Thursday, May 27, 2010

When it's good to be newFNP

NewFNP has had a wonderfully and oddly rewarding work week.

First, she received the most heartfelt thank you letter from a patient on Monday. She has truly never received anything like it in her life and she knows that such notes will be few and far between in her career.

Then, Dr. Dual-Ivy-League-Degrees told newFNP that "a friend" had stopped by to say hello. Not having many friends in her area of clinical practice, her face must have betrayed her puzzlement. As it turns out, an adolescent patient for whom newFNP cared a couple of years ago (see Healing) just stopped by to say hi and tell newFNP how he was doing. He gave newFNP an awkward fourteen-year old boy hug and updated her on his life. He looked happy and it made newFNP immensely happy to see him feeling good.

And finally, newFNP completed a well-child visit on a 9-month old for whom she has cared since birth. NewFNP also did her mom's prenatal care and cared for her for three years prior to her pregnancy. It is truly one of the joys of family practice to share patients' lives with them and as newFNP held this beautiful baby girl in her arms, she was reminded her of that.

And it's a holiday weekend. Time for a weekend getaway, SATC2 and maybe even a new tattoo!


Anonymous said...

It's nice to read you had a good week, healthcare can sometimes be stressful. I like reading the real feelings of dealing with patients both good and bad.

spielbee said...

enjoying satc2 today as well. have a great weekend. so glad i finally got to peruse your blog!

Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

It's always nice to have those patients return to let you know how you have impacted their lives. Keep on keeping it real!

aries said...

Nice job :)
Receiving appreciation from our client is the best reward nurses can ever get.
It is our trophy that cannot be hang on the wall but always be part of our patient's memories.
I enjoy reading your story and I hope that we can built a relationship by exchanging links with our blogs, as a start.
You can visit me at and and drop me a message :)

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