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  • Should We Be Certified As DNPs?

    With the push for doctoral-level nurse practitioners, one of the major questions has been should NPs have to take an extended certification exam in order to be recognized as a Doctor of Nursing. This topic is highly controversial because most practice-based professions that have a doctoral degree do not required an extended certification in order ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on December 23, 2014
  • Interview Questions

    I've conducted many interviews over the years and can tell you that nothing sinks an otherwise successful interview faster than the candidate who asks no questions. Many candidates seem to feel it is acceptable when asked if they have questions to answer with ''no, I think you answered them all''. Really? You want to commit to spending most of ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on December 11, 2014
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Preparing for this week's Thanksgiving feast and the arrival of numerous family members has consumed my every thought for the past week. Finally, everyone is napping and I have a free moment to reflect on things that I am thankful for. How many people are thankful for their career as a NP/PA? I absolutely love my job and feel enormous gratitude ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on November 28, 2014
  • Eat Your Young Or Teach Your Young?

    Last weekend I went to a fantastic pediatric conference and one of the talks was on preceptoring and how to be successful as a preceptor. During this talk they also gave a plethora of encouragement for NPs to become preceptors and asked those that had been preceptors to raise their hand...only about a quarter of the room raised their hand. This ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on November 26, 2014
  • 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
  • Expert to Novice

    The last time I wrote about leaving my position in family practice and making the big leap into dermatology. Since then I have spent the last 5 weeks fully immersing myself into learning about dermatology. Needless to say, the last 5 weeks have been challenging and I have learned a lot about what I thought I knew, what I never knew, and what I ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on November 18, 2014
  • You're Fired! Now What?

    Just to be clear, I don't mean a layoff due to restructuring or downsizing. Many employers have been faced with making some hard staffing decisions in this economy so if you were terminated because of something out of your control a prospective employer probably won't hold that against you.  But if the situation was more complicated, I can ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on November 12, 2014
  • Recording Dates

    Time flies and memory fades. Remember that Seinfeld episode where the character lost one old piece of information in order to make room for every new piece of information learned? At least I think it was Seinfeld, I can't remember for sure... I'm sure you have all had the experience of filling out a job application and found yourself struggling ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
  • Beware: Social Media

    CAUTION! You could be one status update or tweet away from losing your job.  Now that I have your attention, I would like to remind everyone that what you choose to share on social media can have a negative impact on your employment. We live in an age where we are more connected than ever so you need to think carefully before you hit the ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 15, 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
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