Thursday, May 21, 2009

NurseDiva, the nursing scientist....Lol!!!

Everything is happening so fast. BSN, then MSN, apply to take boards and doctoral intensive courses. My head is spinning! But I will break down what I am doing so that it is more easily understood. To be honest, I just learned it myself :p

The first course that I am taking as an official doctoral student is advanced research. The goal of this course is to develop your research problem, research purpose and research question that you would like to study. At the end of the class you should be finished with the first three chapters of your written proposal, which includes you literature review. The literature review is when you go to the library and look for scholarly articles that support what you want to study...basically you are looking for proof that your study has NOT already been done :)

The written proposal is like asking the project defense people and university for permission to go forward with your experimental study. If they say yes, then you go to the institutional review board, which is a panel that reviews studies to make sure that they are example of unethical would be like the Tuskegee experiment!

So I have been developing my research problem and I am stuck. I will share my ideas and if you are into this sort of thing maybe you can give me some feedback. Or if your are not, you can just tell me if you think it is cool or not! I am not afraid that my idea will get stolen because if you can make something out of this you are freakin' awesome!!

My research interests include: african americans, health disparities, education regarding std transmission, HIV/AIDS, health promotion and health protection.

Research problem #1

The research problem being investigated is the relationship between motivation and adherence to the plan of care in African American populations with chronic illness.

In English: I want to know what will motivate black people with hypertension, diabetes or HIV/AIDS follow the instructions given by the clinician. I say clinician because Nurse Practitioners are the future of primary care!

Research problem #2

The research problem being investigated is the relationship between knowledge of sexually transmitted disease transmission and high risk sexual behaviors of adult men on social networking sites.

In English: I want to know if guys who frequent websites like MySpace and Tagged know how STDs are passed from one person to another and how that knowledge speaks to their sexual behavior...are they more high risk because they don't know how diseases are passed?

I have a meeting with my prof to find out whether or not either of those studies will work. I think this research thing could be FUN!

Well, I guess I should get my kids ready for school...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I'm still here!!!

I have missed blogging. Blogging was a therapeutic outlet for me to share my feelings. It was all fun and games, until my ex found it and confronted me about all the things that have happened over the last four years! It was kind of funny at first, but then I felt bad. And then I thought, well hell it's the truth so he'll get over it!! So I'm back!!

What have I been up to lately? Well, there have been a variety of things that I wished I had blogged about and didn't so I will get you up to speed. The last post that I wrote was about my adventures in billing. A funny thing happened with that class. The teacher only taught the class for one hour and refused to give office hours. She would only answer questions via e-mail on Wednesdays. I was pissed. So I did my assignments to the best of my ability and waited for my grades. I received an 88.5% as a final grade. I received an 'F' on one of my assignment because according to her I turned it in late. I knew that this prof was going to be difficult so I planned ahead. When I turned in my paper, I asked her to send me an email to let me know that she received it, and she did. The timestamp on the email was at 8am on the due date. I sent proof to the prof that my paper was on time and she said that she really meant to say that she was giving me a 'F' because my work was of a poor quality. That made me go to the dean. I explained the situation and waited for a response. The response? She said I had to take the 'B'...ain't that a bitch? The reason? Because it is not important for me to get an 'A' it is important to finish the semester so that I can graduate and sit for boards. I was so pissed, I stayed mad for 3 weeks! I wonder if they would be as lenient if I accidentally plagiarized?

Speaking of graduation, did I tell you? I graduated on Sunday!

I am officially:

NurseDiVa, RN, MSN

Next stop: boards and the completion of my doctorate. I plan to take boards in July. I have been practicing my new signature all week! But there is no rest for me, I am already back in class! At the moment, I am working on my doctoral coursework. Yesterday was my first day as a REAL doctoral student. The first class is a research course. In this course, we are developing our written proposal for our doctoral project. I have not finalized my research problem but I understand how the development process works. Which I think is a good start :)

Since I have been a doctoral student, I have met some really nice nursing leaders. One is a Midwife from the southeast and another is a Women's health NP from the southwest. Then there is one from the Midwest who is in management, one from the southeast who is a Family/Psych NP and one who is a nurse attorney! All of the nurses in our classes, (except those of us who have limited nursing experience) are amazing advanced practice nurses from whom I hope to learn. They are nursing leaders from all over the country.

Who would have ever thought that I would be where I am today? At graduation, one of my nursing mentors suggested that I will be working on my PhD. I laughed, but now I wonder if I really WILL be working on a PhD!!