I wont give you a rash of crap, but I do disagree with some of your thoughts. I hear a lot of anti DNP stuff all the time, and I just don't understand where it is all coming from.
I do think some of the curricula leave a bit to be desired. The standards should be uniform
at the very least, once TPTB decide what specifically they want to set the DNP apart. No, it isn't medical school. I don't know where that came from.
I think the DNP is an unnecessary step for individuals and the profession in general, but I do think the DNP is going to be the norm in the future, just as the Masters is now.
I chose to pursue a DNP b/c I'll be circling 50 when I finish. Due to my husbands work, we move frequently and usually across state lines. My concern is that licensing in a new state (where a grandfather clause may not apply) will require a DNP at some point and I don't want to be going back to school at 60, lol. I just don't. It seems prudent to hedge my bet and do it now. I don't for an instant
think it will make me a better NP than the next person. It expect it will offer interesting experiences I may not otherwise have had (I love school and classroo discussion, the more the better) but a novice is a novice IMO. A novice with a doctorate could call him/herself "Doctor" but it isn't going to make them an expert.
Personally, I expect to have quite a learning curve and know Ill earn the respect of patients and peers based on performance, not a diploma. And no, I don't anticipate calling myself Dr Logan. I will be Mary, the nurse practitioner. A NP that happens to have a DNP, though I suspect it will be much like the BSN prepared staff nurse in an acute care setting in that no one ever asks and it is rarely a factor. I suspect the patients won't know or care what the degree in a dusty box in my attic actually says on it.
I picked the best school that would have me (Duke) and will make the most of the opportunity. I don't understand calling the effort "laughable." To me, it seems meanspirited.
There is a lot
to debate about the DNP. It is new, still evolvng and I think the ANA needs good feedback on how best to proceeed. I hope they take concerns and suggestions into serious consideration, but I know that those suggestions would have to come from a place of respect for the goal, which I understand to be an expertly educated NP.
Re the OP: I don't think you need to go after a DNP at this point if it isn't something you want. I am sure that you will be grandfathered in for at least some period of time. Unless, like me, you know you will be moving to multiple states, it seems unlikely to be a big issue in our practice lifetimes.
FWIW, my own health care provider is an ADN prepared womens health NP (via certificate). She's been a NP for about 30 years and I trust her completely. DNP or no DNP, I don't know if I'll ever be as terrific a clinician and professional as she. I will work hard and strive to be; I'm hoping a good education will get me started.