How to Say No to a Drug Seeker

The reason why I chose the above photo is because many of us are addicted to substances.  Coffee, cigarettes, alcohol,  drugs, all can lead to unhealthy consequences.  That’s me up there smoking.  Just kidding.   I’d like to think that I looked that good when I smoked.   After recently quitting, I can tell you…

My Mama’s a Physician Assistant

I always thought that I would be a mother some day. And I always thought that as a liberated woman I could have a full time career and manage my family with ease. I finish that sentence with a loud, resounding, “Ha!”. It all started to unravel the night before I went back to work…

Ankle Biters- Your Peds Rotation

This man has learned the art of administering vaccinations and truly a master with kids. My pediatric rotation was a nice change of pace from some of the hospital based clinicals. It helps that I like children. I will tell you about my most mortifying moment during my rotation. Much of my day was spent…

The Ethics of Ebola

Is anyone else a tinsy bit nervous about the Ebola crisis? The blame game has started, exposed people have been on airplanes and cruise ships. It is likely that Ebola may come very, very close to home. We are getting mixed messages about transmission from the media and the CDC. This is not about any…

Wounds and Generators: My Health Care Experience

Becoming a Physician Assistant is not a light decision. It makes sense that programs would expect you to have experience in healthcare prior applying for school. Seeing as this is a decision that may guide you to happiness or your own destruction, you should check it out first! No pressure. I never knew about the…

HAPPY PA WEEK!

I have no idea how they found time to do it, but these students made me giggle. They are obviously excited about the PA profession, and why not? Here are my top reasons for loving what I do, and why physician assistants rank in the Top 25 careers for 2014. 1. I get to be…

Blood, Guts, and Bones…Your ER Rotation

I must say that I have been working in the ER for 6 years now so I am a leeeeetle partial to this rotation.  My rotation was in a busy, level 1 trauma center.  It was an intense, mind blowing 6 weeks.   Stress levels run high and there is always a lot of action.  There…