Disheveled Management

Being a PA in management sometimes feels like uncharted territory. 3 years ago I swapped my scrubs for a pantsuit and there are some days I feel like I am just a kid pretending to be a grown up. Clinical work is tough, but management is unrelenting. Especially when you have a uterus and are…

It’s Showtime!

After weeks of preparation and planning it finally comes down to the last night. My last chance to conquer the Christmas Empire. Little did it know, I have a few secret weapons.  Just because I don’t have a knack for decorating doesn’t mean I have to settle for subpar trimmings. I happen to have a…

Twinkle Lights

I never even considered the idea of putting up Christmas lights prior to yesterday. The absurdity of the idea was almost laughable. There was barely enough time with little ones to put up a tree and stockings and still make time to do the daily tasks of parenthood. Now my kids are a little older…

Me Vs. Christmas: The Tools

Yesterday I declared a state of war with Christmas. I will not except anything less than a perfect holiday and refuse to be that “working Mom” that can’t get it together. Call me delusional, call me overzealous, but I prefer “Mrs. Claus”. I’ve decided to share some of the weapons I gathered for the month…

The Perfect Christmas

I know in the past I have written about how difficult it is to be a working parent. I encouraged everyone to have balance and to let go of perfection. For some reason, this Christmas, I am having a very hard time doing that. Instead of following my own advice, I plan on setting unrealistic…

PA-C Networking

Recently, a past colleague reached out to me for the sole purpose of networking. We’ve run into each other occasionally over the last few years, but haven’t worked for the same employer for a long time. He heard about my new position in management and wanted to get together to chat about my journey into…

Police Violence and the AAPA

Folks, there is something we have to talk about. As a PA, I am deeply concerned about the current relationship between the police and people of color in this country. I believe that it has become a public health issue. The CDC states that “public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations”….

Freeloaders in the ER

I recently read an article written by an ER physician.  The article was filled with disgust for healthcare in the US and how many entitled patients come into the ER with less than life or limb threatening emergencies.  He spoke about their cigarettes, their inked bodies, and their well-groomed nether regions.  The doctor complained that…

A Letter to Nurses

By now the ridiculous comments from the hosts of The View have been chewed, swallowed, and barfed out like the garbage they are.  Miss Colorado spoke about her experience being “just a nurse” and how an Alzheimer patient helped her to realize the importance of her work.  The View managed to mock her (probably jealous…

Losing Control

Don’t you just love the smell of no kids in the house?  They went back to school in a flurry and now there is a moment to sit in a recliner and…sit.  Although the quiet is nice, there is something terrifying about the whole putting my kids in the hands of the educational system.  Last…

Transitioning from the ER to Management

One of my greatest criticisms of my previous employers throughout my career was that they put people in management that had no management training.  The roles were picked haphazardly and it had to do with willingness to lead, rather than capability.  I am in week three of my new management position, now look who is…

10 Mistakes Not to Make in the ER

The ER can be an intense place to practice medicine.  There are high-stress situations, high acuity patients, and fast paced decisions are constantly made.  Here are a few tidbits that I have learned over the years working in the ER. 1. Always remember to recheck abnormal vital signs.  You have a young healthy patient who…