I’m assuming most NP programs are similar to this one and that we meet weekly with our instructor to discuss patients, clinicals and any concerns. For our primary care we are all located in different large busy clinics throughout the metropolitan area. These clinics are not in any way upscale or suburban; they provide services to the inner-city and underserved populations. But this is also where we get the best experience, because many of these patients are train wrecks with extensive problem lists.
dropped out, so my cohort remains the same ten people after 18 months. We now know each other all too well. These weekly sessions lead by
our instructor is a chance for us to decompress from the stresses of everything
going on. Of course our favorite topic is patients and their comorbidities.
talk about is confidential. But we laugh at our patients, we feel for our patients,
we get frustrated with our patients and we really care about them. It helps
because we know we are not alone in the decisions and mistakes that we make. They
are learning points. Our instructor with her decades of experience has
some of the best and funny stories about patients and mistakes from her past.
I want to blog about some of my patient
encounters, but it still feels uncomfortable to post anything outside of the classroom for fear of being recognized. Even without identifying points
in a post, all those confidentiality, HIPAA and ADA laws make me overly cautious while still in school.