When it Comes to Patient Care, Mother Knows Best

In my last post I worote about my latest experience in medicine. It wasn't as a nurse practitioner, but rather as a patient. And, it didn't go that well. As medical providers it's difficult to offer a positive patient experience under the pressure to bill, a packed schedule, the increasing amount of red tape in healthcare, and the disillusionment that can develop over the course of a career. Despite these pressures, it's time to get back to the basics when it comes to how we treat people. 

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Turning the Tables: When Provider Becomes Patient

I recently visited a medical clinic in a position different than that of my usual role- I went as a patient. I'll spare you the medical details. What I will tell you about is the seriously lacking state of clinical care I witnessed. I rarely see the world of medicine outside of the hospital where I work, but I have to say having the tables turned was an eye opening experience. 

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How to Ace Your Nurse Practitioner Program Interview

Applying to a nurse practitioner program involves a lot of paperwork. You must draft a personal statement, send in transcripts, and obtain letters of reference. Your educational and professional life is summed up by a stack of 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of paper (okay, okay, the application process is all online now, but you get the idea). This process can leave you feeling like you haven't had a chance to make a memorable impression. Enter the NP program admissions interview. 

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6 Things No One Tells You About Being a New Grad NP

Sigh. I'm turning 30 next month. I really don't feel like I'm ready to be quite that old! I can run 10 miles any given day of the week and I don't have too many forehead wrinkles (they're more like fine lines...). I've been to a dive bar with my grad student sister at least once in the past month, and I own a leather dress. Take that 30. But, as with any life transition there are changes, both welcome and feared, on the horizon for this new decade of my life. 

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Choosing an Otoscope: A How To Guide

When I was a nurse practitioner student, purchasing an otoscope came highly recommended. As an FNP student, years upon years of examining ears were in my future. An otoscope purchase was necessary, according to my clinical instructors at least. So, I hit the internet comparing costs and products with the intention of finding the best otoscope a broke nurse practitioner student could afford. 

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