I have to stop and share some of my thoughts with my peers right now as I am experiencing something. Now, as much as I love nursing, oncology, and being a nurse practitioner, sometimes I just get tired of studying. Anybody else feel me?
Recently, I have had peers tell me that I am an overachiever and that they donít study for this certification or that, or that I am studying too much. But I really donít think I am. I believe I do the studying for many reasons.
For instance, I believe that to be a good practitioner in oncology these days, you have to be reading the journals, researching on your own, etc., just to keep pace with oncology and all of its advances and improvements as evidenced by research. Experience alone does not cut it any longer. So that is one reason I study.
Another reason is certifications. I am going to obtain my Advanced Oncology Certification for Nurse Practitioners (AOCNP) this year as a personal goal. One I started last year and plan to accomplish this year. So that is the other reason I study.
However, I do find myself getting bored with all of this studying at times. I do often take breaks, discuss with colleagues my findings, go to local conferences and events, and so on, but ultimately, I have a study plan and work to ensure I pass. I even asked a couple of past and present colleagues to join me to form a study group for the AOCNP, but, alas, my study group entails just me and my readers.
Recently, I was lying in bed, on my back, holding my kindle above me reading an article. Unbeknownst to me, I fell asleep and dropped my kindle right smack and square on my big nose. Needless to stay, my nose was bigger for a few days after that and quite sore too. The literal pains of studying!
To break up the boredom of studying alone, I searched for classes I could take instead. I only found some that are available online, so again I am back to participating in a solo event.
Then I wondered: Is our technology and pace of life causing the social aspects of learning to change once and for all? Is this the end of study groups, classes, and conferences for this specific task? I am beginning to believe it is! I even called ONS to see when its next live course would be held as a prep course for the AOCNP, and I was told that it is no longer offered! Argh!
So, my options remain as when I first started this journey: me, my books, and I, or a couple of online courses to partake in. Maybe there will be simulation with other humans in the online courses? That would be nice.
And I am sure as I complete this task and hopefully conquer this certification to add to my other ones that there will be another goal presented to me to accomplish that will require studying again. DNP, possibly? Oh my, all work and no play... I may have to think about that one long and hard.
All in all, I do it for my patients, to ensure I am up with the latest information so I can care for them to the best of my ability. A responsibility I do take to heart.
Is there anyone else who has taken the AOCNP? If so, how did you prepare? What did you find helpful? Did you do it alone or with someone else?