I am graduating in a few days, whoo hoo! Of course, I have no license and no job prospects, but have decided not to worry about that immediately.
I am forging ahead and beginning the DNP coursework next semester, taking a DNP elective, the initial finance, and stats stuff. I"m planning to take the AANC exam in the spring. I'm taking the summer off because I'm going to Italy for a month for my 25th wedding anniversary :heartbeat and am also doing some medical mission work. It doesn't make any sense to look for a job when I know I'm going to be gone for 10 weeks, so I probably wont even look for a job until next fall. Question is, in the fall I will be in a cohort and into the throws of the DNP program, and my school expects to a large degree that one is working/has been working as a NP to do this level of work. There is a good chane I will not even have a job yet at that time. The doctorate work for the capstone requires that you design a protocol that will improve your practice and impact the profession. How can I improve a practice I don't have, or am only beginning t learn? Even if I have just secured a position as the semester begins, what will a NP of 2 weeks time, lol, know about impacting the profession?
I did have a sit down with the program director and she told me not to worry, but how can I not worry? I've read the course syllabi and I don't see how I'm going to have the background required to get the work done properly. Any thoughts or experience to share?