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  • Q & A with Dr. Debra: NADNP Post Masters Certificate Program

    COMING SOON!  MAY 11-16th, 2015. Registration will be open in November 15, 2014! Course fees: $2,850* includes course texts and materials, membership for 1 year, NADNP annual dermatology conference registration, basic procedures and wound care workshops.*Does not include: transportation, hotel, flights, or meals. Location: Sheraton Sand Key ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2014
  • The Practical Doctorate in Other Health Disciplines

    Since I seem to have lost a host of readers last post in my discussion of what we can learn from history, I will proceed with... more lessons from history. Never fear, I expect the next couple posts will be about nurse entrepreneurship, which seems to garner more enthusiasm.  As philosopher George Santayana said, ''Those who cannot remember ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (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 Discussions (Weblog) on October 1, 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
  • 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 Discussions (Weblog) on September 10, 2014
  • DNP Programs: Are They All the Same?

    In 2004, the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) proposed that the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) should be the entry level for Advanced Practice Nurses (APN). A year later, the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) announced that the only doctoral practice degree that the CCNE would accredit would be the DNP ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on July 30, 2014
  • 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 Discussions (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 Discussions (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • Q&A with Dr. Debra: Breaking into Dermatology

    I graduate FNP school next year and I am interested in Dermatology.  I do not have any experience in this area.  Who would be a good contact to learn how to get into the field? I get this question submitted to the NADNP website many times. It is a difficult question because dermatology is so difficult to find an opportunity. The best ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 3, 2014
  • Prospective DNP Students

    In May 2012, I entered an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. I had chosen to pursue the DNP because I viewed myself as a clinician and I had no interest in becoming a white coat researcher. After a great deal of investigation, I chose the school that most closely conformed to my tightly controlled schedule. I could go online and ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on July 2, 2014
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