Ok folks, I've had it! I am absolutely nauseated at the thought of another "research" paper. I DO NOT WANT TO BE A RESEARCHER!! Yes, I agree that research is important, but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! There is no way in HE#% I am pursuing a DNP, as it is just more research! How many studies can you repeat? It reaches a point where you're just regurgitating what someone else previously vomited. I am so sick of academics who force you to submit to their mindless AND MEANINGLESS will (APA) just because you have to. Proof of the futility of this whole exercise is the fact that each "read through" yields more meaningless suggestions. (How is it that this paragraph was perfectly acceptable two "reads" ago, but now needs to be revised?) I know I will have to utilize research and EBP (another term I am sick of), but I learned how to do that three courses ago, which, by the way, were REPEATS of undergrad!! Academics will absolutely KILL the future of NP's just as surely as they are killing my will to go on. Having to pretend that this crap is the 'be all end all' is exhausting. One must pretend, because, if they "sense" that you feel you've researched enough, you risk being sent to a Soviet re-education camp. How about some more hard science instead of some APA formatted nonsense presented on a poster? You may be picking up on the fact that I am really struggling not to use some choice adjectives, but NP education must change or it will die. NP education, in its present form, is more suited to churning out nurse educators or researchers than clinicians. No, NP's are not trying to be physicians, but if NP's want to DO
the same thing physicians do, they'd darn well better learn the SAME
things physicians do. This situation has reached the ridiculous threshold, and in reality, the consensus model does jack-squat to help the situation out.