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Celebrating the Expertise of Nurse Practitioners this #NPWeek

Op-Med is a collection of original articles contributed by Doximity members.

This week is Nurse Practitioner Week and to celebrate these valuable clinicians we are highlighting some of the articles that NP authors have published on Doximity. These five stories are about the experiences, journeys, and lessons that these clinicians have to share with their colleagues and the world.

How One Painting Changed How I Look at Patients

In this tender reflection, Evelyn Lai, NP, struggles to remember her dying patient as just a young girl. "I can remember what cultures we sent, what tests were still pending. But, I’m losing my memory of her." A visit to an art museum helps her reconnect to the humanity in her patient.

The Fourth Person in the Room: The Effect of Technology in Psychiatric Practice

Psych NP, Isadora Fox, ponders the impact of technology in the psychiatric patient relationship. Does it help facilitate the relationship or merely serve to distract from achieving the vulnerability needed? "For psychiatry to be successful, both provider and client must be willing to experience vulnerability with another human being."

Not for the Faint of Heart: Life Considerations for Travel Locums

Connie Lapadat, NP, outlines the pros and cons of pursuing travel locums work. She offers guidance on taking time off, location, duration, and more. "Travel locums can become a life that is very similar to military deployment."

An Antiquated Guideline Prevents NPs from Maximizing Medicare's Home Health Services

Nurse practitioners fill an urgent gap in the care of elderly homebound people. Ron Billano Ordona, DNP, emphasizes the need for the barrier of not being able to order/certify home health services to be removed for NPs. By doing this, "care is delivered to the most vulnerable older adult population."

I'm an NP and I Started My Own Business. You Can Too

Nadia Santana, DNP, is the founder of The Nurse Practitioner Project and shares why owning a business does not have to be mutually exclusive with nursing. Her tips include how to create a business plan and consult professionals, things she learned from growth and failure.

From the medical humanities to entrepreneurship, NPs on Doximity are clearly experts in more than just nursing. Share your NP perspectives and insights on Doximity's Op-Med!

Article compiled by Angelica Recierdo, MS, Op-Med Editor

Illustration by Jennifer Bogartz

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