Michelle Lew

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I’m a mom that an urgent care nurse practitioner. The purpose of my Instagram is connect with other to discuss the reality of motherhood and healthcare. I offer advice to nursing students on how to succeed and comfort mothers (or father) in parenthood through my failures and success. Sometime it’s difficult when you see/hear about picture perfect moms in the media and I went to provide some reassurance that they are not alone. Same thing in medicine. There’s so much pressure to not make a mistake. The anxiety that no one really talks about because “you have to fake it until you make it” attitude we have in healthcare.

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To be honest, it’s not that comfortable of a chair. But feel free to sit go there if you want to chart your own visit 🤣 Has this happened to you before? . . . . . ➕follow @the.np.mom for more

Recap of my traveling day from Seattle to Soeul. I flew with Korea Air, and our flight was delayed by around 50 minutes due to the weather. This was my first time flying with them and I had no issues. The 10-hour direct flight was comfortable, with two delicious meals (minus the cold bread) and a snack. This shouldn’t be a surprise but all the flight attendants had AMAZING skin, lol. If you’re in need of a little mid-flight pampering, the plane has a facial essence in the lavatory. I flew into Incheon International Airport, got my prepaid SIM card for my phone (I got the unlimited data one), and headed to the parking lot to look for my car/driver. I’m staying in Gangnam (yes, like the song!) and it took 1 hour to get to the hotel from the airport with no traffic. 𝐊𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲: ✈️ Skip the airport currency exchange with its low rate and hefty $12.95 fee, get it from your bank before your trip. You might be able to exchange currency at your hotel. ✈️ Korean Air doesn’t offer in-flight wifi, so pack entertainment. ✈️ Register for a Q-CODE, a free COVID questionnaire, within 3 days of traveling. With this QR code, you’re able to scan it at custom and this will expedite getting you through. Join me this week while I take a break from nursing content and dive into a week of discovering Seoul as a skincare influencer. 🫶🫶🫶

I know it’s fine that I can leave on a trip without my kids but this emotional roller coaster, especially in the 48 hours has been an all time high. On one hand, I’m excited for the opportunity this trip brings and the idea of being able to do what I want without kids. On the other hand, I’m feeling sad and guilty for leaving my little ones behind. This emotional roller coaster of motherhood is real. I know it’s okay to feel conflicted and to experience a range of emotions. With that being said, please drop some words of encouragement down below. ♥️♥️♥️

When it comes to taking a chance, it’s easy to let fear hold us back. We worry about what could go wrong and convince ourselves that it’s better to play it safe and not do it. But the truth is, the only way to truly gain something is to take a risk and try. When you don’t take a chance, you 100% will miss out on the opportunity for growth and success. You’ll never know what could have been and that question of, “what if” is always linger. Sure, you might fail but that’s how you learn and grow! How many times in the past did you think you were going to fail a test but ended up pasting? What about when you interviewed for a job and thought you bombed the interview, only to get a job offer? Or when you didn’t think you should get a patient’s vein and ending up getting it on the first try? Take a deep breath - believe in yourself and your abilities, and shoot your shot. You’ll be surprised by what you can achieve when you don’t let fear dictate your actions. ✨ Like, share, and follow @the.np.mom for more

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I love being a nursing practitioner and would do it all over again. However, there are some cons of this career. I’ve already shared some of the pros so let me share some of the cons. 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘳: 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘴 𝘐 𝘥𝘰 (𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬!). ▫️Even though nurse practitioners have been around for 50+ years, I still meet people that have no idea what a nurse practitioner is. While I enjoy educating people on this topic, it can get very repetitive. ▫️ NP education can vary greatly between institutions. Unlike medical school or PA school, NP curriculum is not standardized so this means NPs working in the same area can having very different training. ▫️ Being an NP can be isolating because I sometimes don’t feel like I can fit in with the nursing staff and I’m not a physician so I don’t fit in with the other physicians. This def could be the imposter syndrome but I feel this way more when I’m at a conference/meeting and I’m the only NP there. For my experienced NPs - share some cons you might have about this profession.

Happy Lunar New Year! Interesting fact: While most people are celebrating the year of the rabbit, in Vietnam - we celebrate the cat. There are many theories on why this is. When I was younger, the stories I read included both the cat and the rabbit in the race. The rat push the cat into the river, causing the cat to not make it to the end of the race in time to be one of the zodiac animals. Another theory says Vietnam honors the cat instead of the rabbit because it kept the rats out of the rice fields and rice is a HUGE part of Vietnam. Another theory (this one probably makes the most sense!) is that the Vietnamese word for cat (meo) is very similar to the Chinese word for rabbit (mao) so it was translated over differently. People born in the year of the cat are assessed as intelligent, clever, agile and subtle, with a far-sighted vision. They often treat people with enthusiasm and kindness, and are always ready to help others when they are in need. At work and in life, these people are quick-witted, intelligent, imaginative and clear-headed, so they can succeed in areas that need precise calculation, business or art. Being optimistic, honest, and easy to forgive others and adapting to any situation are also their outstanding characteristics. Let me know what zodiac animal you are below!

I often get asked in my DMs about the salary of a nurse practitioner (NP) and while I don’t mind sharing my personal experience, I want to save you some time (and tears!) by saying that if you’re solely considering becoming an NP for the money, it’s not worth it. While nurse practitioners do earn more than registered nurses, it’s important to consider the additional education and training required to become an NP, as well as the added responsibilities and stress that come with the role. In some cases, staying in the RN role or becoming a travel nurse can provide you with the same income, if not more. Once you become an NP, the financial rewards may be greater, but so are the responsibilities. NPs are responsible for diagnosing and treating patients, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and prescribing medications. They also spend more time on administrative tasks and are required to meet certain continuing education requirements to maintain their license. This added responsibility can mean more stress, longer hours, and more pressure to make difficult medical decisions. It’s also worth mentioning that salary varies depending on where you live. Areas with a higher cost of living will pay more than areas where the cost of living is lower. Being a nurse practitioner is an amazing career and I would recommend it, but make sure you’re going into it for the right reasons. NPs - I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

There are none because I still have bills to pay but all jokes aside, being an NP is pretty awesome and here is why I chose to be a nurse practitioner ⬇️⬇️⬇️ The flexibility of being a nurse practitioner is one of the most appealing reasons for choosing this career path. When I was younger, I knew I wanted to work in healthcare. I wanted to take care of patients but wasn’t exactly sure in what capacity. I ended up torn between nursing and medical school. I ended up choosing nursing because I ultimately wanted to be able to work in different specialties without having to do another residency. I’m happy in urgent care at this time but I love knowing that I can switch to a different speciality if my interest changes. In addition, I can continue my education and expand my scope of practice with different post-masters programs in areas like pediatrics, geriatrics, acute care, or psych. In most states in the US, nurse practitioners have full autonomy. I get to diagnose and treat patients independently. I also have the option of opening up my own practice and be my own medical director (but I have no interest to do that at this time, I just like having that option). According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners jobs are projected to grow by 40% from 2021 to 2031. This means that I have pretty good job security! Overall, I’m extremely satisfy with my choice to become a nurse practitioner. There are a few cons (just like there is with any other job), so let me know if you would be interested in a video like that below.

Here are my top three podcast recommendations for urgent care: 1️⃣ Urgent Care Rap from @hippoeducation. If you’ve been following me for a while for urgent care content, you know that this is one of my favorite podcast to recommend. Each episode is packed full of information on various topics that you’ll likely see that day. They offer a free chapter each month or you can use your CME benefits to pay for a subscription. 2️⃣ emergency Medicine Cases from @emergencymedicinecases. As the name implies, this podcast is more for emergency medicine but I love learning about these cases. One of our main objective when a patient comes into urgent care is to demand if the patient is so sick where they need emergency care or if they can be treated outpatient. This podcast gives you an insight to what the emergency room would do to see if you’re able to manage this case at your particular urgent care or if you need to send them out. 3️⃣ The Clinical Problem Solver from @cpsolvers. Another podcast that I recently discovered and is now a must recommendation, especially for new grads. This podcast goes through different patient scenarios and explain their clinical reasoning and decision-making. I think this podcast is meant more for internal medicine, but they makes complex concepts easy to digest. Make sure to ✨like, save, and share with a friend you think this would fine this helpful ✨ ➕ follow @the.np.mom for more

I really 𝐝𝐢𝐝 pay attention in school! ________________________________ I’m case you haven’t heard, being nurse practitioner rank #1 in Best Health Care Jobs according to @usnews. It also rank #2 in the 100 Best Jobs and Best STEM Jobs. I took a peek at at their website and saw that the score for salary, job market, and future growth as a nurse practitioner was pretty high but the score for work life balance and stress was 4/10. Check my stories for the full score card. Drop a 👏 if you’re a nurse practitioner below!

Freaking mirrors! . . . . . . . . ➕ follow @the.np.mom for more ♥️ like, save, and share

It can be disheartening and demoralizing to hear an instructor tell you that you won’t make it in nursing because of your grades. It really baffles me to see how often this actually happens. However, it’s important to remember that grades are just one aspect of your potential as a nurse. There are many other factors that contribute to success in the field of nursing, such as passion, dedication, and a strong work ethic. These qualities can often outweigh any deficiencies in grades. It’s also important to remember that grades are not a fixed and permanent measure of your intelligence or ability. With hard work and determination, you can improve your grades and prove to your instructor (and yourself) that you have what it takes to succeed in nursing. Don’t let anyone’s negative words or doubts hold you back from pursuing your dreams. Believe in yourself and your abilities, and don’t give up on your goals. ✨like, save, and share✨ ➕ follow @the.np.mom for more

Becoming a mom and a nurse practitioner has been a journey that has brought me great joy and fulfillment. As a mom, I have learned to prioritize and manage my time. Balancing the demands of work and family can be challenging at times, but seeing my children grow and develop has been a reward beyond measure. I have also learned to be more patient and understanding, as parenting requires a lot of flexibility and the ability to adapt to new situations. As a nurse practitioner, I have been able to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the lives of my patients. It can be a demanding and stressful job at times, but seeing the difference I am able to make in the health and well-being of others is what keeps me motivated. I am constantly learning and growing as a person through these experiences. It has not always been easy, but it has definitely been worth it ♥

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