How do you react when you don't know the answer to a patient's question? Does your face flush? Do you reply with an answer that doesn't directly address the question asked? Do you abruptly end the conversation? Experts say that the words "I don't know" might be some of the hardest to say, even more so than "I love you". Admitting uncertainty or lack of knowledge isn't easy - just ask children and Alzheimer's patients who confabulate rather an utter a simple "I'm not sure". As nurse practitioners, however, we inevitably find ourselves in situations where we don't have the answers.
It's Friday! What do you have planned for the weekend? I'm heading out of town to hit up the lake with family. I'm looking forward to the fresh air, clear water, and cool evening temperatures. And, of course, the food. Until then, the level of work-related motivation I have resembles the quote in this picture. If you could use a distraction as you wait out the workday, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories.
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?
Long week so far? Anticipating a weekend family vacation, I am oh so ready for Friday. Somehow, the extra prep required around the house for the getaway, along with cramming all of my ER shifts into the beginning of the week to secure some time off, has me scrambling. So, I thought it might be a good time for a little comic relief.