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DNP Discussions

DNPs Giving Back
December 22, 2016 10:01 AM by Rebecca Bates
As 2016 draws to a close and I finish evaluating my students' progress in each of the DNP Essentials, I have been thinking about how to continue pushing myself also. For me, completing the DNP degree was a transformative experience. I started the DNP Read More...
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...
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...
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...
Meeting the Patient's Needs
October 22, 2014 1:48 PM by Walton Reddish
Ultimately, it is the job of the nurse to ascertain the wants and needs of the patient and, if legal, fair, and feasible, meet those wants and needs. In other words, find out what the patient wants (or needs) and give it to them. That job does not change Read More...
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...
Doctor vs. Doctor
July 9, 2014 8:36 AM by Julie Schreiner
Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil, your dentist, your therapist, your veterinarian, your attorney, your pharmacist, your professor, and yes, your nurse practitioner are all potentially doctors of something... but why has the American Medical Association and the American Read More...
The DNP in the ED
November 9, 2012 1:13 PM by Meg Carman
Q: Please describe the DNP role in your NP specialty. A: I will step up on my DNP soapbox once again to say that completing your DNP serves to open up a new way of thinking, a way to approach your practice. It is not an avenue for developing a new position Read More...
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...
Developing a PICOT Question
April 20, 2012 10:22 AM by Lisa Chism, NP
Q: I'm currently in a DNP program and I'm trying to fine tune my PICOT question. I want to focus my translational project on increasing the African American population on the bone marrow donor registry. African Americans tend to have low representation Read More...
Picking a Capstone Before Starting a DNP Program
March 30, 2012 10:34 AM by Meg Carman
Q: Hi, I am hoping to start my doctor of nursing practice program in the fall but would like to have a great capstone project ready to go for the application. I work as a CRNA now in a community hospital. There are so many issues that could be discussed, Read More...
How the DNP Changed Me
March 23, 2012 11:09 AM by Mai Kung
How has a doctor of nursing practice degree changed me? Simply stated, the DNP degree has given me the tools and provided me with opportunities to do what I aspired to do. When I went through my undergraduate and graduate programs all I wanted was to Read More...
How to Complete 1,000 Clinical Hours for the DNP
January 27, 2012 9:44 AM by Michael Zychowicz
Q: Although I support the addition of clinical time for an entry-level DNP (new to the APN role), I question the usefulness of my practicing additional hours after 11 years of practice, which has included formal precepting of MSN APN students and informal Read More...
Will Practicing NPs Be Pushed to Get DNPs?
October 3, 2011 11:50 AM by Mai Kung
Q: I recently completed my MSN as an FNP. Do you believe there will be a push for all MSNs to complete their DNP to be competitive with new DNP-prepared APRNs? A: The DNP movement has gained wide acceptance since the AACN announced its position statement Read More...
Response to the DNP Certification Exam
September 30, 2011 12:09 PM by Lisa Chism, NP
Q: What is your view of certification exams for DNP graduates? A: Regarding certification of APRNs, AACN supports national certification for all APRNs but currently does not recognize a certification exam that distinguishes between the master’s-level Read More...


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