Ok, let me start off by saying that I am only a Licensed Pratical Nurse and I have A LOT
of questions and statements to make.
I have been an LPN for 7 years now and I'm actually enrolled in a college bridge program to obtain my ADN, then will transition to BSN. After I obtain my BSN, I hope to bridge to DNP/ACNP certifications.
I want to become a DNP/ACNP to better manage my patients in an acute care setting. I currently work on a Medical/Surgical floor and for the most part I like that the atmosphere, but I feel like the FNPs that work here with the PCPs and Hospitalists do not have enough control to effectively manage their patients without the PCPs/Hospitalist stepping in.
Which is fine, I understand that a FNP is not a MD and in some states require that physician partner.
Due to the recent recommendations that the entry-level to all clinical specialities will be DNP (or DNAP for CRNAs) do you think the education will eventually change? Let me explain myself. Right now physicians are, for lack of a better term, whimpering with their tails behind their back due to the whole ideal NPs and various other "clinical" specialities will be graduating with a clinical doctorate and most states do not hold restricitions of the NP calling themselves doctors infront of the patients. I do not see this an issue myself as long as the NP acknowledges to the patient what s/he has her doctorate in.
(Example: If I am a DNP/ACNP, I would address myself as Dr. Soandso and I will be your nurse practioner.
One of the main issues that I have read in recent months is physicians believe NPs do not receive enough clinical education to even be on par with a MD. Which in some cases I can see as being true, but a NP seems to grow with experience as does a MD.
I feel like if a DNP had less theory courses and more clinical courses the DNP would hold a higher respected place among physicians that will be our partners in the future of practice. If they are going to seperate the clinical doctorate (DNP) from the academic doctorate (PhD). Then I think they should split the education the same. I agree that some theory is required, but if it takes approximently three-four years after your BSN to become a DNP, then surely the next three and four years of your life isn't going to be theory oriented. Why not make the DNP more clinically oriented by teaching stronger pathophysiology, pharmacology, and dianogstic training. Clinical rotations....
I can some day the DNP becoming the next physician creditinal just like when the DO emerged.. but that is my opinion....