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  • 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
  • Establishing Your DNP Credibility

    Sometimes being the first of your kind is exciting, and sometimes it can be daunting and confusing. When I received my DNP I felt empowered, but I did not know where I would find my niche in an organization where there were no other doctoral-prepared NPs or PAs. My niche became a satellite clinic where I am the sole provider for health services to ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on September 19, 2014
  • Dear "Supervising/Collaborating" Physician

    Dear ''Supervising/Collaborating'' Physician, Our relationship has to change.  It's not you, it's me. I have changed. I have grown and matured. I am not the same nurse practitioner I was when we first met. I have been around awhile now; I am no longer a new profession that is trying to find my role in the healthcare world. I have been ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
  • NPs as PCPs

    Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) first made headlines, a frequent topic in the media has been the shortage of primary care providers (PCPs) to accommodate the influx of newly insured patients. At the time of its implementation, it was estimated that there would be a shortfall of 45,000 to 60,000 PCPs to provide care for the millions of newly ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on August 27, 2014
  • Q&A with Dr. Debra #2

    Here is another question sent to me on the NADNP website @ www.NADNP.net ''I am an ARNP with FNP-C certification and 10 years experience in dermatology. Recently, a new office manager was hired and has changed the billing for midlevel providers to direct billing with insurance carriers. Prior to this we all billed under the supervising MD who ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on June 19, 2014
  • NPs: Continue to Educate and Demand Respect

    A funny thing happened on the way to full practice authority... We have been working hard for years on passage of a bill to update the nurse practice act and free APRNs of outdated and restrictive practice agreements. In fact we have been focused for so long on achieving our goal that we haven't really thought much past - well, achieving ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on June 18, 2014
  • The Providers of ‘No'

    Ready for my rant? Over the past year or two, I've noticed an increase in physician groups engaging in negative campaigning directed toward NPs. Could it have always been present but I just hadn't noticed? Or is the negativity a reaction to the numerous bills that have been introduced in several states to remove barriers and allow fully ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on March 6, 2014
  • Privacy and Confidentiality

    I don't know about you, but there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have some sort of umm....interesting experience at work. I understand how awfully tempting it is to jump on Facebook or Twitter and share the events of my day with all 100+ or so of my closest ''friends''. It's so very rewarding to watch a post collect ''likes'' and ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 16, 2013
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    We have carved deep into the second half of my first year as a professional physician assistant. This is the perfect time for a Quarterly Check-Up to examine some of the biggest lessons over the last three months We learned that our patient's beliefs can trump the strongest medicine and that our acceptance of those beliefs makes us better ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • The First of Your Kind

    What if you are the first of your kind?  We are all encouraged and excited to see an employer make the decision to hire their first NP or PA. The economy, coupled with the changes due to healthcare reform, has certainly worked to our advantage; this year we are seeing more and more jobs and seeing them in new and in different roles ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on July 3, 2013
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