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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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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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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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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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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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What History Teaches Us About the Future
July 9, 2014 10:54 AM by Deonne Benedict
Although a 10 th grade history teacher sparked my interest in history through asking provocative questions, that interest remained dormant for many years. Other than occasionally surfing the History Channel, I didn’t know what a history enthusiast was… 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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Biological Science Components in DNP Education
June 15, 2012 10:30 AM by Mai Kung
Q: It has been my experience in my APN education that physicians do not care that an APN is "practicing medicine"; they just want us to have the knowledge of WHY we are making the decisions we are. We don't want to practice medicine. So, how much biological Read More...
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Will DNP Help Increase Scope?
March 18, 2011 12:49 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, a DNP student. Q: You quote the IOM report: “nurses should practice to the full extent of their education 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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