Friday, May 30, 2014


Well, the day I thought would never come, actually came and went. We graduated! We made it through tests, all-nighters, practicals, master's projects, rotations, and even our boards! After letting the finality of it all sink in, I realize I have some major thanks to dole out. So here goes!

To everyone in Rochester:
To my co-workers, Nurses, PAs, and Physicians who pushed me to work hard, taught me how to cast and splint, let me observe in the OR, and wrote me recommendations - thank you! I miss you all. 

To my family:
You continually pushed me to apply to schools and encouraged me never to give up (even when I wanted to quit). Thank you for taking me out to dinner, bringing me dinner and even understanding when I had to study during dinner! For that and more I thank you.

To my friends near and far:
Thank you for understanding how hectic and crazy school was for me. Thank you for the calls, support and love. But mostly, thank you for understanding when I was absent from showers, bachelorette parties, weddings and other celebrations. 

To Andrea and Christie:
You two are my PA School support system and best friends. You were there every step of the way. I’m not sure what we did more of: laugh, cry or study. Thanks for the love, wine nights, and countless margaritas at the Cantina. I could not have done it without you two. 

To Travis, my incredible husband:
Thank you for the thousands of miles and hours you spent in the car just to spend two quick nights with me at school. Those weekends were the very best. Thank you for the letters, calls and the vacations we took together to make school that much more feasible. I love you. 

With sincerest gratitude,  
Maureen Hannan-Tufte, PA-C

Friday, May 16, 2014

I AM DONE! (well almost)

Here are some of the things that have been on my mind recently....

1. PACKING. And no, not packing for Hawaii. That is a whole separate thing. The real question is how am I suppose to pack for 16 days in Europe with just 1 suitcase? If you know me, or worse yet if you have traveled with me, you know the problem I am faced with. Not to mention, Travis is giving me the smaller luggage so as to avoid the fact that the more space I have, the more things I will bring, bringing the weight to approximately 75 pounds, and costing him 100 extra dollars. So what is a girl to do? Seriously, people help me. HELP ME. 

2. BOARDS. This should probably be listed as number one, but really I am slightly more worried about the packing. I have scheduled them for the end of May (just 2 short days before we depart) in the hopes of just taking them and getting them out of the way. Plus, people have been saying it is smart to take them right away when all of this stuff is fresh in our minds. I am just worried about receiving my results via email in Europe. I asked Travis what would happen if I passed, he said, "We drink!" And then I asked what would happen if I fail, he said, "We drink!" Touché Travis, touché. 

3. TIME. Things are all of a sudden happening very quickly. Just the other day Travis and I sat down to look at a calendar and discuss our summer and the move. After we come back from our trip we have only TWO free weekends left on the continental United States. How is this possible? I need more time. More time to travel on the East Coast, to visit friends, and to say goodbye. I know it's not like we are moving to another country, but I don't know how much we will be able to come back over the next three years.

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