Monday, April 27, 2015

How Do You Feel About Being Called A "Mid-level"?

Hello all,

It's been a while since I've posted. First off, an update on my sister Denise who is doing well and made it back home due to a few donations on Go Fund Me. I really appreciated the donations. Keep them coming if you have an inkling.

Back to the subject at hand.. How many of you NPs are bothered by the term "mid-level". It personally drives me bananas! I think we need to come up with an alternate term. My collaborating MD asks why I'm bothered by it since that's what I am...
I just wonder if I am "mid-level, who's the "low level provider"? I don't feel that I give "mid care" to my patients.

Some NPs don't mind the label but some of us hate it! What say you?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Help My Sister Get Home To Florida

Hello to all of my readers. My sister Denise is currently stuck in Seattle, Washington in a hospital post quadruple bypass surgery. She's hanging in there but needs a plane ticket home and money during her recovery period. I appreciate any help you may be able to provide. Please share this link!

This is one reason why it's so important to understand your genetic potentials for bad health issues.
My mother also has had a quad bypass and my sister's father died of a myocardial infarction. I speak to many patients who don't know a thing about their family's medical history and it's a sad situation.

My goal for you is to do your homework. Be a super sleuth and ask those important questions!

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Ramblings of A Nurse Practitioner

Often people ask me what I missed the most while I was in NP school. I would have to say my family time and my hobbies. I used to read voraciously,  but now find myself playing on Facebook and reading other people's comments on posts there rather than picking up a book and plucking myself in a cozy chair next to my husband while he watched TV.

I also didn't realize that it would continue into my career. It is what we do as providers. We sacrifice so that others can be healthier people and hopefully they listen to our advice. Unfortunately, some won't and we lose them along the way. Hard to watch at times and so hard not to just lay it all on the line and tell them what we really feel when they say that they cannot afford their meds while having a pack of cigarettes in their pockets or their nails done at the local nail salon.

My problem is that I often say what is on my mind and what I'm really thinking. I have been lucky in my career to have some pretty great patients who appreciate my candor. I've probably made a few cringe along the way but so far so good. I also stopped blogging once I got out of NP school and I realized that there aren't many of us doing it anymore due to HIPPA worries so I have to remember my Ps and Qs.

It's a sad situation in life that we can't practice medicine the way the old country docs did in the day. They were truly their towns providers and attended the same functions, went to people's home for dinner and socialized with their patients. I've had patients invite me to their functions and I've declined at times so that I don't get caught into the trap of having to attend everyone's activities.
I don't go to funerals of my patients either unless they are tied to our company as an employee. I don't do funerals well because I tend to cry and look like an idiot blubbering on the widow's shoulder when it's really her turn to grieve. I plan to have a living funeral so I can party before I go and really see who gave a crap for real. I actually thought of attending my own funeral like the great Oz behind a curtain but I probably couldn't keep my mouth shut if I heard someone say something I didn't like.

I definitely will not be stared at as I will be cremated. I am a organ and tissue donor so there won't be much left over. I hope to help as many people as possible when I go.

Strange ramblings today but I haven't written in a long while.... See ya around!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Am I Invisible Or What?

Just a question... How many NPs have been excluded from company parties that Docs are invited to? I would certainly hope not many. Do you get included in company meetings? This still boggles my mind considering that NPs bring in quite a lot of revenue for practices and have very high patient satisfaction scores.
Are you included in your company or do you feel like your input makes no difference?
I've heard various responses from full involvement to none. Where do you land in the spectrum? Do you feel like it matters? How would you go about changing the perceptions?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Nurse Practitioner Burnout

Why do NPs burnout? Much the same reasons as Doctors. Constant pressure to produce and keep everyone happy including patients, their family members, our bosses, our co-workers, insurance companies, and our own families. At the same time, trying not to kill anyone.
 The good thing is that has resolved itself with a job change. I just spent a long weekend at the beach and never  opened my computer to work. For the first time in 6 years...
That's not saying that I haven't taken time off, just that I've always had to open my computer and work at some point during the event. 
You need to find ways to unstress your life or both components will fall apart. Read a book for pleasure. That doesn't include trade magazines! I'm talking about a good, juicy romance novel or some trash mags and just unwind. I also watch certain television shows and don't work while I'm enjoying it. Even if it's an hour or two a week, go for a walk or try to garden. 
These tips will prevent burnout for a little while.