I have had my mommy blog for some time nowbut I’ve always wanted to have my own NP blog. Both to connect with other NPs out there and to provide folks out there with some general thoughts and information that I find helpful. Again, second to there being non-self-governing persons who refuse to take responsibility for their own decisions/actions please see my disclaimer.
And no…I’m not bitter but anyone who’s worked as a health care professional can understand where I’m coming from; I work especially hard at trying to help patients take care of themselves but many just want a quick fix. How many times have you had patients leave your office angrily because you recommended only over-the-counter medicines for symptom relief and explained antibiotics wouldn’t help their cold? I can’t say it’s always the patient but rather our cultures expectations for working. I don’t know about my friends in other countries but here in America, at least the portion I live in, you generally are looked down upon if you call out sick. (Those same coworkers also get angry when they contract your plague.)
It’s not all bad here, we don’t have to wait months and months for urgent treatments, but the focus of our healthcare system has moved less and less away from patient self-care and responsibility and more towards customer service which is borderline disastrous. Don’t believe me? See here and here . It makes absolute sense that someone would rather have a pint of craft beer, filet mignon and truffle fries with a chocolate cake slice as big as your face over a 9-inch dinner plate with arugula and microgreens. Hell, I’d have a hard time saying no to the first but when your cholesterol is 300, you sit at a desk for 8-10 hours a day and Netflix marathon every night afterwards, you definitely need the later or you’re likely investing in a heart disease savings account with pretty terrible returns. However, how immediately satisfied do you think a person is going to be when you try to tell them they need to limit or avoid their favorite foods? It’s like showing a preschooler candy and saying, “See this? I know you want it, but you can’t have it!” Cue tantrum. Patients are not happy about being told they are the problem no matter how nicely you tell them and babying them and letting them lead the same old lifestyle earns you a gold star and them an early grave.
I’m not a big fan of standardizing testing and scores in general but that’s another matter. I love my patients and I want them to be healthy and if you are also a provider I hope you feel the same way and keep your chin up and join me in bracing ourselves until the whole business blows over while waiting to come up with a way to fix it.
I also hope you join me in celebrating my successes and failures (let’s call them life lessons) as I move forward in my career and try to make the world a tad bit better one patient at a time.
Until then, ciao!