Have you ever worked as a nurse practitioner in a position that, let's say, 'built character'? I'll be honest. Having a professional career isn't always the ladder-climbing dream many people make it out to be. Medical practices and hospitals are often mismanaged. Coworkers are annoying. And, well, maybe you just aren't a great fit for the specialty where you've established yourself as an NP. If your collaborating physician is a total jerk, your practice is falling apart at the seams, or you just can't face writing another unnecessary prescription for a Z-Pack, take five before you throw in the towel. Your not-so-ideal job may be totally worth it.
My life as a nurse practitioner can get a little bit crazy sometimes. Balancing a schedule packed with working odd hours in the emergency department, a sig-o, friendships, family members, sleep, household responsibilities, etc., etc. is a constant battle. You've been there.
Are you itching to get outdoors this summer? Last night in the emergency department, I was talking with a fellow nurse practitioner about a vacation she is taking next month. Her trip is a sort of wilderness tour, hitting up Montana, Wyoming, and Canada for hiking, biking, kayaking, and an array of other activities for the outdoor enthusiast. While I do enjoy staying in a luxury hotel, or posting up in a beach cabana, I've been itching to get a taste of nature lately. Her trip got my vacation planning wheels spinning. Could a fall outdoor adventure be in the cards for me?
By Ashley Prince, Nursing Student and MidlevelU Contributor
As a nursing student, I recently had to take an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) course which proved to be a learning experience. The ACLS certification exam was a whole other challenge. While the material was overwhelming, I also realized it is essential to prepare me for my future role. Even though epi is usually the answer in an ACLS situation, I can't really rely on that, right? Sliding by without an understanding of the content could leave me in a precarious position as a nurse, unprepared to handle critical situations. So, I dove in. Here's a look at my experience.