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Director Of Nursing Essay

1064 words - 5 pages

Master’s Prepared Nurse Interview
Grand Canyon University: NUR-502
November 5, 2014

Master’s Prepared Nurse Interview
In preparation to begin my own graduate study, I interviewed someone who has completed a graduate study for insight into the expectations and potential outcomes in seeking an advanced degree. I chose someone who has been an inspiration to me my entire life. I chose my mother.
Overview of Career
Nursing is my interviewee’s second career. Her first career started in the postal service where she quickly advanced to post master. Her advancement was unusual for a woman in the 1970s. She has always been a strong, independent woman. She raised 5 ...view middle of the document...

Her consultation included psychiatric medication management, brief therapy, and providing in-service education for staff related to caring for persons with dementia, mental health issues, and co-morbid physical/mental health conditions. She maintained Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, and Magellan insurance credentials.
In addition to all of the above achievements, the interviewee is an author of several articles, which have been published in journals. She has been a guest speaker at several medical conferences across the US as well.
Graduate Education
Before the interviewee finished her undergraduate studies, she knew she wanted to have an advanced practice degree. She always knew she did not want to do bedside nursing, but instead, wanted to be an independent practitioner. She decided to obtain a dual master’s degree. She had to get special permission to do full courses for the different degrees. The reason she wanted four degrees, two bachelor degrees and two master’s degrees, was because she wanted to do research and to continue writing. She attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville for all four degrees. She received a MSN Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in the year 2000 and a MPH Health Planning and Administration in the year 2001. She didn’t stop there. In 2005, she received a Post MSN Certificate in Mental Health. She chose to study geriatrics because she knew there would always be a need for geriatric practitioners and she was becoming a geriatric person as well. She wanted to be prepared to take care of herself. She couldn’t afford out of state tuitions, so she chose to get all four degrees from the same institution.
Present Position
The interviewee retired from the VA in 2013 but recently decided to do intermittent contract work. She is currently in a locum tenens contract as a PMHNP in Walla Walla, Washington. The contract is in a VA outpatient mental health clinic. Some of the responsibilities as a PMHNP in the VA include, completing psychiatric assessments and medication management follow up visits. She collaborates with primary care providers and community resources to provide “wrap around” services for psychiatric patients. “The wraparound process is a collaborative, team-based approach to service and support planning”. (VanDenberg, Bruns, & Burchard,...

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