This month is labeled “Gratitude Month” at Johnson Dermatology. All month we attempt to have attitudes of gratitude. We thank our patients with sales and we tell each other all the things we are grateful for this year. It’s an amazing month. My favorite month of the year. As I scrolled through Facebook last night I saw a post from a Rodan and Fields consultant that bothered me.
It didnt bother me that she said her product is better than prescription medicines but that her information felt misconstrued. My understanding as a Dermatology APRN for the past six years is that the FDA mandates expiration dates and the medicine is effective until that date. I immediately felt the need to write a response about how I felt. I wanted people to know the medical, scientific truth. However, I kept scrolling and instead wrote down things I’m grateful for in regards to this topic. What I have to be thankful for and grateful for far outweighs the people trying to mislead or confuse others about what is best for their skin. I found myself in an excellent mood rather than the probable terrible mood I would have been in fighting the keyboard warriors about prescription acne medications. I wanted to share with you all some of the things I wrote down.
- I’m thankful for my education. I got to spend 4 years at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville learning from some of the best nurses in the state! I was blessed to spend another four years at one of the first nurse practitioner programs in Arkansas at University of Central Arkansas. I am so thankful for my education that gives me the confidence and knowledge to help people with their skin!
- I’m thankful for science and research! I get to give patients advice on their skin that is proven to work. I can sleep at night knowing the science is there to back up my decisions. It’s an amazing gift God gave us, science!
- I’m thankful for social media. I get to connect with people I would not normally get to before their appointments with me. How many of you have watched me inject Botox on Facebook before you ever came to see me? I am so grateful you watch and so thankful for the relationships I’ve made on social media.
- I’m thankful for my mentors. Dr. Brad and Dr. Sandy shared their knowledge and taught me for 6 months before I started seeing patients alone. When I worked as an NP in ER you know how much training I got? 3 days. It was three twelve hour shifts of see one, do one, teach one and I was off to the races. Thankfully I had spent 7 years in ICU as an RN but still! I’m thankful they are there every day and still are molding me everyday. You learn something everyday and these two brainiacs are still teaching me! Thank you!
- I’m thankful for my team. Honey is the mustard to my pretzel, the cheese to my wine, the Nutella to my banana. I couldn’t give the care I give without her. My pod team, the front staff, the lab….. I could go on and on! I’m so grateful to have a team that allows for empathetic, effective, empowering and efficient care at JD!
I hope next time you or I feel annoyed we can always try to focus on what we are grateful for instead of going down a rabbit hole. I am so thankful, grateful and blessed to be able to care for peoples skin. Thankful for my readers of this blog.
I’m ready to start Gratitude week with a bang! We had a few cancellations on Friday so if you still want in on the 20% off this week e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org! You can also come to our open house to buy product or watch a live VelaShape treatment on November 27 from 5-7pm.
Feeling Thankful, Grateful, Blessed and Botox Obsessed, Nina