So a lot of nurses
can be nervous about
being able to prescribe medicine
as a nurse practitioner.
It's a huge responsibility, right?
But there's some things
you can definitely do.
And then a whole
mindset shift to kind of
And so the first is when
you're nervous look it up.
Epocrates is a great app.
You can go in, make sure nothing
is going to be contraindicated,
Make sure you know how it works.
So you can say like,
"Hey, you know, if this
person's kidneys aren't great,
are we filtering it through there?
What are we looking at?"
Feel free to call pharmacists.
Pharmacists are not scary.
They call up your
local pharmacy and be like,
"Hey, is this okay? They're on this.
I was going to add this."
They'll let you know,
really quickly if it's a go or not.
And just run it by a colleague.
I can't tell you how many times
in the first year I just said,
"I'm going to throw somebody on
this for their blood pressure."
run a few details by them.
They might have a different medicine
or something where they would say,
"Hey, I think that's
a great idea or not."
The fear honestly goes
away pretty quickly."
In the beginning, you're going to
look up everything on and on and on.
And as you get more comfortable
with it, it's going to get easier.
And the biggest thing
I would probably say
surrounding all of this is
you are going to probably
narrow it down to 20 meds
you prescribe all the time, right?
And you're going to get
really familiar with those.
You're going to know the nuances
of them, what the side effects are.
You're going to have your whole --
you're going to be
comfortable with them.
And to be honest, most people
you have your little box of 20
and you rarely stray outside of it.
So it's not like you have to
know absolutely everything
that school kind of
shows you you will
because you're going to have
your little comfort group
and that makes it a lot more,
it gives you a lot of peace of mind
when you know,
these are my friends.
I'm used to hanging
out with these friends
and if we stray outside, we have
resources like the pharmacy,
you pocket is all of that,
but it's really not a whole lot
at the end of the day.