Pharmacology kicked my ***, but I kicked back!
It's really interesting to me that I catch myself at work thinking about information in different ways than I have in the past. For example, I look at a patient's problem and med lists and find myself thinking through implications of not just emotional health, but also physical health.
We have Fundamentals of Nursing this summer, which includes one classroom evening and one lab evening (in addition to clinical weekends).
Since I go right from work to school and my job doesn't object, I wore my clinical uniform, white shoes and all, to work this week. The doc I've worked most closely with over the last 2.5 years asked me to help her with a procedure (I&D facial/neck abscess... yummy).
We both cracked up about how the only thing that changed was my clothes, but now she looks at me and things, "Hey, you're a nurse. Can you come help me with this?" (instead of just looking at me as a social worker who can help with emotional/behavioral stuff)
Oh--I also wanted to add that as I look back on my original post, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings. Among them are:
-GRATITUDE for the encouragement of you all, and critical thinking encouraged about which path (PMHNP/FNP, NP/PA). I feel really solid in my choices. The plan is PMHNP, by the way. I've made good friends with the psychNP at the health center where I work who had lots of good things to say about working in integrated primary care, which is what I'm already doing and my heart loves so hard.
-KIND HUMOR toward my naivety and just not knowing what I didn't know. I'm sure this will continue to happen, and I'm glad that I have some light hearted chuckles about my younger self.
It's nutty to me that I've been having this conversation since 2012, and here I am seven years and a move ALL the way across the country and a few attendand delays. I'M DOING THE THING!!! Yay!