DNP Beginnings

A year ago I became a registered nurse. On this site, I never shared anything about nursing school while I was attending. The first I mentioned it was the night of my graduation with a bachelor of science in nursing (December 2013). I tend to prefer “afters” to “befores” or “durings! I’ve shared with you all that I’m gainfully employed as a nurse, but never shared what field or anything about my work (other than my lovely commute!). It’s nice to have Spy Garden as a place of leisure; where I don’t think about work, where the focus is purely on art and plants and other things I find interesting.
This month I started graduate school, I am seeking a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). I sort of freaked out at first; grieving the loss of my leisure pursuits.

Would there be no more drawing, painting, sonnet-writing or gingerbread-Eiffel-tower building? No more socializing? No more contemplative and thoughtful gardening-as-art? So long to  documenting the growth of the garden in hundreds of photographs! What about outings? Hiking? Yoga? Ever again? Maybe I can just throw some seeds down and see how things turn out?!

I was being a bit dramatic. There will still be gardening; there will ALWAYS be gardening! It’s just an adjustment. For now, the program is online (the clinical practice hours won’t start for another year or so) and so I can be really flexible with when I complete coursework (i.e. 4-6AM haha!) LOTS of reading, writing, discussions and research. Everything in APA format; no ellipses or sentence fragments or ambiguity. But these academic pursuits are not unimaginative and cold. There is a science AND art to nursing. There’s loads of room for creative and artistic expression in both nursing practice and in graduate nursing education. The expression is just distinct from the Spy Garden Status Quo I’d grown accustomed to. But change is the stuff of progress and growth. And you all know I love growth!

Growth!

Growth!

Spy Garden (both the garden and this website) shall still be cultivated. Maybe my post-format will change, maybe it won’t. Spy Garden may be my escape from citations and peer-reviewed journals and evidence-based practice…or it might be a place where I share these things. I’m not really sure! I do know that the frequency of posts will decrease; I’m aiming for a post a week. And so goes the beginning…I’m just a few weeks in…3-4 years to go!

Kalanchoe Blooms

Kalanchoe Blooms (indoors)

Snail shell

Snail shell

Monotone

Monotone

You have to look closely for the color!

You have to look closely for the color!

Baby with Magnolia and Dexie

Baby with Magnolia and Dexie

Dexie

Dexie

Aunt Spy

Aunt Spy

Moss

Moss

The Spy with a...

The Spy with a…

Deer Skull

Deer Skull

Wonder who lives here?

Wonder who lives here?

Blue Sky, Bare Trees

Blue Sky, Bare Trees

Frilly Fungus

Frilly Fungus

Baby and Magnolia

Baby and Magnolia

Fern

Fern

Moss Close-Up

Moss Close-Up

Ready...

Ready…

Sumo!

Sumo!

HhHahahaha

HhHahahaha

Happy Saturday all!

9 thoughts on “DNP Beginnings

  1. narf77

    Off to school again eh? You are doing the hard yards that will deliver you the outcomes that you want. Hopefully Spy Garden keeps evolving along with your pathway. I would hate to see it drop off the map. It’s a place where we get a little window of opportunity to catch a glimpse of someone elses life and we have all become very fond of Spy Garden, it’s sumo’s it’s hand crafted elegance and it’s open honesty. Here’s to the future, whatever that may hold and to many more years of Spy Gardening :)

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  2. Eliza Waters

    I admire your ambition and energy! One day at a time, you will get to DNP. Glad that you plan to squeeze in a post every so often. I would miss the clan if you didn’t. I wish you smooth sailing. Sumo kids – too funny! Looks like they had a grand time of it. :-)

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