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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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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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The DNP Essentials
September 16, 2016 8:45 AM by Rebecca Bates
At the start of this school year, I am contemplating the DNP Essentials . As a DNP, how are you using the knowledge and skills acquired through your DNP coursework to impact healthcare outcomes? When was the last time you read the DNP Essentials and thought 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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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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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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Expert to Novice
November 18, 2014 4:04 PM by Keischa Cash
The last time I wrote about leaving my position in family practice and making the big leap into dermatology. Since then I have spent the last 5 weeks fully immersing myself into learning about dermatology. Needless to say, the last 5 weeks have been challenging Read More...
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The Health of the Community
October 8, 2014 2:56 PM by Deanna McCarthy
"Epidemiology" and "Health Indices of Urban Populations": these are the names of the two courses I am taking this semester. At first, I thought, What does this have to do with being an DNP? I am learning that it has a lot to do with being a DNP. You need Read More...
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The Practical Doctorate in Other Health Disciplines
October 3, 2014 11:06 AM by Deonne Benedict
Since I seem to have lost a host of readers last post in my discussion of what we can learn from history, I will proceed with... more lessons from history. Never fear, I expect the next couple posts will be about nurse entrepreneurship, which seems to Read More...
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Policy and the DNP
September 24, 2014 10:46 AM by Walton Reddish
For many DNPs - and nurses in general - politics and policy making are important tasks best left to someone else. As clinical nurse leaders, however, who is better suited to shape help medical policy than the DNP? Nurses are already well placed in various Read More...
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BSN to DNP
September 10, 2014 10:48 AM by Deanna McCarthy
BSN nurses are getting DNP degrees. What do you think about this? Personally, I am not happy about this fact. I have had my BSN since 1987 and my MSN since 1992. I don't think that a nurse who has had their BSN for only 5 years should be getting the same Read More...
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What are DNPs doing about mental health?
September 3, 2014 12:08 PM by Julie Schreiner
With the recent death of Robin Williams, mental health has certainly been in the forefront of many minds. It has been highlighted in the news media, conversations and, of course, the hearts of the many fans of the late actor. But what are we doing about Read More...
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NPs as PCPs
August 27, 2014 3:20 PM by Walton Reddish
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) first made headlines, a frequent topic in the media has been the shortage of primary care providers (PCPs) to accommodate the influx of newly insured patients. At the time of its implementation, it was estimated that Read More...
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Leading Evidence-Based Practice
August 6, 2014 12:53 PM by Julie Schreiner
Evidence-based practice...we heard about it throughout nursing school and into our master's degrees; you hear the phrase in almost every health profession and in discussions regarding our current healthcare system. However, it wasn't until my DNP education Read More...
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DNP Programs: Are They All the Same?
July 30, 2014 1:16 PM by Walton Reddish
In 2004, the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) proposed that the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) should be the entry level for Advanced Practice Nurses (APN). A year later, the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) announced Read More...
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