The first week I started working as a nurse practitioner, I had a patient who presented with some vague complaints. I noticed he was a little jaundiced, so I ordered some liver enzymes. They were elevated, so I ordered a computed tomography (CT) scan of abdomen.

The patient went to the ED, so he could get the CT quickly. It turned out he had liver cancer. He was then sent to a major university and had surgery and chemotherapy. I spoke to his wife, who told me the patient was doing a little better, and she thanked me for treating him and finding out what was wrong. This makes me proud to be a NP!