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The Importance of a Nurturing Learning Environment

Lessons Learned from Loggerhead Turtles

by Candice Rettie

This past summer, in a blog I wrote about the importance of learning and working environments, I mentioned the recommendations from the Macy Foundation’s April conference, “Improving Environments for Learning in the Health Professions.” Amy Barton, a panelist at the Consortium’s own conference in June, was an invited participant at the Macy Foundation event. I […]

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Mentoring in Action

Box of Chocolates

by Candice Rettie

We’ve all had horrible days.  In this longer-than-usual post, I’d like to share an extraordinary example of mentorship that was forwarded to me.  Dr. Dan Wilensky responds electronically to a trainee who recently wrote in her online reflective journal about a particularly difficult day.  Dan is a family practice physician, an active primary care provider […]

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NPs Lighting the Way

Shooting Stars

by Candice Rettie

It is midnight dark. Streaks of light race across the sky.  In mid-August, despite being a buffet for mosquitoes, I love to watch the Perseid meteor showers.  The first time I experienced the magic of a “falling star” I was 5 or 6.  I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that’s also my […]

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Nurse Practitioner’s Professional Identity

The Importance of Faculty, Mentors and Colleagues

by Candice Rettie

Recently I’ve had numerous conversations where people ask about the experiences of nurse practitioners in education, postgraduate training, and practice.  Basically, who are they and what do they do? How are their experiences different from other health care professionals? I realized that the underlying theme was the professional identity of nurse practitioners. The process of […]

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