About One DNP

I earned my "terminal practice" degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in a journey of excitement and challenge. It inspired me to advocate for an all encompassing clinical credential rather than continuing the hodgepodge of nonsensical initials. I hope these entries will provide entertainment and insight into the Doctor of Nursing Practice experience, which will soon be the entry standard for all advanced practice nurses.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mid-Year One Week: Day Two

Individual and Family Counseling
Bleary-eyed and without decent coffee, we headed to class at 7:30 in the morning to listen to a fantastic lecture on the relationship between temperament and attachment. This is one of the only classes I would prefer in lecture format just because it is so interesting and interactive. Even at dawn.

Concept and Theory
Reaffirming why I love on-line delivery of material! The teacher is great, I want to take her out for a drink. Unfortunately, this is one of those classes where all of the disciplines are put together and you see the "nurse" personalities come out in the (very unnecessary if you would actually read the material, will probably have to ask again later, and should be emailed because they only apply to you) questions. "One more thing" is one of the most evil promises when you don't really mean it.

The class ended with a video of the Hallelujah Chorus in a food court for the purposes of illustrating how quickly awareness develops. Fine. But the oral and subsequent apology for showing a Christian-based example was totally unnecessary. Anyone who would have been offended by it would have been looking to be offended. If it was "Rock of Ages" or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or the Gayatri Manta, I would not have expected an apology because I am not Jewish or Mormon or Hindu. Ahhh, the oversensitive times in which we live.

Philosophy of Science Wrap-Up Presentation
40 people. 4 hours. Not surprisingly, most of the majors fit their stereotypes. I do not want to bad-mouth any specialty, least of all my own, but lets just say the folks you would expect to like the black and white philosophies did a great job when they took the logical positivist views and the folks who you figure would like the amorphous topics did a better job supporting the process philosophy viewpoints. We were a group of talkers and while interesting, we also took 1 hour longer than the other half of the class.

Bad News/Good News
Elizabeth Edwards, who I found out just before my plane took off was stopping chemotherapy, lost her battle with cancer. On the flip side, the SpaceX Dragon went up and splashed down - time for the stars!

No comments:

Post a Comment