Hi everyone! Just popping in today with a quick tidbit of advice — one I wish I had heeded while I was in NP school! A former classmate of mine told me that one of her preceptors advised her to go home each evening after a day at clinical and research just ONE of the conditions they had seen that day in the primary care clinic. She told her to take 30 – 45 minutes and become an “expert” on that one topic (ie. sinusitis or bacterial vaginosis or hand-foot-and-mouth disease) so she’d know exactly what to do when it presented itself again. Did my classmate take the advice? No. Did I, when I heard it? Nope. But I definitely wish I had. Those clinical days are L-O-N-G, especially when you’re trying to balance school with work and family life and all of the other responsibilities that come with being an adult! If you are still in NP school now, please take this piece of advice and commit to doing this! It will serve you so well in your first job when you’re learning to BE a provider with no one else holding your hand — and would be a killer interview discussion point, especially if you collect your “documents” in an organized way. By picking one topic or clinical problem each day, you’ll be really ready for practice as an NP when it comes. Plus, if you do it while you’re in clinical, you can check with your preceptor (who is experienced!) and get any questions answered from someone who’s willing to teach you!
Any other advice from those of you who’ve been in practice already? Things you’d wished you’d done while still in school that would have made entry to practice easier?