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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Leading Evidence-Based Practice
August 6, 2014 12:53 PM by Julie Schreiner
Evidence-based practice...we heard about it throughout nursing school and into our master's degrees; you hear the phrase in almost every health profession and in discussions regarding our current healthcare system. However, it wasn't until my DNP education Read More...
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