Confessions of a Former New Grad Nurse Practitioner

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. 

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Find Career Freedom: Nurse Practitioner Job Blast

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. 

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The 50th Anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner Profession: Reflections

My husband likes to remind me frequently that Thomas Jefferson was just 33 years old when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. While his point in bringing up this piece of historical trivia is to inspire me, it typically leaves me with a profound sense of underachievement. Today, as I read an article looking back on the nurse practitioner profession including quotes from leaders in the NP community, I couldn't help but feel that these leaders' enthusiasm for nursing carried similarities to Jefferson's leadership of our country. 

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7 Continuing Education Conferences for Emergency Nurse Practitioners

When I started working in the emergency department 5 years ago, I felt a little lost. Nurse practitioners working in the ED have to be a sort of jack of all trades. We do a little bit of cardiology, OB/GYN, gastroenterology, dermatology, and some psychiatry to name a few specialty areas. Treating patients of all kinds means there's always room for learning. This is one of the things I love most about working in the emergency department. 

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How Can Nurse Practitioners Learn Cosmetic Procedures?

Trying to get experience as a nurse practitioner is like the proverbial chicken or the egg question. Job postings, for example, may require that applicants know how to suture or do trigger point injections. With employers unwilling to hire without experience, how are you supposed to become proficient with such procedures? Dermatology is one specialty where it can be particularly difficult to land a position without prior procedural training. 

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