To the techies in the crowd, the term radio silent may signify a "status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area are asked to stop transmitting for safety or security reasons". To single guys and gals, the term may describe the status of your relationship with the person with whom you were last Tindering. If you're a nurse practitioner, it's entirely possible that the term 'radio silent' best describes your job search (or maybe your job search and your last dating relationship?). Why aren't employers calling you back?
After graduating from my NP program, I sat down to craft the perfect resume only to be met with the sinking feeling I had nothing to put on it. I became a nurse practitioner early in life through an accelerated program and had zero healthcare experience. Ice cream scooping expertise. Check. Research lab assistant know-how (i.e. caring for various lab animals and cooking up vats of drosophila food). Check. Working with actual human patients? I had nothing to offer.
These days, I think I may even take patients by surprise with my abilities in the emergency department. I look younger than my thirty (ugh) years, or so I am told. So, when I enter a patient's room to suture a laceration or drain an abscess, I get that "Wait! you're the one who's going to be doing this?!" look. Then, when the patient sees the results of a perfectly placed set of sutures it becomes apparent I've done the same job everyday for five plus years. It wasn't always this way.
Does anyone else love, love, love, Independence Day? While I have a few close runner-ups, July 4th is my favorite holiday. I can't wait to wear my "Too Cool for British Rule" tee and grill burgers by the pool all weekend long. Yes, this just might be the best weekend I've had all year. While excitement about the holiday is creeping in, it seems summer also brings a kind of career doldrums. The heat saps any extra energy we might have to put towards professional growth. Competing obligations too often win out.