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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Hello to everyone, and I hope you enjoy this ride along with
me as I continue into my second year of classes. Monday, July 8th marked the
beginning of the second year of nurse practitioner classes for me at Frontier
Each term I completed has been faced with a lot of
anticipation; however, this one is slightly different. Last term, ...
The real tragedy of getting a medical education is not the understanding of your own mortality or quantification of personal risk factors. It's not even the fact that friends and colleagues want you to look at something awful that is growing out of their body (I was sure that was a myth). It is the loss of good television.
An EMT friend of mine ...
It is tough for new nurses in accelerated nurse practitioner
courses to find a first job. A lot of the places willing to hire new grads want
them full time, which is impossible with the work load our training requires.
There are some employers that require new nurses to sign a binding agreement to
complete a certain amount of hours or pay a ...
Last month during the lull of winter break, I had a sudden
fear that I would not be able to find a job after graduation. I guess it was
because of the lull, no case studies to do, clinical hours completed for the
semester, and final grade deemed passing, that I had the time to contemplate a
life after school. This month, as my classes resume ...
I am currently in a
class called ''Societal Forces'' as a precursor to my first semester of
advanced assessment in the Adult/Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track.
The teachers are passionate and well informed. The speakers are excellent, but
the subject matter...The subject matter is frankly depressing. The class theme
seems to ...
I have developed a few fears recently, regarding my hopeful
future career as an NP. A few weeks ago, while at clinicals, I saw a patient
with vague non-specific complaints that did not relate to any one ailment. I
found the situation frustrating and asked my preceptor for guidance. It was
then that it hit me: What in the world would I have ...
There have been times in my nursing career when I have put
the pieces of a clinical picture together only to see something entirely
different than the treating physician. The picture I would see was not based
only on the lab work, or clinical manifestations of an illness, but was guided
by the narrative of the ...