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DNP Graduates: Agents of Social Change
January 18, 2017 10:31 AM by Rebecca Bates
As we prepare for a new POTUS , many of us are considering the imminent social changes that directly impact our patients and our profession. In September, we started precepting MSW students in addition to NP and CNS students in our free clinic. The students Read More...
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DNPs Giving Back
December 22, 2016 10:01 AM by Rebecca Bates
As 2016 draws to a close and I finish evaluating my students' progress in each of the DNP Essentials, I have been thinking about how to continue pushing myself also. For me, completing the DNP degree was a transformative experience. I started the DNP Read More...
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The Changing Seasons
November 21, 2016 10:59 AM by Rebecca Bates
To every thing there is a season... By the time you read this, we will have a new President-elect of the United States . At this time of year, many of us are preparing for a new legislative season not only in Congress but also in our state legislatures. Read More...
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Report on the 9th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference
October 18, 2016 8:52 AM by Rebecca Bates
I have had a most awesome week! The 9th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in Baltimore, held October 5-7, just concluded, and I was in attendance. The theme "Transforming Healthcare Through Collaboration" perfectly describes what DNPs are Read More...
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Full Practice Authority
August 12, 2016 8:34 AM by Rebecca Bates
How much do you know about full practice authority (FPA)? As NPs, we have state and federal laws and regulations that govern our practice. As we prepare for fall elections and legislative sessions in the new year, we all need to consider our ability to Read More...
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The DNP's Role in Healthcare Reform
July 15, 2016 8:35 AM by Rebecca Bates
Have you thought about how you're using your DNP in your practice? As I write this, a small group of us from my DNP graduating class are finalizing our first state DNP conference. We recognized that we have a national organization, Doctors of Nursing Read More...
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A DNP’s Role in Health Policy Efforts
April 6, 2016 8:38 AM by Rebecca Bates
In Virginia, our Legislative session ended two weeks ago. We have made some subtle progress in our move to full practice authority, but we still have many challenges. Our task is now to regroup and to plan a path forward in preparation for the next legislative Read More...
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Finding Your Passion
March 9, 2016 10:12 AM by Rebecca Bates
Have you ever wanted to be part of something bigger than yourself? Have you ever dreamed of changing the world? Advocating for health policy that directly affects the health of individuals and communities as well as our profession is one of the easiest Read More...
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DNPs & the Legislative Process
February 17, 2016 10:19 AM by Rebecca Bates
As we move through the legislative session in Virginia, I am reminded that there are multiple sides to each issue. As an APRN, I have worked in "green" states with full practice authority (FPA) and "red" states with restrictive practice regulations. The Read More...
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New Year Resolutions
January 6, 2016 12:28 PM by Rebecca Bates
Happy New Year! This morning, I completed a 10K. I am a runner and always start the New Year with a race. There is something about a group of people set on the same goal that encourages the best in everyone. Although I race throughout the year, this first Read More...
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The DNP: Developing New Policy Advocates
December 9, 2015 9:31 AM by Rebecca Bates
The DNP has the power to change healthcare. We have an obligation, as nurses and as patient advocates, to use our knowledge, skills and abilities to gain a seat at the table. As the largest healthcare workforce, with over 3.1 million registered nurses, Read More...
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Should We Be Certified As DNPs?
December 23, 2014 10:49 AM by Julie Schreiner
With the push for doctoral-level nurse practitioners, one of the major questions has been should NPs have to take an extended certification exam in order to be recognized as a Doctor of Nursing. This topic is highly controversial because most practice-based Read More...
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Recognizing Dermatology Issues in Primary Care
December 11, 2014 3:29 PM by Keischa Cash
Since changing from primary care to dermatology I have noticed there are a lot of basic skin issues that primary care providers overlook, and cannot correctly diagnose or properly manage in practice. Some examples are stasis dermatitis, psoriasis, tinea Read More...
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Eat Your Young Or Teach Your Young?
November 26, 2014 11:54 AM by Julie Schreiner
Last weekend I went to a fantastic pediatric conference and one of the talks was on preceptoring and how to be successful as a preceptor. During this talk they also gave a plethora of encouragement for NPs to become preceptors and asked those that had Read More...
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Transtheoretical Model for Change
November 19, 2014 10:33 AM by Walton Reddish
As healthcare providers and patient advocates, we are often faced with convincing our charges that a change is needed. Human nature is to resist change. Most of us settle into familiar routines in our lives and jobs and, no matter how inefficient or unhealthy Read More...
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