Scott Cuyjet, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Scott Cuyjet, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Hi. My name is Scott, and in addition to being a blogger, I am a son, a husband, a father of three, a nurse practitioner, a barefoot runner, a single-speed cyclist, a Bikram yoga practitioner, and a Humanist. I was born in Philadelphia but was raised on Oahu from the age of 5 until almost age 19, making me a Kama’aina. From there I moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in nursing, followed by a move to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I earned my master’s degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco and am currently raising my family. I am a family nurse practitioner but have settled into the niche of adolescent health. I see patients aged 12 to 25 in a county clinic that is run in collaboration with the surrounding high school district.

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November 9th, 2016

Social Media Is Bad for Kids’ Mental Health

I remember reading an article in ESPN about a 19-year-old woman who appeared to have the perfect life on social media, but who jumped off a parking structure to her death. I specifically recall the reactions of people close to her who could not imagine why she did this, as her life appeared so perfect. […]


August 31st, 2016

Why Men Shouldn’t Have to Do Pelvic Exams

I want to be totally honest up front and say that my real motivation for this blog post is that I don’t want to do any gyn/vaginal exams. I am uncomfortable doing something so intimate on a patient. After the exam, we would both know I had looked at, touched, or been inside the patient’s […]


July 27th, 2016

School Schedules Make for Sleepy Teens

As high school students wind down their summers, I am reminded of a study I read last year from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which concluded that most students at middle and high schools start their school day too early. Their early start times were disrupting their natural sleep pattern and subsequently leading to […]


June 16th, 2016

When Is It A Good Time to Retire?

I am only 47 years old, but I have been thinking about retirement. It’s not that I want to retire now, but when is a good time? I have been working for the same company for 17 years, and the idea of spending another 20 years there before reaching retirement age seems daunting. So, how […]


May 12th, 2016

Birth Control Without Rx: Will Women Get the Care They Need?

A new law went into effect in California on April 1 that enables women to receive a birth control prescription from a pharmacist. A similar law has been in effect in Oregon since the beginning of the year, but there is a significant difference between the two states’ laws. According to an article by The […]


April 6th, 2016

Providers Need Care Too

As a nurse practitioner, I was taught to not be too emotional or share too much about myself with my patients so as not to make the clinical visit about me. I have learned over time that being emotional and sharing does not come easily for me, nor is it always in the best interest […]


March 2nd, 2016

Think Outside the Scale

Consider the following case: An 18-year-old female patient with a body-mass index (BMI) of 43 and no other health issues is referred for gastric sleeve surgery. She has tried multiple diets in conjunction with being moderately active and at best has paused or slowed her weight gain. Her parents and one sibling are not overweight, but […]


January 27th, 2016

Should I Bare My Sole? Reflections on Patient-Provider Trust and Barefoot Running

When a patient who does something drastically different from the norm comes into a provider’s office, the initial thought might be, “That person is crazy!” These snap judgments and resulting body language can keep us from learning the rational, or irrational, explanation behind the behavior. I am fortunate that during my NP training, I was reminded that […]


December 16th, 2015

To Vaccinate Or Not

The other day I was riding my bike and thinking about how I am required to get a flu vaccine every year or wear a mask during the entire flu season, and this really irks me because I work really hard to be healthy and I don’t like being told I have to do something, […]


November 12th, 2015

Towards a Better Understanding of the Advanced Practice Provider’s Role

Recently, a registered nurse was demeaned for wearing a stethoscope in a beauty pageant by some who believe it is an instrument solely for use by doctors. Hopefully the consequent backlash resulted in educating the general public that it is a tool used by many in the medical profession. It was nice to see many […]


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