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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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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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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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The Awareness Wheel
May 18, 2016 9:21 AM by Rebecca Bates
As I reflect over the past legislative session and more recently over my past week as I met with each of my bosses and collaborators as well as legislators and other elected officials, I thought I would share a helpful communication tool I learned while 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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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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