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  • Full Practice Authority

    How much do you know about full practice authority (FPA)? As NPs, we have state and federal laws and regulations that govern our practice. As we prepare for fall elections and legislative sessions in the new year, we all need to consider our ability to practice to the full extent of our education and training. I live in Virginia. If you look at ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on August 12, 2016
  • Thinking Bigger

    As I follow legislative and policy issues I see a theme. I call it the ''I'll have what they are having!'' approach. In addition to working toward full practice authority, we put a great deal of effort into making sure that existing policy law is inclusive of advanced practice providers. We are making strides at the federal level toward securing ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on June 1, 2016
  • A DNP’s Role in Health Policy Efforts

    In Virginia, our Legislative session ended two weeks ago. We have made some subtle progress in our move to full practice authority, but we still have many challenges. Our task is now to regroup and to plan a path forward in preparation for the next legislative session. Nurses at all levels should be prepared to engage in healthcare policy and ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on April 6, 2016
  • Finding Your Passion

    Have you ever wanted to be part of something bigger than yourself? Have you ever dreamed of changing the world? Advocating for health policy that directly affects the health of individuals and communities as well as our profession is one of the easiest and most important ways to do this. Earlier this week, I spent a day advocating on Capitol ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on March 9, 2016
  • Full Practice Authority and the DNP

    In August 2013, California's SB 491 bill - which would allow full practice authority to California nurse practitioners - failed to get out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Senator Ed Hernandez took to the stand and fought for the SB 491 bill. Unfortunately, it was turned down and unable to advance in the Committee due to the strong ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on October 29, 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 Discussions (Weblog) on October 8, 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 Discussions (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 Discussions (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 Discussions (Weblog) on August 27, 2014
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