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Full Practice Authority and the DNP
October 29, 2014 3:43 PM by Julie Schreiner
In August 2013, California's SB 491 bill - which would allow full practice authority to California nurse practitioners - failed to get out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Senator Ed Hernandez took to the stand and fought for the SB 491 bill. 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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Establishing Your DNP Credibility
September 19, 2014 12:46 PM by Keischa Cash
Sometimes being the first of your kind is exciting, and sometimes it can be daunting and confusing. When I received my DNP I felt empowered, but I did not know where I would find my niche in an organization where there were no other doctoral-prepared 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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When the Nurse Wants to be Called Doctor
July 23, 2014 8:38 AM by Keischa Cash
Getting my DNP was challenging, but, unfortunately, my employer was not as supportive as I had hoped of my hard-earned achievement. When I received my doctorate I intended to introduce myself as Dr. Cash to patients and wanted staff to address me as such, Read More...
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Health Policy or Politics?
June 25, 2014 3:34 PM by Keischa Cash
The most recent 2014 legislative session was one of excitement and of woes. We saw states like Connecticut, New York and Minnesota get full practice authority legislation signed into law. With the exception of Nebraska's law that was passed unanimously Read More...
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Is a DNP Like an MD?
December 9, 2011 12:00 PM by Michael Zychowicz
Q: What can a primary care physician do that a DNP cannot? As I understand it they cannot admit a patient to a hospital. Are there other items? This is a great question. Many people are confused about how obtaining a DNP academic degree affects your scope Read More...
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Straight to DNP from BSN?
June 24, 2011 12:00 PM by Scott Governo
Here at the DNP Answers blog we take your questions about the DNP and answer them as best we can. This post is written by blogger Scott Governo, NP, who earned his DNP degree in 2011. Q: Will DNPs who went straight through school from BSN be ready for Read More...
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Should Nurses 'Do Their Time' Before DNP?
May 27, 2011 11:58 AM by Michael Zychowicz
Here at the DNP Answers blog we take your questions about the doctor of nursing practice degree and answer them as best we can. This post is written by blogger Michael Zychowicz, NP. Q: I haven't been a nurse that long (8 years total, 1 as an ACNP) but Read More...
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The DNP and Regulatory Standards for NPs
February 4, 2011 12:52 PM by Mai Kung
Here at the DNP Answers blog we take your questions about the DNP and answer them as best we can. This post is written by blogger Mai Kung, NP, a recent DNP graduate. Q: I've read any number of advantages cited for advanced practice nurses being required Read More...
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