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Tipping Point

Taking Off

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Nearly two decades ago, the Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of “tipping point,” in his bestselling book of the same name. According to Gladwell, the tipping point is the notion of being “in a place where the unexpected becomes expected, where radical change is more than a possibility.  It is – contrary to all our expectations – a certainty.”

I see indicators of radical change regarding NP postgraduate training at every level: individual, organizational, and, perhaps most importantly, national.

Life Lessons Learned from Bird Watching

Patience, Persistence and Seizing the Moment

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Wildlife provides a frequent reminder of the virtues of practice, persistence, and seizing the moment. Fledgling purple martins fly in dance-like synchrony as they perfect their aeronautic skills.  In the span of one second, the blue heron shifts from prolonged and absolute stillness to a startling, almost invisible spearing of a hapless crab.   Simultaneously I witness demonstrations of beauty, patience, practice, precision, and expertise. 

On a daily basis, preceptors and trainees act with patience and model compassion in spirit, informed delivery of healthcare, and precision in action.  Trainees persist until it good practice becomes rote and can be activated immediately when needed – they develop the clinical ‘muscle memory’ skills to delivery competent healthcare upon demand.  The intent is to serve others with intelligence and competence, grace and dignity, tact and compassion.  

This is the time of year for transitions.  Purple martin fledglings fly.  Students graduate.  New residents prepare for their capstone year of professional polishing.  Novice nurse practitioners culminate their metamorphosis into confident practitioners.

 I’d like to remember and acknowledge the gift that nurse practitioners bring to healthcare.

Celebrating Graduating Classes and New Trainees

Saying Good Bye, Saying Hello

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Together, let’s celebrate the next generation of leaders in healthcare – nurse practitioners who are skilled interprofessional healthcare providers, multi-faceted and multi-talented individuals. They are practitioners who provide high quality healthcare that integrates competence, confidence and compassion.
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