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, October 26, 2014

APNA14: You Can't Learn Mindfulness in a Weekend Workshop

Conferencing with an infant is certainly a unique experience! I had a blast reconnecting with many of my teachers and mentors while getting an infusion of professional and EBP goodness, though I must admit I missed my UT-DNP peeps.  Every year I get to add to my list of memorable interpretive quotes and insights from the APNA conference, and APNA 14 was no exception. I am going to forgo an in-depth recap of this year's events and share some of my favorite gems. If you were there, you know who and where they came from!

  • We don't give enough credit to how difficult it is to be fully present

  • Mindfulness is the antidote to mind wandering and time travel

  • Nurses feel they have to be twice as good to be any good

  • Perfect is the enemy of good

  • Negotiation of difference is what we all have in common

  • Assessment tools without the patient narrative assess very little

  • In nursing, you can have a mid-life crisis every 7-years

  • If you can't squeeze water out of a rock, don't blame the rock

  • Nursing as a fall-back position is not exactly what you would call a career path

  • I hope to have at least two more disclosures by the end of the month

I am already looking forward to APNA15 in Disney World - if it isn't the happiest place on earth when the psych nurses get there, believe it will be by the time we leave!