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DNP Graduates: Agents of Social Change
January 18, 2017 10:31 AM by Rebecca Bates
As we prepare for a new POTUS , many of us are considering the imminent social changes that directly impact our patients and our profession. In September, we started precepting MSW students in addition to NP and CNS students in our free clinic. The students Read More...
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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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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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Letting Go and Moving On
October 15, 2014 12:49 PM by Keischa Cash
Well I have told you about everything that I have gone through at the place where I work. I've been battling for recognition and respect, but when it came down to it I realized it was happiness that I wanted - a place where I could enjoy my profession 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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The Practical Doctorate in Other Health Disciplines
October 3, 2014 11:06 AM by Deonne Benedict
Since I seem to have lost a host of readers last post in my discussion of what we can learn from history, I will proceed with... more lessons from history. Never fear, I expect the next couple posts will be about nurse entrepreneurship, which seems to 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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