2015 DNP - page 4

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I am wondering if anyone has heard any updates. Everything I keep seeing online from the AACN is "recommendation", "strongly encouraged", "highly suggested". I have yet to see anything, that says, "Look, either you... Read More


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    Quote from Guinea
    Why bother with a DNP? Why not go to medical school? It's almost the same length. The fourth year of medical school is mostly for interviewing.

    The NP made sense for veteran nurses looking to expand their scope. The BSN-DNP track doesn't really make much sense.
    +1 on just go to Med School. I had to make that very difficult choice many years ago and although staying in nursing made the most financial, career, and family sense at the time - I regret not going to med school instead of grad school.
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    Quote from Guinea
    Why bother with a DNP? Why not go to medical school? It's almost the same length. The fourth year of medical school is mostly for interviewing.

    The NP made sense for veteran nurses looking to expand their scope. The BSN-DNP track doesn't really make much sense.
    Medical School is WAY longer than a DNP.

    Bachelor Degree....4 years.

    Medical School....4 years...THEN you only have an MD and no state will license you to practice without completing a residency.

    Residency...3 to 7 years, depending on specialty...this is where the major time commitment comes in.
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    Quote from CRF250Xpert
    +1 on just go to Med School. I had to make that very difficult choice many years ago and although staying in nursing made the most financial, career, and family sense at the time - I regret not going to med school instead of grad school.
    But I don't want to be a physician....I want to be an NP. I'm sorry you regret not going to med school....but that doesn't mean everyone does.
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    According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), they are in the process of moving advanced nursing practice from the master's degree to the doctorate level by the year 2015. They plan to make it so that Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwifes, & Nurse Anesthetist require a Doctor of Nursing Degree to practice beginning in 2015. What are your thoughts on this proposed requirement?

    According to the AACN, currently less than 1% of nurses have a doctoral degree.The movement to the Doctor of Nursing Practice(DNP) is about producing the most competent nursing clinicians possible to meet the nationís complex healthcare needs.

    Do you think these steps are necessary and will advance the profession? How will it affect you. Share your thoughts.......


    Further info on the proposed Changes:

    http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/dnpfaq.htm

    http://www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/pdf/DNPForum3-10.pdf
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    If you do a search of this community, you'll find lots of posts/threads on this topic. A lot of people support it. A lot of people are against it.

    Is this for a homework assignement or research project?
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    What would a MSN be able to use their degree for in this circumstance?
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    The course content of many current DNP programs will need to change if it's going to be of any true benefit. I'm all for more educational requirements if they are relevant to and advance the profession. If it's more education for the sake of more education then forget it. Would it be really important for a CRNA to know how to knit a scarf?
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    Quote from labelle777
    According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), they are in the process of moving advanced nursing practice from the master's degree to the doctorate level by the year 2015. They plan to make it so that Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwifes, & Nurse Anesthetist require a Doctor of Nursing Degree to practice beginning in 2015. What are your thoughts on this proposed requirement?
    The AACN has no bearing on CRNAs, CRNA education, nor on their certification.
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    I'm worried about this myself because I will be starting a direct entry MSN (NP) program this year and will receive my MSN and NP licensure in 2014 - right before the proposed deadline to move to the DNP. Does this mean that I won't be able to find work after I graduate and will have to move immediately into a DNP program? I sure hope not. I would like to be able to work in the field for a bit before proceeding with the DNP. Any thoughts or anyone in a similar situation?
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    Quote from llg
    If you do a search of this community, you'll find lots of posts/threads on this topic. A lot of people support it. A lot of people are against it.

    Is this for a homework assignement or research project?

    Nope, not a HW assignment or research project. Yes, its an old topic, yet still very relevant in 2011. I plan to complete an NP program in a few years,so just want to hear how others feel at this present time.
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