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Are We Practicing What We Preach To Our Patients?

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Written by Janie Charlot FNP-C

 

 

Just a few years back as I was leaving work one evening from a hospital, I could not help but to observe several people in the designated smoking area. Half of those people were hospital staff, and the other half were visitors and patients. At that moment I began to think about my purpose for promoting a life of good health. I knew it was my job to teach healthy habits to others, but at that moment I realized I needed to illustrate a life of healthy habits as well. It wasn’t just enough for me to be able to teach others, I needed to be able to put it into practice too!

 

Although we may be doctors, nurses, therapist, nutritionist, etc.; We are still subject to the same temptations of smoking, alcohol, caffeine, over-eating, stress, drug use, and the ins and outs of life.  When I walked out of the hospital that day, it occurred to me:  What would I have thought as a patient if I had seen my Healthcare Provider lighting up another one in the designated smoking area? It is definitely something to think about. Are we reflecting the picture of health in ourselves that we expect out of our patients? Can patients really trust what we are saying about nutrition and heart disease if we are severely overweight and smokers ourselves?

 

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I don’t have any statistical data to rattle off (although studies are out there), but being in the healthcare industry for many years, I can tell you that as healthcare providers we have to practice what we preach. I use WE, because it applies to me and all those delivering healthcare in some fashion to the public.

 

Here’s what I have found that may hinder healthcare providers from portraying the look of perfect health to their patients:

 

High Stress Positions

Outside demands such as low customer service scores, high patient volume, low reimbursement from insurance companies, staffing & workflow issues, no paid time off, & outside competition often place stress on healthcare providers.

 

Feelings that the same statistics and guidelines don’t apply to them 

Many healthcare providers do not have a PCP (Primary Care Provider) themselves. Therefore, many national screening guidelines such as yearly physicals, cholesterol checks, blood sugars, mammograms, etc. are going undone by healthcare providers. Consequently, chronic diseases can easily set in.

 

Lack of Balanced Life

Healthcare providers often spends a great deal of time caring for their patients, families, and communities that they fail to maintain a healthy lifestyle for themselves. Easy to pick up food or even office deliveries lead to eating unhealthy and  over-indulging. Long work hours can hinder  time dedicated for exercise.

 

 

 

With more and more people having access to care and choosing to visit their healthcare providers more often, we have to be able to practice what we preach! We want our patients to be able to trust us and that requires preaching and practicing the part!

 

Why Did I Become A Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur-Thinking Outside the Box  By: Janie Charlot FNP-C

 


 

Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurship is an area most often lightly treaded by many. Why you ask? Well, because of the barriers. The barriers to Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurship includes many, but some are lack of the nurse practitioner to operate in a business like profitable manner, start-up cost, billing, increasing cost of malpractice insurance, lack of marketing resources, criticism from physicians about the independent role, physician collaboration laws, lack of financial resources, the need to cover own healthcare benefits and retirement plans, and let’s not forget the inability to think outside the box.    Now, let’s discuss why Entrepreneurship of Nurse Practitioners can be a rewarding career. Nurse Practitioners are a very valuable asset to the healthcare industry. They are utilized to generate revenue, deliver healthcare in rural areas that many physicians do not want to commute to, being requested by patients, are educated with the skillset and knowledge of a nursing background, and can work independently. Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurs have the authority to finance, organize, plan, and operate their own businesses. They can reclaim their power, increase their visibility, and direct their determination and creativity at their own pace and on their own terms. Today, Nurse Practitioner entrepreneurs are serving in various roles such as acute care, gerontology, home health, primary care, community health, fitness, independent contracting, long term care, and urgent care just to name a few.

 

What does it take to be a Nurse Practitioner entrepreneur? My first thought is the PASSION and LOVE for the healthcare industry. We all know that healthcare encompasses so many areas such as psychology, cardiology, physical therapy, counseling, pharmaceutics, teaching, etc. It really doesn’t matter which area you decide on, but what does matter is the passion and on-going pursuit to make it a success–This if often the difference between a business’s success and failure. After passion, follows excellent interpersonal skills, business knowledge, ability to merge nursing skills with business skills, independence, flexibility, assertiveness, vision, ability to handle stress, discipline, ability to make decisions, ability to manage time alone, high level of energy, ability to accept failure, and commitment to the work.

 

When I set out to be a nurse practitioner Entrepreneur, I wanted to wake up each morning feeling enthusiastic, passionate, and sure of myself that I was contributing to my part in the world. I set out to establish NP’sHired, LLC as an independent contracting company to provide quality medical consultations, treatment, and management of acute and chronic diseases to businesses, individuals, and communities by board certified family nurse practitioners who had acquired the educational requirements and training to assess, diagnoses, and treat various health conditions. We are an Atlanta, GA based company with services that can be provided to those across the world both nationally and internationally such as our health, fitness & coaching program. Through Entrepreneurship with this company, I have been afforded opportunities to work in urgent care settings, work with sports teams, work with the You Fit Health Clubs in the Atlanta area, chiropractors, speaking engagements, establish weight loss programs for other providers in their practices, form the Change Your BIO (Body Inside & Out) health and fitness program with colleague Rachelle Campbell-FNP who practices in Dallas, TX, and so much more. NP’sHired, LLC has allowed me to bridge the gap in healthcare, set my own destiny, pursue my passion in healthcare on my own terms, change lives, and it has taught me valuable lessons about determination, resiliency, and breaking down barriers.

 

Nurse Practitioners are providing high quality, cost effective, and patient centered care. Nurse Practitioners will lead as the Primary Care Provider of choice to millions in the years to come. Think outside the box, Think Entrepreneurship!

Learn More about NP’s Hired, LLC

www.nphired.com

https://www.facebook.com/nphired

https://www.facebook.com/changeyourbio

 

 

About Change Your BIO

We are Certified Family Nurse Practitioners who have teamed up to provide individuals with the necessary tools, education, coaching, and plans to gain and maintain a life of good HEALTH from the expertise and guidance of Health Practitioners. We know that being healthy consists of knowing and taking care of your Body Inside & Out (BIO).