It's getting closer and closer. Only 4 1/2 more months of graduate school left and then I will be FINISHED with school forever!!! This semester I am in Adult. I have to have 240 clinical hours and 240 patients logged by the end of April. I'm severely lagging behind...as of right now I only have 116 hours. I probably have more patients than hours but I'm not even sure about that. All I know is the next month and a half are probably going to be pretty hectic.
I am doing clinicals at two different sites, one is a family practice and the other is a walk in/urgent care clinic. I have to admit, I am LOVING the walk in clinic. As I may or may not have said, I'm not sure that family practice is my forte. There are so many illnesses, and I just don't know that dealing with everyone's multiple chronic illnesses is for me. I love the fact that in the urgent care clinic patients are coming in for one one thing (usually). They come in with their specific symptoms, you treat that one thing and they are out the door. I really like that immediacy in that, and I don't find myself second guessing myself as much in that arena.
Of course as I've always said that a Derm practice with aesthetics on the side is my dream practice. I'm steadily looking into that as I go along. I have a "friend" who recently opened her own aesthetics practice and I'm anxiously watching her to see how things develop and how successful she is. She said she did some research and that when the market tanked a few years ago (well more like over 10 now, but I remember it like it was yesterday) that the "beauty" industry is the only industry that didn't take a hit. People take their beauty seriously, but we'll see. I have so many things in my mind that I want to try. Teaching, travel NP, possibly pharma, I mean the options are endless really and I just have to figure out where my passion lies.
All in all I have to say that this time in NP school has FLOWN by, especially compared to nursing school. Of course I'm also working full time and dealing with family obligations, but really I'm glad that I have all of that going on. I much prefer this fast pace, which is actually slower than most since I'm going part time, but all in all this 7 semesters has gone by in the blink of an eye. So if any of you are considering going back to school I say DO IT!! You won't regret it and you WILL still have a life.
Anyway, enough of my rambling, I'm sure I have some discussion boards I could be doing. :D