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.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The New & Improved ANA Social Networking Principles!

While I am not narcissistic enough to believe my contributions during the "open to public comment" period had anything to do with the excellent edits, I like to think the synergy of many like-minded nurses worked to improve the specificity and decrease the Ratched. The ANA was also nice enough to provide a Tweet and Learn #anachat for 0.5 CEU credits. Now we own it!

  • Networking and nurturing relationships 
  • Exchange of knowledge and forum for collegial interchange 
  • Dissemination and discussion of nursing and health related education, research, best practices 
  • Educating the public on nursing and health related matters 
  • Information can take on a life of its own where inaccuracies become “fact” 
  • Patient privacy can be breached 
  • The public’s trust of nurses can be compromised 
  • Individual nursing careers can be undermined
 ANA’s Principles for Social Networking 
  • Nurses must not transmit or place online individually identifiable patient information.
  • Nurses must observe ethically prescribed professional patient — nurse boundaries.
  • Nurses should understand that patients, colleagues, institutions, and employers may view postings.
  • Nurses should take advantage of privacy settings and seek to separate personal and professional information online.
  • Nurses should bring content that could harm a patient’s privacy, rights, or welfare to the attention of appropriate authorities.
  • Nurses should participate in developing institutional policies governing online conduct.
6 Tips to Avoid Problems
  • Remember that standards of professionalism are the same online as in any other circumstance.
  • Do not share or post information or photos gained through the nurse-patient relationship.
  • Maintain professional boundaries in the use of electronic media. Online contact with patients blurs this boundary. 
  • Do not make disparaging remarks about patients, employers or co-workers, even if they are not identified.
  • Do not take photos or videos of patients on personal devices, including cell phones.
  • Promptly report a breach of confidentiality or privacy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Research for Capstone Research

I am currently developing a survey for my DNP capstone project to examine usage trends and perspectives on social media within a number of psychiatric healthcare disciplines.  I am looking into a number of online survey sites to determine which one provides the most feature with the lowest (free?) cost.  It seems there is not one company that dominates the Doctorate student market, but if anyone has a great experience with a particular company, I would love to hear about it! Here are the links:









I hope to have the survey up and distributed via a number of social media platforms and professional organizations by the APNA conference in October.  Check back soon!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

¡Viva, Terminado y Voladores!

It is off to Spain in a few hours . . . well, off to a 6 hour layover in Atlanta and THEN Spain. I get to play journalist for a week by gorging on cured meats and stomping through vineyards. But the biger point is:

  • Group Meta-Analysis Project: Done and Sent to Project Leader
  • Health Economics Paper: Done and Submitted
  • PMH Pediatrics Quiz: Done with 100%
  • PMH DB Posts for This/Next Week: Done
  • APNA Slide Presentation: Done and Uploaded
  • APNA Post Test Questions: Done and Submitted

Which means the only thing I ran out of time to do was pre-write my Health Economics DB posts for next week. Unless I want to stay up another 3 hours and pull an all nighter . . . which I don't. But I probably will anyway. 

I think I have put on 5 years in the last 12 months.