Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Grad NP

A little more than a year practicing as a nurse practitioner and to say the least it has been interesting. My education and goal was to work in primary care, but without experience that first NP job was a little tougher than I thought. After graduating and studying for boards you start applying to jobs you want. Then as time goes on and you realize the student loans will be kicking in soon you expand the places you would consider working. In addition there are bills and living expenses still happening.

There are some jobs that will take new grad NPs. You can get in with a big organization or there are many clinic jobs. A lawyer friend told me he hated his first law job, and in most professions that first job is usually a way to get experience and move towards your dream job. In many places Pain Clinics are one of those places that will take new grad NPs, and this is where I ended up and could not wait to escape.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Give a Homeless Person $100 Dollars and See What Happens

This should be the Spirit all year, and the type of person who should be running healthcare in this country

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dean Ornish - 3 Minutes on Killer Diet


This is a quick video with an important message. Dr.Dean Ornish has many longer informational videos and books about how our diet is killing us.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Different Reality

Mayo Clinic educates some good doctors. However, they spend years in a small Midwest town without diversity. That is a problem, most of them have no idea of how diverse populations and low socioeconomic people live or struggle to get healthcare and pay bills. There are some who come from larger metropolitan areas, but many only know this demographic of people. You also listening to them talk and you realize most of the medical student are still kids and act like kids. They came straight out of high school, went to college and right into medical school. So far their biggest struggle in life has been studying. Many come from well-to-do families with parents who sheltered them, and protected them from the  struggles of the world. Their reality is so different from mine.

Friday, November 14, 2014


The Emergency Department and Cardiology seem to get the glory on TV and otherwise as the ones who save lives in an urgent situation.

But, it is Orthopedics that make life worth living

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cultural Desert

The Mayo Clinic has one big problem. . . .  it is located in Rochester, MN.  
Rochester works for the patients who come from across the country and around the world for treatment, because afterwards they get to go home. 

Yes, my honeymoon period is over, and I miss many parts of living in a large metropolitan area. The many neighborhoods, cultural events, museums, grocery stores, restaurants, shows and people that you will never experience in a small homogenized city.