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. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Grad Nurse Practitioner Jobs

If you are adventurous and eventually want to apply and get that dream job you need experience and the right resume. When I worked with student nurses I told them to go anywhere to get that new experience. Experience matters first and then employers will look at the quality of that experience. New grad nurse practitioners may need to do the same. If you think medical students move away from home for 5-8 years to get their experience, a year or two is not bad. 

To employers experience matters first, and then they look at the quality of that experience. As a new grad NP you have some choices. However, new grad NPs opportunities are limited and not always the best. Truthfully, there are some crappy jobs out there for new grad NPs. Many jump into that first job at a no name place, that requires none of your skills, and you will take blood pressures and fill out paperwork all day. The whole time knowing you will leave as soon as you get the experience. Future employers know this too when they look at your resume.

Mayo Clinic is a medical destination for people from around the world, and one of the country's most prestigious names in healthcare and research. Mayo Clinic consistently ranks as one of the top medical institutions and schools in the country, and they hire new grad nurse practitioners. Although they many smaller clinic and a hospital in Arizona and Florida, I am only talking about the Rochester MN campus, with over 35,000 employees. Of that about 1000 are NPs and PAs, and they are very nurse practitioner friendly. There is no battle here between NPs and PAs, we are equal. Because it is one of the top medical schools, they are use to teaching people, and they have resources to teach you. I have met NPs and RNs from all over the country here doing one if two things. They moved here like an extended travel nursing assignment and get a lot of experience, or they fall in love and make Mayo their life long employer. Either way you win. Minnesota also makes it relatively easy to get your credentials approved through the Board of Nursing. When your future employer looks at your resume what will be the quality of your experience?