Looking back on life as a nurse practitioner student from the perspective of a now experienced NP makes me wish I'd done a few things differently during my time in school. I'm not taking about major regrets here, but rather a few small adjustments that would have created a smoother transition to practice. The most crucial of these? Making the most of my clinical experience.
We've all gotten that text - the one where a family member lets you know their child is inconsolable, most certainly suffering from an ear infection. Or, maybe a friend lets you know they have spent the night sleeping on the bathroom floor, gut twisting with food poisoning. As nurse practitioners, the temptation to help out a friend or family member in these situations by calling in a prescription is strong. Surely prescribing an innocent antibiotic or antiemetic for an acquaintance isn't an issue, right?
Whether you're a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad, there's always room for improvement when it comes to documentation skills. Over the past few months here at MidlevelU, we've been looking at documentation basics for the various body systems. Accurately recording the findings of your physical exam is essential for the continued care of your patient and to protect yourself legally as a healthcare provider. What do you need to know when it comes to documenting exam findings of the back and neck?
Most medical clinics are far too dingy and generic if you ask me. The walls are always painted some sort of band-aid tan. The smell of hand sanitizer and alcohol swabs wafts through the air causing every patient, regardless of chief complaint, to conjure up images of some sort of painful procedure. Pediatric practices make an effort to brighten up the environment to welcome kids. Maybe its time adult-focused practices did the same.