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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
  • The Delicate Balancing Act

    Currently, as I try to write this blog post, I have a Chihuahua under my feet and a 7-year-old leaning against my arm. One term into my journey to become a nurse practitioner and I’ve already had moments thinking, What did I get myself into? and, What was I thinking? Balance is not easy. Coffee has become my best friend. But a balance for ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 8, 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 Answers (Weblog) on July 2, 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
  • Making the Grade

    As you may have noticed from my bio, I am a DNP student. I already have my master's as a clinical nurse specialist in critical care, but I am working toward the DNP degree and the right to sit for the CRNP exam. My goal is to become a family nurse practitioner, which is a long way from the patients I used to take care of in the cardiothoracic ...
    Posted to DNP Answers (Weblog) on June 25, 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
  • The Lull Between RN and NP

    All required packets have been submitted to their respective entities. My immune system has been prepped with a TDAP booster, influenza vaccine and PPD administration. Drug screen was completed and now I have to do what I do not do best: wait. To keep my mind busy I have been cranking out the hours in the ER as an RN and have also been ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on October 25, 2013
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