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!


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