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Getting my DNP was challenging, but, unfortunately, my employer was not as supportive as I had hoped of my hard-earned achievement. When I received my doctorate I intended to introduce myself as Dr. Cash to patients and wanted staff to address me as such, as well. I found out this would be harder than I thought.
The organization I work for is ...
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 ...
The last few months have been a balancing act, but one that I am enjoying. In the last two months I have been back in my Emergency Room working as a provider. I have been very fortunate that the staff that I previously worked with as a nurse have accepted me in my new role and continue to work with me in an efficient and professional manner. I ...
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 ...
For years I have counseled new graduates to hold off on
applying for jobs not only until they had graduated, but ideally until they had
a date scheduled to take their boards. I based my advice on feedback from
In many states, passing the boards would legally permit new
grad NPs to practice, however they could not be ...
The last month has been a whirlwind. Each and every shift
has provided me the opportunity to put my didactic lessons into play.
Delegating has made my life easier and knowing what everyone in the office can
and cannot do is immensely helpful.
The patient population has been good. Most patients are
receptive and willing to listen to what you ...
As the holiday season approaches it has become clear to me that
''Yes, Linda, there is a Santa Claus.'' Registering for the winter
semester it was mentioned by my advisor that in May my clinical time begins.
This day has seemed to be off in a distance for so long. Honestly speaking, at
one point it was looking to be out of my reach and ...
One of the first things to know here is that it is all about
priorities. And we know schoolwork comes first.
So here is a step-by-step guide to getting through the last
couple weeks of classes, final exams, Thanksgiving and the pre-holiday season.
Step 1: Sign up early
for those holiday pot-luck parties.
Always volunteer to bring ...
As the holidays fast approach and the year is quickly coming
to a close, it seems natural to look back at times. Although looking back at
times can help you see how far you came over the past year, it can distract you
at times from where you are headed.
Often we become overwhelmed at what we have not gotten
completed. As 2013 comes to an ...
The last few weeks have been a harsh lesson in patience and
letting go. I am the type of person who likes to be in charge of my own fate
and like to have clear deadlines and goals. While applying for the various
licenses and staff privileges that are necessary in order for me to start work,
I have also needed a lesson in how to trust the ...