BSN to DNP with no nursing experience - page 2

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What are the advantages/disadvantages of going directly from a BSN to DNP program without obtaining significant nursing experience in between?... Read More


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    Great points. Thank you everyone for contributing.

    I am not exactly planning on going from BSN to DNP. It is just something I was wondering about. I think the way most programs are set up, students are already working as nurses (PT to FT) and taking courses toward their DNP. That way, they are accumulating clinical experience while remaining academically grounded. I think the online format of most DNP programs makes this a heck of a lot easier!

    Last I heard, the goal is to have DNP become the standard for advanced practice nursing. The MSN will be replaced by the terminal DNP degree. Is that true?
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    My opinion (for what it's worth): someone who comes out with lots of eddication and no clinical experience has lots of information but doesn't know what to do with it.
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    Quote from multicollinarity
    Every DNP program that I've looked at requires several hundred hours of master's level clinical hours.
    Not all of them: http://www.umass.edu/nursing/program.../DNP_Flyer.pdf
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    The brochure and FAQ link state that the public health nursing leadership is primarily online, however the NP-associated DNPs have "practica" and other courses on the university campus. This sounds like in-person clinical time to me. I can't imagine an NP degree not having clinical hours.
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    My thought is "how do you even know you like nursing enough to get your doctorate in it without ever really experiencing what it's like to be a nurse?"

    I have my BSN, and this summer will complete my first year in a Peds ICU. I would like to one day get my masters, but right now i enjoy where I am, and I also wouldn't know what to get my masters in yet!

    I had several friends who went right from getting their bachelor's in education to masters programs without ever actually teaching a class. Sadly, a few realized after the fact that teaching wasn't for them. I'd hate to waste 3-4 years of my life on something i thought i wanted, only to find out it wasn't what i thought.
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    Quote from Jolie
    http://www.rushu.rush.edu/nursing/degreeopt.html

    From the Rush University website:

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate is a doctorally prepared nurse with expertise in outcomes management and is prepared to function as a leader in complex environments. The DNP program is 40 credit hours and can be completed on-line in two years on a part-time basis.

    I guess the focus may differ from one university to another. I interpreted this to be a clinical degree.
    The DNP is supposed to replace the MSN degree that many APN's like CNM's, NP's, etc. now earn by 2015. It is practice oriented. I am sorry. At the risk of sounding old and grumpy, I have an opinion which may be unpopular w/ some. The value of bedside experience cannot be overemphasized. To be an NP after never being a RN, puts you at a disadvantage, IMHO. I thought for a long time, this was the edge NP's had over PA's. Now we are more equal. The trouble is, equal may mean we are now less. I just don' think this is what is good for our profession or our patients.
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    I think experience is a great asset. I am glad I had almost 6 years of exp when I went back for MSN program. The program I graduated from, required 2 years of exp to enter. The experience I had really did help. And then going back to work on PhD, I am glad that I had the MSN under my belt, it was an also very helpful while I was working on PhD. I am now looking into DNP program, problem is it is expensive as right now there is only one program in North TX. Only 2 I think in TX, haven't looked in a while.

    I would definitely get some experience as nurse and see if it is something you enjoy.

    Good luck...
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    Quote from MSUnurse01
    I don't understand how a program can hand a Doctorate over to someone without requiring any clinical experience and only requiring courses online.
    Just the same way a university hands over a Pharm D or DPT to those without experience :-)
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    Quote from fosdene
    Just the same way a university hands over a Pharm D or DPT to those without experience :-)
    that's completely different, those degrees are entry-level for practice.
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    the DNP at my school requires a masters degree, and you have to have 2 years of experience to start the masters program after completing your bachelors.


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