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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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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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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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Keeping Up with Being a DNP
October 1, 2014 4:04 PM by Julie Schreiner
When I became a nurse practitioner, I was overwhelmed with the amount of information I had to retain from school. On top of that, keeping up with the most up-to-date research to support my clinical practice was hard, too. Now, as a Doctor of Nursing I 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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DNP vs MD vs RN
August 20, 2014 3:40 PM by Keischa Cash
I had an interesting experience last week when a patient of mine that I referred to ENT within my clinic called to ask to be referred to another provider. Apparently, this patient - who thinks very highly of me and my work ethic - went to see the specialty Read More...
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Summer Quandary
July 16, 2014 10:46 AM by Deanna McCarthy
After waking up from my nap, (yeah, I know, a nap!) I started thinking about going back to school next month. I have been spoiled this summer - even though I am working, I feel like I am on vacation. This summer followed the most difficult semester that Read More...
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