This past week, I had the opportunity to shadow a nurse practitioner who actually graduated Columbia's nursing program. Although I had to travel aaaaaaalllll the way to Long Island for this one day shadow day, I got to see a lot! It is also really neat knowing that nurse practitioners have the ability of working in specific areas of focus like dermatology. The clinic actually had a few nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and doctors who see patients all day long.
Here's a list of things I saw (probably missing things because it was a pretty busy day!) -->
Basal cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma
Psoriasis treatment with UV light
TWO TIC removals on someone's torso
Scissoring/cutting off of skin tags
Lasering off armpit hair
Liquid nitrogen use on warts
Overall, a super neat day! The NP I followed saw patients of all ages that day. She was excellent at patient education and I got to learn a lot from her in the process. Derm is definitely an interesting field!
By the way -- did I tell you I was done with my weekly nursing home clinical rotations?! Well -- I am done! Almost done with clinical experiences for this semester. Looking forward to clinicals in the new year where I will mainly be working one on one with a NP.
I'll keep ya updated! I have family visiting and am very excited! :) Have a great weekend, everyone!