It doesn't take long to realize how many people misunderstand nurse practitioner education. A short Google search can lead an unknowing nurse practitioner into a disgusting mess of hurtful comments sown across the internet accusing us of being incompetent. I even have family members make remarks about how nurses don’t take science courses. Huh? Or how about my favorite, "So, now that you're a DNP, next step MD?" *exasperated sigh*
The purpose of this blog post is to clarify the historical trajectory of my nursing education. And YES, I have taken a few science courses. Again, this is MY nursing education. Nursing is a field focused on one thing: providing optimal patient care. It seems, with that in mind, nursing has worked tirelessly to create an education system to meet this goal. I am astonished at how our "training" has evolved in order to provide the best care. Not all nurses followed my same path, but we all meet the same standards. Below is a list of the courses that I have taken. My education wasn't a joke. It wasn't easy. It wasn't short. And it doesn't mean I couldn't hack it in medical school.