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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
  • Non-traditional or New Practices

    Proceed carefully when considering a position with a new clinic or practice that is not yet open or established, especially if the clinic is embarking on a ''non-traditional'' or ''new healthcare model.'' Jobs like these can turn out to be the best thing you ever did or the biggest nightmare of your career.  The sales pitch for these types ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on September 19, 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
  • Q & A with Dr. Debra: NADNP

    Dear Dr. Shelby, My name is Ligita Centorino. I am a family nurse practitioner student in Phoenix, Arizona. I was researching NP national organizations and I was impressed to learn about your developed organization. I have chosen to promote your organization in my school, however, I have some additional questions I was not able to find answers on ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 28, 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
  • To Be Or Not To Be... Autonomous

    I'm sitting here at work, trying to figure out what to write about today. As I ruminate, I realize what a great team of people I work with every day and this reminds me of an assignment I recently completed for class. The question proposed for class was, ''Do physicians work autonomously?'' As I wrote the assignment it made me think about nurse ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 5, 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 Answers (Weblog) on July 23, 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
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