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CAPNA (www.capna.com)...a group of NP's joining together to form a practice NP's make medical diagnoses, as RN's before becoming an NP we made nursing diagnoses.
Being called a "nurse" is a compliment. I don't know one nurse who "gets offended" by being called a "nurse".
Proud to be a nurse
You shouldn't get "flamed" for this one. I agree. My experience as an RN before becoming an NP has only enhanced my practice. I am a better NP because of the experiences and knowledge I have had while being a staff RN. My RN experience is priceless, I learned things that none of my graduate courses could have ever taught me. I'm not saying that one can not be a good NP without being an RN first, my point: it's an added benefit.
I am currently in the process of becoming a nurse colposcopist. I took a course, Comprehensive Colposcopy, by the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP). Now I am in the process of completing the "mentor program" in which I had to find a mentor who met a set of criteria by the ASCCP to supervise me in 25 colpos and there are some other guidelines that go along with this. Once you complete at least 25 colpos, you submit your records to the ASCCP and they issue you a certification. There is a fee for the course and also for the mentor program. An NP can perform colpo without having to go through this, if their collaborating physician mentors them, says they are competent and it is in their collaborative practice agreement.
Also, you do not have to be a women's health NP to perform colpo. My degree is in Adult and Oncology.
I hope this helps.
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