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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 Discussions (Weblog) on November 19, 2014
  • Q & A with Dr. Debra: Now You Are Speaking My Language

    I always compare the ''language'' of dermatology to visiting a foreign country: if you don't speak the same language, you stand out to people as an outsider. It's the same with using the correct terms when practicing dermatology. Describing lesions and rashes has its own terminology. It is imperative to learn the language of dermatology if you ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on October 23, 2014
  • I'll Have What My Friend Had

    Just like one pair of jeans may fit someone perfectly, the chances of that same pair being right for the next person that walks through the door are, well, pretty much zero.  One of the most important factors in considering an aesthetic treatment is what it will do for your skin. The same treatment that helped a friend may or may not be the ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on October 14, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visual Dermatology Clinic: Nation's Largest Free Health Clinic

    Last week I was fortunate enough to participate in my 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, mammograms, ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on September 19, 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
  • Immediate and Real Results with Radiesse

    We all know aging is a part of life and in many regards, aging is quite fabulous. I mean, does anyone really want to go back to their high school days? Pimples, bus stops, getting teased for the outfits we were wearing. I know I personally would be happy if I never had to look at (or hear about) a yearbook again. While emotionally and ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on August 14, 2013
  • Skincare on a Budget

    Quality skincare does not have to come at a steep price. If you splurge in some important areas (that benefit you the most) you may need to skimp a little in other departments and that is okay. Let's call this skincare on a budget, if you will.  SKIMP: Face Wash: Don't get me wrong. I love high end, fancy foaming, ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on July 2, 2013
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