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December 12, 2006

NPs and PAs: Opening Doors

Julieorfirer272x721_1 Julie - I’ve had a couple of recent opportunities to meet up with colleagues lately and it’s really been heartening. 

A few weeks ago I went to NPACE to meet up with a group I’ve known online for many years.  It was truly a pleasure to meet these friends in person.  We had a really fun time.

This past week I visited a town about an hour away to give a talk to some NPs and PAs.  This was my first official “speaker’s bureau” talk for a drug company. For various reasons it turned out to be a very small group and we had a really nice time.  One of them routinely sends me great referrals – gives me a nice history, does all the right tests first.

Life is changing for NPs and PAs.  The NP I mentioned above is branching out from internal medicine to join some people doing cosmetic dermatology.  A PA is leaving his practice for, “I’m not sure yet,” and is considering opening a practice of his own.  The folks I met in Boston do a huge variety of work – publishing, organizing the American College of Clinicians, Minute Clinics, teaching online.  Oh, yeah, and a few of us who still practice in old fashioned sorts of settings – clinics, hospitals, and  private practices.

I always figured that getting into nursing would allow me to open lots of different doors if I got tired of doing one thing.  These days there are even more doors to go knocking on.  And now I’m thinking about going back to school to pursue the PhD in nursing.  Not the DNP.  That’s maybe a discussion for another time.

Right now I’m still feeling relaxed from the nice bubble bath soak at the B&B after the talk the other night!

So here’s a good laugh if you need something to keep your cheer up during the holiday madness:  Panexa Enjoy.


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Popped in through Change of Shift! I agree that NPs and PAs are so flexible with what we can do. I keep telling the nurses that I work with that if they are burned out, change areas or go back to school. Onward and upwards!

Posted by: NPs Save Lives | Dec 31, 2006 10:33:30 PM

Panexa! what a cure-all! Could have done with this during chemo and amazed the cancer center RNs. My colleagues will think its a hoot! Thanks for making my day!

Posted by: Ruth C. RN, CRNI | Dec 16, 2006 3:17:59 PM

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