I am looking to go back to school in Spring 2012 in New York for an Advanced Degree. Recently in October the IOM reported The Future of Nursing. I read about 100 pages... essentially they want us nurses to have the FULL extent of education. That I agree and do not have a problem with. What my issue is - is that I do not know what to go for right now in the midst of all these changes.
I do not want to go back to school to get my masters to become an NP, then have to go back to get my DNP if it is going to be required. I am trying to find the most cost-effective and the most efficient path for me.
My Questions are:
Will earning a DNP be absolutely required in the future?
Can I practice as an NP while being DNP prepared?
Should I go back to school for masters or doctorate now?
I need advice. Please advise. Thank you for your help and time =)
Hi, I am actually going through a similar situation as you now. I am working as a RN for a little bit now and been thinking about grad school. I am thinking about getting into a NP program, also debating about the MPH program as well.
I talked to my professor about the DNP program. It is a movement that the nursing profession is trying to up their standard of practice for advance practice nurses. In the hospitals of NYC, majority of them no longer hire associate degree nurses and if you are hired as an associate RN, you must enroll in some form of education program working toward getting your BSN. What my professor told me was that as of now, they do want to up the standard of practice for NP to DNP; however, its an unrealistic movement as of now due to inadequate DNP programs out there to accommodate all these changes. Also, my concern for the DNP program is that this level of nursing practice does create a lot of confusion of the role between a medical doc vs. nursing. DNP is too new of a program, I dont know what to expect ahead of this. If the DNP is stepping across the line to medicine, I am sure there will be criticism from the medicine side. What i was told was that under the New York State Law, there is no difference between practicing as a NP vs. DNP. So dont forget, there are questions about the scope of practice for DNP.
Last edit by basixhcir on Dec 26, '10