Monday, August 18, 2014

Diet Mt. Dew

Learned a lot today in the pre, intra and post-operative settings. I also learned that an important accessory for many of the physicians, residents and medical staff was the use of Diet Mountain Dew. I admit I was a regular user in nursing school.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New NP Job

The new career as a Nurse Practitioner is underway. Right now I could not be any happier, but at the same time I do not want to jinx myself. It always seems that when you think things are going well, then your luck changes. Originally when I went back to school to become an NP the plan was to get into a smaller primary care clinic, and out of the hospital setting. Semi-ironic that I now find myself in one of the largest integrated medical centers in the world. In orientation they told us there were more than 35,000 employees at this location. Besides the clinic there are two hospitals, a medical school, research facilities, plus graduate and science programs.

As big and as many people that are here it feels comfortable, and not at all like the many hospitals environments I have worked at in the past. The many different services like cardiovascular, orthopedics, oncology, etc perform and feel like that smaller clinic I wanted to work.

Back to working 40-50 hours weeks and learning that my brain hurts and I feel sleep deprived. Plus besides working in the clinic, next week they start training me to assist in surgery.      

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Now you call. . .

I believe things happen for a reason, because I feel extremely fortunate to be starting a new job at this facility, and in the specialty I wanted.

However, today I got a call from a second clinic that I applied to months ago offering me a job. Truthfully from other NPs I talked too it did not have a good reputation as a place to work, but it was only blocks from my home. Two months ago I would have taken that job only to stay in NorCal, and subsequently missed out on this great opportunity. Things happen for a reason.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Attitude is 90%

The human body is amazing in how it works. As healthcare practitioners we can tell you the anatomy and physiology of how it works. But if you do not have the right attitude you will never reach your potential. Also I believe without the right attitude you will hinder your mental and physical health. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mayo Clinic and Rochester

Rochester's population is about 110,000 people and growing quickly.
The two largest employers are the Mayo Clinic with about 36,000 employees and IBM. A lot of downtown is made up of Mayo buildings and businesses that support Mayo or rely on the visitors Mayo brings to town.
Looks and feels like a bigger city than the population 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Brothers 

Visiting Rochester and the Mayo Clinic you realize what a huge part of the community the Mayo is, and I mean this in a good way. The same way Disney World transformed the Orlando area from a swamp in the 1970's to a vacation tourist destination today, the Mayo Clinic is transforming Rochester into a world class Medical Destination.

Friday, July 4, 2014

New Grad RN and NPs jobs. . Spread Your Wings

I have to take my own advice. For years I have worked with student nurses and the one question they ask more than anything else is not about patient care,  it is about jobs after graduation. My advice to new grad RN's has always been to be flexible, and go anywhere to get experience. As a new RN I moved 1500 miles to get my first job, and afterwards with that experience on my resume jobs came easy. True some people can't move because of family, but others won't move because they are afraid to leave the security of their community. The economy changed things and over the last 5-years it became tougher for new RNs to find work, and even more so in areas like San Francisco and Boston where nurse are paid extremely well. My advice is even more relevant now and I still tell student nurses to leave home and go spread their wings to get some experience. Besides traveling to another city for a job interview is exciting and it also shows them you are committed. Then after a year or two, when you think you know what you are doing, you can go ahead and apply to work closer to home. Moving away is what 99% of medical students have to do for their residency experience.

I do understand not wanting to move, I liked calling the SF bay area home for the last five years. After becoming board certified six months ago my plan was to continue working on-call as an RN, while started to apply for local NP jobs. However, most of the jobs near me were in pain clinics or one of those retail store clinics, and that was not for me. I want to keep learning and preferably in a teaching hospital or specialty setting. The current hospital I work at is not NP friendly (NPs know these places) and other jobs near me were being filled with those who had experience and connections. 

 It was time to spread my wings and apply only to places I wanted to work, and in specialties like orthopedics and sports medicine, because I like musculoskeletal specialties. Getting hired as an NP is a long process of interviews and credentialing, but after all the paperwork I got the job I wanted, in the specialty I wanted. So NPs & RNs spread your wings and do not settle in your little corner of the world looking for a job you may not want. . 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain