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  • Privacy and Confidentiality

    I don't know about you, but there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have some sort of umm....interesting experience at work. I understand how awfully tempting it is to jump on Facebook or Twitter and share the events of my day with all 100+ or so of my closest ''friends''. It's so very rewarding to watch a post collect ''likes'' and ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 16, 2013
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    We have carved deep into the second half of my first year as a professional physician assistant. This is the perfect time for a Quarterly Check-Up to examine some of the biggest lessons over the last three months We learned that our patient's beliefs can trump the strongest medicine and that our acceptance of those beliefs makes us better ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Help Your Dermatologist Help You

    More dermatological procedures, such as biopsies and excisions, are being done in primary care settings than ever before. With this in mind I want to give everyone some food for thought as to how they can more accurately read the pathology. As clinicians seeing patients, we have the advantage of talking to a patient, seeing their rashes and ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on May 3, 2013
  • Physicians and Us

    I'm not a doctor basher. In fact I'm actually quite the contrary. Over the course of my career I have worked with some great docs. They have been encouraging, helpful and generally treated me as a peer. During my education I had physician preceptors and early in my career I had physician mentors. In my practice I have consulted with ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on May 1, 2013
  • Called in for Questioning

    So I go from working part-time as a nurse to not really working and just doing clinicals. My preceptors were pretty good about working with us regarding schedules, which was amazing because I have 2 kids and a crazy husband. This was more beneficial than I EVER realized! Now? I realize... Let's see... In my first three weeks, I've gotten ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on February 28, 2013
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking - The Silver Lining of Nursing

    Last week, NP & PA Student blogger Terry Clarke shared his concerns over the status of nursing. ''I am currently in a class called ‘Societal Forces' as a precursor to my first semester of advanced assessment in the Adult/Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track. The teachers are passionate and well informed. The speakers are excellent, but ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on December 17, 2012
  • The DNP in the ED

    Q: Please describe the DNP role in your NP specialty. A: I will step up on my DNP soapbox once again to say that completing your DNP serves to open up a new way of thinking, a way to approach your practice. It is not an avenue for developing a new position or making more money. The DNP provides you with the tools and resources to ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on November 9, 2012
  • When More Is Less

    When it comes to resumes, more is less -- less effectiveness that is. I have noticed that when it comes to creating a resume, most people just can't seem to say enough about themselves. They continue to add more and more content. The vast majority of resumes that I review are far too long and much too wordy. I'm not entirely sure why this ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on February 15, 2012
  • An Unorthodox Approach to Getting an Interview

    Are you applying for out-of-state jobs and finding it difficult to get an interview or even a call back? It's no secret that jobs are still competitive. Tight market conditions have led to more and more clinicians broadening their searches to include a larger and wider geographical area. More NPs and PAs are finding it necessary to consider ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on February 1, 2012
  • 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
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