DNP....Is it worth it for me???? - page 3

by Spazzerific9

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Hello Everyone! I have recently been accepted into the Arizona State University Adult DNP program. I am having the toughest time deciding if it is the right move for me to make. Let me tell you a little about myself. I have... Read More


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    What about joining the military yourself? That way, you could increase your pay grade and get the education you want without a huge amount of debt. When I graduated nursing school in '05, the Army had a great program for associate degree nurses who would become officers without the bachelor's degree. Of course, they encourage and pay for you to get your higher degrees.

    Someone mentioned working at the VA. As far as I know, the VA has THE most generous tuition-reimbursement package. They merely require that you commit to 2 years working for every year they pay for your education.
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    Hello,
    I need help here...

    FIRST QUESTION:
    I have a confusion with the DNP.
    I've been searching for DNP programs and some of them seems to be just DNP with any specializations.. Am I wrong? or all the DNP's have a specializations like Family Nurse Practitioner, Pedriatic NP, Psychiatric NP etc..

    SECOND QUESTION:
    I would like to pursue BSN-DNP but I would like to earn a MSN first and it seems that the only university that awards a MSN in the BSN-DNP track is Duke University.

    Does anybody knows another university that awards a MSN during BSN-DNP track?
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    Quote from Khalia
    Hello,
    I need help here...

    FIRST QUESTION:
    I have a confusion with the DNP.
    I've been searching for DNP programs and some of them seems to be just DNP with any specializations.. Am I wrong? or all the DNP's have a specializations like Family Nurse Practitioner, Pedriatic NP, Psychiatric NP etc..

    SECOND QUESTION:
    I would like to pursue BSN-DNP but I would like to earn a MSN first and it seems that the only university that awards a MSN in the BSN-DNP track is Duke University.

    Does anybody knows another university that awards a MSN during BSN-DNP track?
    Hopefully someone who is more knowledgable can chime in but to my understanding programs were no longer offering MSN but going right to DNP. Hopefully smoke else knows more. Maybe try searching MSN on the forum?
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    There are still programs that are BSN-DNP that offer an exit at MSN
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    There seems to be a good amount of online programs who offer including UNA, Sacred Heart, TESC, etc all CCNE accredited.
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    Spazzerific9, I do not have the wisdom to advise you on this as I am just graduated with my ADN last year, but I think it is so awesome that you are in this predicament. How wonderful to have such opportunity to even consider.
    What I can say is, if you are not planning to have children right away, why not go the MSN route for now, at least that is done, then you can have the choice later to purse the DNP if you want or not, but at least the MSN is out of the way (wait...I did just gave an advise after all... )
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    Quote from Khalia

    SECOND QUESTION:
    I would like to pursue BSN-DNP but I would like to earn a MSN first and it seems that the only university that awards a MSN in the BSN-DNP track is Duke University.

    Does anybody knows another university that awards a MSN during BSN-DNP track?
    Frontier Nursing University offers a BSN-MSN+DNP. The three options are NP, Women's Health NP, or Nurse Midwifery.
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    I just want to thank everyone for the comments they have left me. I have decided to defer my acceptance until next year and go from there. Gosh, I hope it is the right decision Thanks again!
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    "y. When I originally applied to the DNP program I really didnít think that I would get accepted based on only being a nurse for 2 years but I figured I would try anyways. Well here I am accepted for Fall 2013 and still trying to weigh the Proís and Conís to make the right decision.

    So here are the things I have to take into consideration:


    • I am only 24 right now.....
    • My husband is in medical school and has 2 years left. This is a huge factor in many ways....... When do when start a family? As a nurse my job is so flexible and since I donít have my own patients itís easier to take time off.......As a DNP Iím afraid that I would get sucked into to job and added responsibilities and my husband and I would both be working a lot which is not the type of parent I want to be......I really donít care about having a doctorate degree, or being addressed as Doctor.. .......NPís donít necessarily make that much more than a nurse, so is the student loan debt that I am going to take on worth it in the long run? I think it would be only because I am so young, but it is still sickening to think of.....When we do start having kids Iím pretty sure that I want to just work part time...... My husband doesnít think itís worth it for me to go through all that schooling and only work part time, and is not confident that I would be able to find part time jobs..... I really need the motivation, and honestly since I have never had a break from school the motivation is lackingÖ..It seems like I have never had time to fully concentrate on myself, start up some hobbies, lose weight and just enjoy life!"

    Sounds to me like you already know the answer. There are hundreds of other applicants that would do anything for your spot and are sure that is what they want. Sounds like you have other priorities that are worthy of your attention. Good luck! Don't feel guilty if you say no :-)
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    Hi! I'm applying to ASU's DNP program and saw your post. I'm amazed at how similar we both seem - I'm also a young nurse with a few years of med surg and float experience. I'm interviewing with ASU soon, and just wanted to hear what ultimately helped you decide to pursue the DNP. If I (fingers crossed) am accepted to ASU, and do the DNP, we'd be starting the program together! Hope to hear back from you : )


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