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  • Celebrating NP Week!

    Nurse Practitioner Week is November 9-15, 2014 and as of 2014, there are more than 192,000 NPs in the US. That's up from 140,000 in 2010 - a huge jump that is expected to rise to 244,000 by 2025! Since I first entered my master's NP program, I have been involved with my local chapter of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners. I have had so ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on November 10, 2014
  • Q& A with Dr. Debra: More on Rashes

    When starting in dermatology, most people look for the dermatology books with pictures and treatment. However, some skip the step of understanding what is happening in the skin and the reason for the morphology seen. Once again, I will recommend the Principles of Dermatology by Lookingbill and Marks. It is helpful to get the principles of ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on November 6, 2014
  • Just Breathe

    I'm Fawn Workman and I am a brand new MSN graduate. I'm so new that I'm still waiting for a test date for my FNP boards! I'm glad you have come to read about my thoughts and musings on my first year as an NP. Since April, I have logged several thousand miles driving for clinical in another state while living with family members. I've also flown ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on October 31, 2014
  • Keeping Up with Being a DNP

    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 am overtaken by the amount of research, policy updates, world news and continuing education I ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on October 1, 2014
  • Picking Your Battles

    Ladies and gentleman, I need a vacation. As term two of my NP journey comes to an end, I realize that I have spent way too much time on work and school. While I'm happy with my 4.0, my brain has that fuzzy, fried feeling. The kiddo is showing signs of neglect (or at least his laundry is).  Hubby is claiming he doesn't remember what a meal ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 30, 2014
  • BSN to DNP

    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 degree, a DNP, as I am getting when I complete this program. In trying to rationalize ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on September 10, 2014
  • DNP Essential: Leadership 2.0

    The American Association of Colleges of Nursing published the ''The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing'' in 2006. There are eight essentials outlining the required competencies of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate. The second essential pertains to leadership and emphasizes the DNP's ability to facilitate ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 29, 2014
  • Summer Quandary

    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 I have ever been through. This past semester I took Pharmacology and Physical Assessment with a ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • The Delicate Balancing Act

    Currently, as I try to write this blog post, I have a Chihuahua under my feet and a 7-year-old leaning against my arm. One term into my journey to become a nurse practitioner and I’ve already had moments thinking, What did I get myself into? and, What was I thinking? Balance is not easy. Coffee has become my best friend. But a balance for ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 8, 2014
  • Why Didn't You Just Become a Doctor?

    After becoming a nurse practitioner and then deciding to obtain my doctor of nursing practice, I have been asked this question many times by patients, friends, family members, and even strangers. My short answer, which truly sums it up, is, ''because I like the nursing aspect.'' But what is the ‘nursing aspect'?  In 1860, Florence ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 1, 2014
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