The new grad struggle is real.
I’m not going to sugar coat it—
The first year, I lived on saltines and ginger ale from stress-related stomach pain.
Every night, I drugged myself to sleep to shut my brain off (with benadryl, don't worry).
Every day, I drove white-knuckled to work, trying not to throw up my breakfast—
afraid of being caught off-guard by the symptoms patients would bring up (it was never on their "reason for visit" on the schedule... or they changed their mind and brought up something else entirely).
Wondering how I'd handle not knowing what to do, or if there'd be anyone around to ask questions.
(once, on my way to work—running through my scheduled patients in my mind—I accidentally cut-off the only other car on an empty highway. A police car. Driving in the fast lane... Eesh.)
You’re probably a better driver, but if you’re anything like most new grads, this is you, too.
When I started meeting regularly with a seasoned NP mentor, I could finally breathe.
Every Friday at lunch, I could count on sorting out the piled-up lab results, unfinished notes, and patient cases keeping me up at night (finally).
You deserve that relief, too, and I’m here to help.
Hi! I'm Liz Rohr.
I’m a primary care family nurse practitioner, and I made this website because:
- I wish I had it myself when I was new.
- There’s no “real world” curriculum in school— it's painful seeing new nurse practitioners struggle with the same issues again and again. (There's only so many people I can reach in person.)
- After a brush with burnout earlier this year, I reconnected with what lights me up: teaching and helping others succeed.
- I'm obsessed with learning and fascinated by medicine.
Since 2015, I've been a PCP with my own panel (1200+ when I was full-time). Today, I work part-time in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Boston, MA and run this site.
I've been a nurse for a decade, and got my BSN from Boston College and MSN from UCLA.
Credentials aside, I'm the kind of girl you'll find perusing Up-To-Date on her phone before bed— I can't help myself.
Technically, my teaching career started as a pathophysiology and pharmacology tutor in undergrad– but I like to think it started back in third grade, when my teacher asked me to show Mike Vacarro how to write short stories.
When I’m not poring over textbooks or crafting videos, you can find me snuggling my German Shepherd-mix, Charlie, reading Little Blue Truck for the 17th time in a row to my daughter, Amelia (that's us over there), or getting lost in my Nintendo Switch.
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