an idea of what it is you really want in a job. Sit down and make a list of YOUR job requirements. If there is one ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 2, 2014
  • Patient Perceptions

    During my time as an emergency room nurse there was always a level of frustration in regards to what patients perceived as an emergency. I always said, ''One person's emergency is not another's.'' When our fast track area was open between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., this was less of an issue as you could funnel less acute patients through this specially ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on June 16, 2014
  • Trusting your gut

    As a new practitioner there is always that ''second guessing yourself complex'' that hovers over you like a black cloud. One benefit that I have had is that I have 6 years or ER nursing experience behind me. It allows me to have that gut feeling that tells you something is not quite right. This feeler system has definitely followed me into urgent ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on April 25, 2014
  • Let's Do Lunch

    Today I am going to discuss an interview type that can make many job seekers a little uncomfortable: the lunch or dinner invitation. You have applied for a job, and the practice has invited you to a restaurant. The invite might occur early in the process or it could be the last hurdle before the official offer. It might be fine dining or the ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on April 23, 2014
  • What's Up, Doc?

    In our urgent care there are four full time providers: three physician assistants and myself. Our medical director, a physician, comes in one half shift per week. As we enter a patient's room, we always introduce ourselves by our title. ''Hi, I'm Katrin and I am a nurse practitioner.'' There is never any bait or switch and patients are aware ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on January 17, 2014
  • Licenses, Contracts and Hospital Privileges: Oh My!

    While I await my boards I have been compiling all of the necessary papers that are needed for purposes of licensing. With this also comes making a list of all of the fees that come with this. Although I will be receiving CME funds at the beginning of the year, my initial applications will all come out of pocket for me. Ready for the ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on September 26, 2013
  • Uncooperative Collaborative

    Every day is an adventure at the correctional facility and at times it is not from the inmates. Oftentimes, it is from the person I like to call ''The Lovely Doctor.'' I do not know why I call him that, but maybe it is because it is the nicest name I can call him...yes! It is sarcasm at its finest. One of the perks that has been rescinded ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on December 6, 2012
  • Challenging Patients in the Correctional Facility

    Over the past month I have had some very challenging patients. I will often question, why and how did someone end up here at the correctional facility? I believe it is better I do not know. Actually, it is none of my business; it keeps the care unbiased and pure and it does not impact how I treat them. If one of the inmates upsets the ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on November 15, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – NPs & Nurse Veterans, New PA Organization, Primary Care

    Have you visited our blogs lately? Last week, new NPs and nurse veterans battled on the value of floor experience. Our NP & PA Student blogger Terry Clarke, currently enrolled in a fast track NP program, expressed his views on what experienced nurses have going for them and what they still have to learn. Here are a few of the comments your ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 22, 2012
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