Is Mandatory DNP by 2015 a Done Deal? - page 3

I am aware that the AACN has issued a position statement recommending a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) to be necessary to work as a new NP as of 2015. I wonder however, does the AACN have the final authority on this, or does... Read More

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    I understand what you mean. I am starting an fnp program at my school once I graduate and my advisor said it would still be a MSN because the market isn't demanding it. My college is a hospital. They employee 80% of the students. So I won't have a problem finding a job but I wonder if I move will I find a job without a doctorate...

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    ...but "parody" does fit the subject.
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    Updates? I went to the AANP site and they said nothing other than there was a "movement towards" the DNP requirement.
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    Yeah, my take is that there are reputable NP schools keeping their Master's programs and, like the "movement toward" BSN as entry level from 30 years back still has not materialized, I don't see the DNP as entry level materializing any time soon. Can you really imagine the states all getting together and changing their laws just as there is such a collective moan about the dearth of family practice docs? Methinks they would be shooting themselves in the foot. It's great to have the DNP option for those interested but the Master's will work just fine for me, thank you.
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    Have you reviewed the number of schools that have transitioned from a MS to a DNP in the past 3 years? If the market is not demanding the DNP why have the number of schools gone from 4 DNP programs in 2004 to nearly 200 in 2013? Why are there another 30-40 programs in the process of transitioning from MS to DNP.
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    JuanMartin, mzaur, Ellen NP, and 1 other like this.
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    A common response from many although I have not seen a reference to support. Have you looked at the number of NP faculty positions? The number of open positions increases every year. I have talked with NP faculty, most are not there teaching secondary to the big $$$. I do know that most faculty make less teaching as compared to practicing full time. there may be some programs, both MS and DNP that are money makers? Thinking more likely those are the private and online programs, although I have not seen the evidence. The cost is usually significantly higher as compared to public universities
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    Do you mean parity?
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    I wish it was a done deal.. Even though is not, many schools in many states are already moving toward that direction... limiting the opportunities for MSN options
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    There are only 3 ways for the DNP to become mandatory, I believe at least two of them have been mentioned. In any case:

    1. National credentialing agencies require DNP for certification

    2. State BONs require DNP for licensing

    3. Universities stop offering MSN level NP degrees

    Any one of the three action can make the DNP, more or less, mandatory. So far none of the three have happened or are planned to happen. I actually know of a few universities that have no plans of offering entry level DNP degrees.
    JuanMartin likes this.

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