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.