Missing My Dad on Mother’s Day

My world filled with homemade cards and paper cups filled with dirt seedlings on Sunday.  My girls were happy to give me their sweet gifts on Mother’s Day, but it was short lived because I had to work a shift in the ER.  I had an unwelcome feeling creep into my gut on the way…

Curing (Compassion) Fatigue – PAs Connect

There is a very serious epidemic out there right now among healthcare providers.  Compassion fatigue takes the joy out of what we do.  Here is my latest PAs Connect article.  Please share if you care 🙂 Curing (Compassion) Fatigue – PAs Connect.

Fresh Faced Students

I had the pleasure of talking to a pre-pa student group at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  On Thursday I picked up my girls from the bus stop and we had an impromptu road trip to the north shore.  My mom joined us and we made an event out of it.  We arrived at the…

Nurses-Not Just Eye Candy!

We all know the old stereotypes.  Beautiful women nurses walking around with their perfectly coiffed hair and pressed uniforms.  They bat their eyelashes and say things like, “yes, doctor, right away!”.  In my experience, this stereotype has some validity. Now, before you get all hot and bothered, let me tell you what I notice in…

The Art of Saying Nothing – PAs Connect

This is my latest blog on PAs connect.  I’m pretty happy with it! Will you show me some social media love and share? The Art of Saying Nothing – PAs Connect.

I’m Unapologizing!

For a long time I was always saying sorry.  I’m sorry to my coworkers because I work fewer shifts than many of them do.  I’m sorry to my supervisors because I can’t always make it to the meeting scheduled for 7 PM on a weeknight.  I’m sorry to my kid’s school because I can’t make…

My Salute to the Ladies

“Women are leaders everywhere you look — from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi Happy International Women’s Day!  I wanted to…

What School Doesn’t Teach You

Going to PA school is a full-time job. There are hours and hours of lectures that cover every body system and every possible thing that could go wrong. At times you start to believe that you have that rare genetic disorder that consists of frequent leg twitching and abnormal knuckle hair. Or maybe the lecturer…

Mustache Bleach….Check

Do you remember the days when going on a trip was super exciting and all you had to worry about was a swimsuit and sunglasses? I recently attended an awesome conference in Hawaii called “High Risk Emergency Medicine”. This is the first time I have been away from my family IN. SIX. YEARS. Getting ready…

One Working Mom’s Struggle with Roasting a Stinkin’ Chicken

Sometimes ordering a pizza is underrated. We get so much information about diet and what to feed our kids that its overwhelming. Paleo, gluten-free, low-carb, vegan, organic, blah blah blah. We working mamas sometimes feel guilt about not keeping up with it all. I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes my…

Traditions and Follies; My Experiment with Carmel Popcorn

See that ghastly amount of popcorn? I made that! With the help of my mother, I spent an afternoon trying to create some danged traditions for my own family. I always had carmel popcorn for Christmas growing up….every year. My mother always made a perfectly scrumptious batch that we would scarf down and have some…