What To Do When Your Crew Wants a Few

After graduating from a PA program in 2007 a peculiar thing happened. Everyone wanted a prescription. Parents, siblings, spouses, neighbors, the garbage man….they all seemed to think that I could help them out. “I just need an antibiotic!”, they say. “I’ve been coughing for a week!,” they say. “I know its a sinus infection!”, they…

My Gallbladder Hates Me

Two nights ago it happened again. I woke up at 2:30 in the morning because of¬†¬†searing pain in my right upper quadrant. I heard a small voice from my abdomen say, “I’m baaaaaaaack”. Damn you, Gallbladder! It decided to keep me up writhing in pain for 3 hours until my pain medicine finally kicked in…

Today’s Debate: NP vs PA

The oldest question in the universe? Should I be a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner. As many of you know, this question gets asked all the time from pre grad school students. Which is better? At the risk of being ostracized by my professional organization I am going to go out on a limb…

Cleaning Cheats for Working Mamas

Working irregular and odd shifts in the ER make one thing certain, cleaning my house is not a regularly scheduled event. I have three little ones and to say that I was an overly organized or clean person pre-kids would be completely false. But I do have standards people! Low ones for the cleanliness of…

How to Go to Work When You Are Sad

Working with sick people is hard. You see young people stricken with illness, fathers and mothers take their last breath, depressed people try to end their own lives. I was made for this stuff. For some reason, God wired me in such a way that I can help people with just the right amount of…

Sexism in the PA Profession

Today I am calling all feminists. Think back to the years when we were idealists and thought that an individual was capable of making change. When men and women cared about justice and equality. There was the occasional protest maybe, or possibly the burning of unmentionables. We need to grease the joints a little, and…