Who would have believed this to be true, yet again? My experience in life has proven over and over and over again that everything in life that I believed happened "to" me, has actually happened for a good reason and has indeed happened "FOR" me. My most recent life experience in my professional life as a Nurse Practitioner is where i was feeling attacked, traumatized, harassed by the regulators in the system for over 10 months. Keep in mind, I am not condoning how they treat registered members nor do I support their processes or their methods of decision-making, however I am focused here on how I am reacting to what is happening in my life. Sometimes when traumatic things happen that drive us to feeling depressed, angry, harassed, leads to feeling of hopelessness, helplessness...its VERY tough to work your way out of that state of mind. Especially when it is very traumatic and takes away from you something that is very important, it is even harder to tolerate and to think differently about! It creates depression and fear for the future. Once you hit what you believe is rock bottom, its the place where the RESET button resides. There is no choice but to hit that button, because you just KNOW at that point that you CANNOT carry on as you have been! As a Nurse Practitioner, working towards autonomy and independence has been the most rewarding and eye-opening experience of my whole life. Especially working outside of the public system has created many realizations about just how BAD our health care system is on so many levels. By being independent, it has allowed me to practice true patient-centered care. Wow, working inside the public system never allowed this to happen because of philosophy and time issues and the structure of the practice settings. What a number of AHA moments I have had over these several years of independent practice! Its amazing and scary all at the same time! This is one reason that I created a program for nurse practitioners to do a "kick start" towards independence, develop belief in the true role of NP as it is meant to be. The other reason is that I truly believe every patient needs to experience the true care of an NP and that every NP needs to have the opportunity to provide care the way they KNOW they were always meant to!
Diane Gudmundson Nurse Practitioner, Entrepreneur in Manitoba, Canada
Irrationally Passionate about defending and advocating for the NP role, outstanding care for patients, supporting and promoting NP’s and with Fitness and Nutrition / disease prevention and de-prescribing!
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Diane Gudmundson has been an NP for over 14 years. She has a passion for the value and uniqueness of the NP role in our health care system.