Hi! Welcome! My name is Cheryl and I’m the Novice NP. I’m a family nurse practitioner who’s been in practice for a little over a year in a rural/suburban setting in Virginia. As I started my practice (and even before, as I was finishing up my master’s degree and panicking through clinicals), I was constantly trolling the internet for advice, guidance, and just general good-to-know info; I had a hard time finding it. Of course, there are some good sites out there and a few message boards that had relevant info, but I wanted a place where I could go to learn from other health care professionals and where my “I’m new around here” questions wouldn’t be regarded as ridiculous or stupid or, even worse, eliciting a “how did that girl get an NP license, anyways?” response. So, I decided to make that place – right here.
My goal is to create (and curate) a space that is helpful for new folks to the provider-world especially nurse practitioners (since that’s my purview), and those who are preparing to enter it. I envision a diverse mix of blog posts, ranging from “real-world” case studies to evidence-based treatment guidelines to work-life balance to practical information that’s helpful as you’re starting your career or even considering a career as a nurse practitioner. All this comes with one caveat: I’m new too. I have about 1 year of NP experience under my belt at this point, but if you’ve read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (love him!), you’ll know that it takes about 10,000 hours to go from novice to expert (or at least proficient!) and I’m nowhere near that point. So, hopefully we can learn together. I’m glad you’re here!
(Just as a note/disclaimer, in case it isn’t obvious: this is a blog where I’m sharing my (admittedly) limited knowledge and experience as a new(ish) NP. This website is not meant to be a substitute for personalized medical advice or to be blindly implemented in any and every clinical situation. If you’re a provider, you have a license that you earned through classroom study and clinical experience; if you’re a patient, you should have a provider who knows your unique medical situation and can make appropriate recommendations. Mmmkay? Good. Let’s get going.)