It's my last semester of my FIRST year in the Family DNP! Time has flown by! Okay, but only kind of. The DNP curriculum feels a lot slower compared to the MDE program for sure. This semester, I am taking 5 classes, but don't let that schedule fool you. I also have two seminar sessions to attend and a few simulation lab sessions for Essential Care for the Childbearing Year. I am interested in the Management in Adv Practice Nursing class as it focuses on teaching us what it mea
This year, I am a Peer Leader, so I manage a group of peer mentors as they guide their own group of mentees through the ins and outs of Columbia Nursing. As a Peer Leader, I was able to participate in a bunch of orientation events again this year. It's always great to meet the new kids, bright eyed and cheery before nursing school reallllyyyyy hits them. Haha. It was also wonderful to have them see the new simulation lab (two floors worth!). We have some really high tech mani
Every nursing program has a Fundamentals of Nursing course. This course is basically Nursing 101, getting your feet wet. It's an intro for nursing students to gain both the foundational didactic nursing knowledge and skills. The Fundamentals professor here at Columbia is taking it to a whole new level by creating a small mini movie where a night nurse (ME!) gives handoff to the day nurse (an actress). Our patient (also an actress) got a bunch of special effects makeup to make
A lot of you are making some HUGE decisions these next few weeks as you decide whether or not you want to attend Columbia Nursing. I have gotten several emails asking me what I believe are some positives and negatives of the program. But first, I do want to share with you my own opinions. So, please take things with a grain of salt and understand that so many of my peers have different views. Also, I was the FIRST MDE class. If you ask the second MDE cohort (those who are in
Congrats to those who recently heard today that they were accepted into Columbia Nursing! If you were waitlisted, there's still hope! If you did not receive admission, hang in there, stay positive and keep striving if you truly believe becoming a nurse/nurse practitioner is your calling! For those of you who were accepted and on the fence, my advice... try to get in touch with current students and pick their brains -- ask them what they liked, what they didn't like, etc. You
Yep, my first semester in the Family DNP is coming to an end! I apologize to those of you who have emailed me directly/commented on the blog recently! I promise I'll get back to you when I settle down a little more and have time to respond. I want to make sure I have the time to answer you all thoroughly. In other news, my fridge, freezer, and cabinets are now well stocked and candles to help me relax are being lit. Also doing my best to stay hydrated during this dry dry
I don't know about you, but I am a pretty huge fan of personality tests! I think they help me understand who I am, my strengths, weaknesses, how I interact with others, etc. If you haven't heard of 16 personalities, I HIGHLY suggest this website --> https://www.16personalities.com/ It takes about 5-10 minutes depending on your speed. They give you an amazing breakdown of your personality type (5 letter code) and goes into 1. Introduction 2. Strengths & Weaknesses 3. Romantic
This past week, I had the opportunity to shadow a nurse practitioner who actually graduated Columbia's nursing program. Although I had to travel aaaaaaalllll the way to Long Island for this one day shadow day, I got to see a lot! It is also really neat knowing that nurse practitioners have the ability of working in specific areas of focus like dermatology. The clinic actually had a few nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and doctors who see patients all day long. Here'
I had the pleasure of meeting this WONDERFUL woman, Mary Dickey Lindsay, at the Dean's Reception last year and a few occasions throughout the year. Columbia Nursing offers scholarships to their MDE and DNP students. Last year during my Master's program, I was selected to have a named scholarship. Being one of the few Mary Dickey Lindsay '45 Nursing Scholars has come with so much inspiration, pride, and appreciation for some of the amazing individuals here at Columbia Nursing.
Welcome, welcome! As you mayyyy know, a bunch of stuff happened recently. I started the DNP program here at Columbia about 2 weeks ago, took the NCLEX exam exactly 1 week ago from today, had my white coat "ceremony" yesterday, and finally was able to find my RN licensure number through the New York State education department website today! :) So now I am catching up school work and getting around to these NCLEX blog posts. This post is a little "trailer," a "sneak peek," what