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.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

On the Road Again

For once, it is me this time and not the husband. Being alone all of the time kind of sucks mental health wise - social media tools just don't have that interpersonal touch that makes you believe no man is an island. The good part is that I get to realistically try out some self-CBT before recommending a particular exercise to a client. I even managed for the first time in my post-secondary, oh hell, post-first grade education turn a paper in a whole 30ish hours before it was due.  I am still debating if taking on a an teaching gig was helpful or harmful to my overall development.  On one hand, it was a psych class and the 20 hours a week I spent on prep provided forced study time I may have otherwise neglected. On the other hand, I would not have flaked out on a few Blackboard discussions, could have delved deeper into the material, and, at least theoretically,  concluded my clinical hours without having to take an incomplete.

I love hindsight.

In these last few hours before I leave for Memphis, I have a final in assessment strategies, 2 SOAP notes, 1 Reflective Journal, and 1 process recording to do. When I get back, I also have roughly 90 hours of clinical time I need to log before August. Thankfully, my second clinical site came through so I should just get done before I have to start over again.

If I am not mistaken, the new deadline for the end of the world comes while I am in school. At least I get to go out listening to Elvis with a belly full of barbecue and a blueberry sidecar.

Until the road gets rolling  . . .

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