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  • When the Nurse Wants to be Called Doctor

    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 ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on July 23, 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
  • Keeping It Interesting

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on July 14, 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
  • 2014: New Year, New Graduates, New Advice

    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 employers.  In many states, passing the boards would legally permit new grad NPs to practice, however they could not be ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on January 2, 2014
  • Getting Into the Groove

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on December 19, 2013
  • Finding Inspiration in the Holidays

    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 ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on December 10, 2013
  • How to Survive the Holidays as a PA Student

    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 ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on November 25, 2013
  • Giving Thanks in Trying Times

    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 ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on November 11, 2013
  • S.O.S: Need Patience as a Virtue!

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on November 7, 2013
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