Welcome to the weekend! Just a few more hours left in the work day then I'm off to enjoy the evening. Tonight my husband and I will be joining friends for an Italian feast(!) then the rest of the weekend is TBD. Perhaps we'll go camping, or maybe sit on the couch all day watching movies. Whatever we decide, the best part is it will be in the moment! What do you have planned? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news happenings.
I have been on the signing end of a few poorly worded nurse practitioner employment contracts in my day. In my less experienced, younger days I was especially quick to accept a job without even attempting to negotiate less favorable contractual clauses. The main reason for my negligence? I didn't know what to look for in reviewing a nurse practitioner employment agreement.
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.
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.