The Defense

On Monday morning I had my PhD Defense and it was completely wonderful! For weeks beforehand I prepared diligently, trying to anticipate difficult questions my examiners might ask. I made an exam binder with my whole dissertation in it, Mplus output, copies of my survey booklet, key references, detailed notes that I made as I … Continue reading The Defense


So you want to be a Nurse Practitioner?

First let me say that Nurse Practitioners (NPs) play a valuable role in our health care system.  As nurses with clinical expertise from years of experience working with patients and advanced educational training, NPs have a lot to offer patients, healthcare teams, and organizations.  NPs are awesome and job opportunities for nurses in this role … Continue reading So you want to be a Nurse Practitioner?

Why Tenure isn’t Everything

Many doctoral students think that getting published in a top journal and getting tenure are the only things that matter in their career.  While I think those things are valuable achievements, I believe that this task-focused approach to doctoral education is dead wrong.  Here’s why. 1. Relationship-building is more important than you think.  Are outcome-focused … Continue reading Why Tenure isn’t Everything