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  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

    My experiences with patients have been very positive since I have come into practice. Most are able to communicate their complaints effectively and some may even tell you exactly what antibiotic they want, or what they believe their diagnosis to be. On occasion they may ask for things that are clinically inappropriate and at times may make my ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on September 8, 2014
  • Those little things

    There are days in practice that the hours go by without you realizing it. Patients are in and out quickly, you work hard to complete your charting and tasks become second nature. Then, certain patients come in and make you smile with the things that they say, the mannerisms they exhibit or the way they look at you. Children are the most honest, ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • NP's Orders

    There are not many things that frustrate me in my clinical practice. Most patients are open, receptive and leave shaking their heads in agreement to your plan of care. What happens once they leave your office is often unknown. You hope that they venture directly to the pharmacy, take their medications as prescribed and their health improves. ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on July 28, 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
  • 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
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – April 23, 2012

    If you're not chatting with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, ''like'', ''follow'' and ''connect'' with us and start sharing in the conversations! If you are, keep following and spread the word! This week, our social media sites exploded with great comments from our readers. Here are some of the highlights, copied verbatim and without ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on April 23, 2012
  • How Do You Know When a Salary Offer Is Good?

    Dear Career Coach: I am a new graduate and will be starting my job search soon. I am wondering how to know what salary I can expect? How can I evaluate whether or not the offer is fair? I don't want to be taken advantage of because I am new. I don't feel comfortable asking colleagues or preceptors about their pay rate. Dear Job Seeker: I am ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on March 8, 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
  • Employers Take Note

    By Renee Dahring, MSN, NP If you read my blog regularly, you know that I often write about the importance of a clear, concise resume that contains all the critical elements employers want to see. That is your responsibility as a job seeker. If employers don't find the information they need in your resume, they won't call you. This week I will ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 20, 2011