#WCW - Meet Courtney Blakely, RN-BSN


Meet Courtney Blakely, RN-BSN. She is currently a Neuroscience ICU nurse. As well as being a nurse, she is also a pageant girl and was featured on Hooter's recent calendar. She is also the founder of "Spark Your Magic", which is a youth outreach program. You can follow her on Instagram at (@courtney_blakley), and you can stay up to date with "Spark Your Magic" on Instagram as well as at @Spark_Your_Magic

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's 6th Edition -- Love it or Leave it


What is an EKG (electrocardiogram)?
It is a tracing the represents the heart's electrical activity through small electrodes that are placed on a patient's skin. EKG's are quick and painless, and those very tracings, that seem foreign to the untrained eye, provides important information about the patient's heart. EKGs can: check your heart rhythm, see if you have poor blood flow to the heart muscle (ischemia), diagnose a heart attack, and check on things that are abnormal, such as thickened heart muscle. In fact, the EKG is the initial test of choice for those patients that are complaining of chest pain or difficulty breathing.

White Coat Dreams: It's More Than Just A Hashtag


What is “White Coat Dreams?”


What started out as a hashtag #WhiteCoatDreams I used during my junior year during undergrad has now transpired into a blog/brand that inspires others to achieve their dreams in the medical field and in their careers. Did I think that this “hashtag” that I used to frequently motivate myself through college had inspirational potential? – UH NO…but it did, and I am humbled by those that are inspired through my journey to becoming a Physician Assistant. Every day, I get questions from those who are aspiring to be in my shoes, and I’m consistently asked about the inspiration behind “White Coat Dreams.” Although the answer seems simple, its transformation has been complex! This journey has NOT been easy, but if it was easy, anyone could do it. 

What I'm Leaving Behind in 2017


As 2017 comes to an end (which I'm trying to wrap my mind around how and where this year went), there are some things that I cannot bring into 2018 or for the years to come. I know everyone is on this "New Year, New Me" kick, which is okay, but instead of making these changes for one year only, I am making lifetime changes that are going to follow me for the years to come.

Quarter 4 Is Complete !! (AKA I Completed My 1st Year of PA School)


Hello everyone!

I know it has been a while (sorry!), but quarter 4 kept me busy, so I was not able to blog as much. This quarter was BY FAR the most challenging academically. We took 23 credit hours (which sounds like a lot, but honestly, that is the norm, lol) with 5 classes + ALE. Along with our normal course work, we had to get BLS re-certified, ACLS certified, several suture labs, patient women and we also participated in United Way. So, I was pretty busy this past quarter! Overall, I am glad that it is over with! And, I am also happy to say that I have completed my FIRST year of PA school!!! I cannot believe that I am halfway to PA-C, and I start rotations in 3 months .

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