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  • Transtheoretical Model for Change

    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 our routines may be, we are very reluctant to disrupt the flow of our conventions. It is ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on November 19, 2014
  • Beware: Social Media

    CAUTION! You could be one status update or tweet away from losing your job.  Now that I have your attention, I would like to remind everyone that what you choose to share on social media can have a negative impact on your employment. We live in an age where we are more connected than ever so you need to think carefully before you hit the ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 15, 2014
  • The Health of the Community

    ''Epidemiology'' and ''Health Indices of Urban Populations'': these are the names of the two courses I am taking this semester. At first, I thought, What does this have to do with being an DNP? I am learning that it has a lot to do with being a DNP. You need to know what is happening in the health of the community around you so that you can be ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on October 8, 2014
  • Visual Dermatology Clinic: Nation's Largest Free Health Clinic Pt. II

    Two weeks ago, dermatologist and PA Amy Gouley participated in her fourth CareHarborLA event. The CareHarbor free clinic is held annually in the fall at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. This four day event is offered to the uninsured, underinsured and at risk populations in need of medical care. Medical consultations and exams, specialty care, ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on October 3, 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
  • Policy and the DNP

    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 government agencies and organizations, but the grass root effort is often lacking (Milstead, ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on September 24, 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
  • "I Hate My Neck"

    Looking in the mirror at submental (under the chin) fat, loose, crepey, puckered skin and tight platysmal bands going down the neck can have a psychological impact. Loss of the definition of the jawline and neck can be from a genetic predisposition, weight gain or aging. It is generally considered aesthetically unappealing. Most seem to be aware ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on September 9, 2014
  • What are DNPs doing about mental health?

    With the recent death of Robin Williams, mental health has certainly been in the forefront of many minds. It has been highlighted in the news media, conversations and, of course, the hearts of the many fans of the late actor. But what are we doing about this issue in our healthcare system - especially as primary care providers - and how can we as ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
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