seanpdent ADN, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP


??| Acute Care NP | Storyteller | YouTuber | Author | People ask me questions, and I answer them. #nurse #heysean #coffeegeek #tattoo


About seanpdent

seanpdent has 19 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in ICU.

I’m an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP). I have been in the nursing profession for just under 15 years, been an NP goin’ on my 7th year. Nursing is my 3rd career. 


I'm an O.G. diploma-trained nurse who started in a 16-month accelerated diploma program.  I broke the mold and I started my career as a new grad in the ICU.


I practiced at the bedside for about five years before I went back for my Bachelor’s degree and then onto my Master’s degree and became an ACNP. After 7yrs, I’m actually going back for my DNP Spring 2020. 

I have worked in the ICU my entire career. In the ICU world, you name it, I’ve worked it.  I have worked in all sorts of ICUs both large and small. From the large teaching hospital to the small remote community hospital.  I have worked in cardiovascular, medical, trauma, neuro, surgical, and oncology ICU. Oh, I also did travel nursing. 

Over 10 years ago pre-Facebook & pre-Twitter I started a small lil' blog sharing my stories. ⠀⠀

10+ years later I'm still blogging,  in town with video. In 2016 I posted a video (vlog) every day for a full year. I posted 365 consecutive videos about nursing while working my full-time job.

I’m a former podcaster (I think I have ADHD). I hosted & co-hosted at least three podcasts. ⠀⠀

I do a YouTube vlog Q&A series called “Hey, Sean…”. #heysean is where I answer questions from the nurse tribe. (They usually start the question with the words, ‘Hey, Sean…’). If I can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to send me your questions.

My “Daily Sean “ vlog is just me sharing my life lives on the edges. 

I’m also a public speaker. I believe coffee is a good group. I eat bacon every day. And, I have 18 tattoos, including a left arm sleeve. ⠀

Sean P. Dent, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN | Acute Care Nurse Practitioner | CCM 

Latest Activity

  1. I'm curious. Why does/should it matter if the test is changing?
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    56 and considering NP school

    1. DO IT 2. DO IT 3. I would highly recommend doing a thorough job market research in the area where you plan on working (will you move to a new location for a new job?). Bottom line, will there be a job there for you once you get your license/cert...
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    Can blogging hurt or harm your career

    Heh heh... been blogging for 10 years.. with no repercussions. Treat your blogging the same way you would treat conversations in the hospital elevator. It's that simple.
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    Nurse Practitioner vs Physician Assistant

    Correct... as an ACNP I perform the same (if not more) procedures as a PA. Keep in mind we are referring to an ACNP, not an FNP. An FNP does not get the same training. That would be one of the defining differences between a PA and an NP... NP's are (...
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    Nurse Practitioner vs Physician Assistant

    PA's need to recertify every 6 years (it will be changing to every 10yrs)...
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    RT vs. RN? Is RT a useless profession?

    Sigh.... We actually have Nurses who question and undervalue other members of our medical team? Especially a Respiratory Therapist, a trained specialist in pulmonary medicine and respiratory therapeutics? A professional who augments the very care we ...
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    Nurses and blogging

    I've been blogging for a decade. Just finished a shift, saw your post... and wanted to give you 10 great reasons why every Nurse should blog: 1. Creative outlet 2. Improve your communication skills (writing) 3. Break barriers: conquer stage fright, a...
  8. The better question to ask first is, "What the heck is a podcast?" The garden variety dictionary definition: It's an on-the-go recording that you can listen to at your leisure, on your own time, when you have the time. The recording itself can be vi...
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    Questions about FNP and ACNP roles

    GREAT question with accurate answers. I encourage to hone in on what patient population you see yourself caring for, and be as specific as possible. If you are unsure, then try and decide on where you know you DON'T want to work. The consensus model ...
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    Male foley came out after irrigation?

    So one of two things may have happened. I agree with previous comments, you may have accidentally flushed the balloon instead of irrigating the catheter. Or quite possibly, the catheter was improperly placed. It could have not been in the bladder,...
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    Np pay related to years as an RN

    There are two sides to the coin. Years of experience as an RN who is a newly minted NP matter in the greater scheme of things due to the nature of the degree, but how much experience does that new NP have working as an NP? Speaking from personal exp...
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    Acute vs. Primary Care NP? Can't decide

    The greatest piece of advice I got when I started my journey into graduate school and deciding on my end goal of Acute vs. Family NP is this: "Who do you see yourself taking care of 10 years from now?" That answer will determine what path you take. D...
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    WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO! Congrats! Hopefully I'll be able to follow in your foot steps in the coming months. How was it? Give me some gory details!!
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    ACNP Student Away Rotation

    Have you contacted your local colleges? Where are you located? Most ACNP programs have contracts with many hospital systems throughout their region, not just locally. And if you have a specific interest in an area, or a facility, the ACNP staff can a...
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    Overwhelmed to say the least...

    First of all congrats on finding your dream job. Knowing what you want and then finding it takes courage. I would highly suggest telling this exact story to your preceptor as well as your unit director/manager. You are definitely NOT alone in how you...