Is it all going to DNP?

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    I'm in an ADN program now. I've thought about becoming an FNP after my undergrad. education. Is it true that, instead of getting an MSN - all schools are going over to the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)? I hope not, but, if that's the only route, then, that's the only route.

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    That's what my school says, that the ANA is trying to ensure that all NP programs are DNP programs by 2015. My school has its first DNP program starting in the spring I think, maybe its fall, but I'm totally on board with it. Its still not 100% but many many schools are turning to DNP programs.
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    The more I explore this forum, the more questions I see on this..all of which are extremely relevant to the immediacy of my program search right now.

    I mean, sure, you want to get a job while having paid the least amount for your education while getting the most out of it. Right now, obviously you'd pay less for the NP as the DNP. Though with the advent of the 2015 guidelines and being "grandfathered in", don't people think marketability down the road would be better for those who have DNPs? Like how the job market has affected ASNs and LPNs as opposed to the current BSN standard?

    I'm looking into a couple DNP programs now as well and while they're longer, they seem to offer strong potential for leadership and other aspects. I really see it as BSN vs. ASN and my hospital is essentially phasing out ASNs while we pursue Magnet designation. This may make a difference in the future..not as much now, but long term.
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    The only logic that I see in requiring all aspiring NP's to pursue an DNP is that more money will be funneled into the various educational arenas that offer an NP program. As a DNP, will my scope of practice be expanded? Will I received higher pay after completion of the program? Will I have greater privileges in treating patients?

    I don't know the answers to these questions. If the only difference between a MSN NP and a DNP NP is the latter has "Doctor" in front of his/her name - then it really seems like a scam to me.
    Skeletor likes this.
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    Taken from the most recent mission statement from the AACN regarding a DNP FAQ (2009):

    "Until the time that state laws are changed, if a nurse desires an APRN education, and has a choice between a DNP or a master's preparation, it would be far more cost-effective to spend the additional time for the DNP and be prepared for future practice."

    Which if you read it in a cynical way, you'd say "Yeah, comes from the Colleges of Nursing, of course they'd want you to be in there more..." but they do hold sway in our profession. That's an interesting read as well regarding the DNP's ideal.

    It's hard to make a decision on all of this though it looks like "do it all now" or "do it all later" but you'll probably be coerced into doing it at some point.
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    Do you guys think that they will have made upntheir mind by 2014. That is when I will need to decide which route to take.
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    For a while, I didn't consider the DNP to be anything. I thought it seemed like a sham doctorate to make nursing compete with other health care disciplines and their final graduate degrees. However, the more I read about it, these nursing organizations hold severe sway in how our practice presents itself (as far as I can tell) and the closer we get to 2015, obviously the more graduates of DNP programs we'll have and the more they will be able to show people what DNPs can do.

    Nurses, as we all know, are strong advocates for our craft and yes, it's true that some of us don't adjust well to change, but there are strong arguments for the switching of members of our disciplines. ST/OT/PT need to have graduate degrees to function in their areas of expertise, for example.

    I'm going to give this discipline some serious consideration. The best thing that could happen with my MSN (in my opinion, mind you) is that I would be grandfathered into an advanced practice role and as the market becomes more competitive between DNPs and NPs/CNSs and the like, employers, clinicians, and people in general will start to see the overall function of the degree. Looking at the coursework, it looks substantial in some programs exactly what you would be capable of doing in addition to an advanced practice role.

    Again, I say this all without having an advanced practice role, but having been a RN for 5+ years with a passion for advancing my own practice as soon as possible and into the distant future.
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    I have just sent an email to the North Carolina BON asking for clarification on this point. I will let you know what their response is. I know, however, that every state's BON is different, but this will give NCers an idea of what our state is going to.

    I can't help but be skeptical since it seems like only one school in the state currently has a BSN to DNP program. We'll see.
    AppalachianRNstudent likes this.
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    For those who have the time to do so, the DNP seems like the way to go...but for those of us like myself who are approaching the time in their lives where starting a family is important, that would play a lot into the decision. Skepticism is healthy, too. And I think all of our state nursing boards would say different things as it's hard for them to have a unified voice about things, well, in general.
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    Well personally for me I weighed the options of both. It came down to the fact that I can obtain the DNP for going one more year. Why wouldn't I go on and get the terminal degree in my field? Also, it looks as if the DNP may be where the field is headed any way so I want to be competitive when I am looking for a job.

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