I'm completely, 100% ready for Christmas. What I'm not ready for is for it to be over. I haven't had a chance to fully enjoy the lights and smell of evergreen to their fullest quite yet. So, I'm going to have to put some serious time into creating some holiday moments this weekend. First on my list? Playing the Mariah Carey Christmas album incessantly over the next 48 hours. If you could use a breather from last minute holiday preparation, check out this week's more interesting medical news.
It's a great time to be a nurse practitioner. The job market for NPs is overall looking good as more and more companies realize the value nurse practitioners can provide to patient care. But, many NPs still find searching for a job a frustrating experience. Yes, there are jobs out there, but which one matches best with your personal and professional needs?
I might as well declare myself a pediatric fever specialist. I have been treating kid after kid after parent after parent for fevers, coughs, colds and the flu. I'm pretty sure my clunky nursing clogs have left skid marks on the hospital's laminate floor. After the first few hours of my shift a few evenings ago I felt like I was in the movie groundhog day with each patient all too similar to the last. The flu is everywhere. Whenever I find myself feeling like a hamster on a wheel at work, once I get past the initial exhaustion of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I get nervous- for a few reasons.
Congrats! You have fulfilled your dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. Now, about those loans... Graduating from your NP program with a mountain of debt can certainly dampen your spirits. The excitement you feel about your new career path is met with worry and fear over your financial situation. Conquering student loan debt is no easy task, but fortunately many programs and employment opportunities offer loan repayment help for NPs.