Hi all! First, I want to say that I am NOT starting this thread to start a war. I am working on my very last assignment for my DNP/FNP (graduating 5/4). 1300 clinical hours were required for graduation and was completed in Peds, Geri, clinical diagnostics, Adult 1 & 2 and OB/GYN. Anyway heres the issue...An APRN is a NP, CNS, CRNA or CNM. (I put this here because, I myself, mixed up the letters and initially thought the issue was about ARNPs). Non APRNS are those nurses who have a master's in*nursing*education, nursing administration or another area. They are not clinicians. They do not have a*patient*population they care for.*Please*review the*consensus*documents for further*explanation. RMU accepts only APRNs in our post master's DNP*program. Other DNP programs accept non APRNs. This is*the*debate. *Can a*post*master's DNP program be*appropriate*for an APRN who does not have a patient population?
Good point. That is true. I forgot it is a "practicing" doctorate. But I guess I dont understand the difference between "practice" & "clinical". Isn't it implying the same thing. Nurse educators and nurse researchers aren't "practicing" either. Most of what I've learned in health policy was practice related. It was all about learning how to read legal briefs for malpractice suits, who can sue me and for what, medicare/ credentialing information, charting, and things of that nature. Evidence based Practice was also "practice related" as we were trained to diagnose and treat based on current evidence. But I wasn't aware that these individual classes were tailored to each individual program.
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I think it is confusing how these degrees come along...There used to be a phD in Nursing and another doctoral level degree called something like Doctor of Nursing Science. Why were these not adequate?
When I got my MSN in 1993, it was required that to be admitted to the psych cns program you needed at least one year of psych experience. My actual clinical hours in the program, I am told was 600 hours, which does not seem like a lot now, but then there were further practice requirements after graduation to become ANCC certified..and I think people were more willing to train you...
As Juan says above if the initial impetus of the dnp was to improve NP education, why was it necessary to create another degree? Couldnt the NP curriculuum be revised without creating a new degree.. It seems we now have at least three doctoral level nursing degrees, and you do not have to be an APRN to have a doctorate. OK..but the confusion of it all...
PS I just realized that DNP stands for Doctorate of Nursing Practice, I had also thought as the above post says that it was something to do with Doctorate of NP (Nurse Practitioner)!!! And I am fairly informed about these things!!
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