Currently I only have my MSN in Administration. I am not an advaced practice Nurse and do not want to be an NP. Leadership and Administration is my goal. There are a few Online DNP in Executive Leadership programs that don't require you to be an NP, but most DNP Programs require an NP. I live in Texas and can't afford out of state tuition. I am planning to start the PhD in nursing at UTMB in Galveston. I am not at this point planning on a research job, I enjoy research, but Nursing administration is my plan as of right now. Does anyone have any insight to the DNP vs PhD issues?
If you don't want to do research, you really need to take a serious look at a PhD. In my DNP program I've had the opportunity to work with a lot of PhD's and that's what they're all about. The students working toward their PhD are living and breathing research. Once they're done, they've got to write grants to get funded - that's how they get paid and justify their contribution to the university that they work for. I didn't want anything to do with research either, I wanted to be a provider. Now that I'm almost done with my DNP-FNP, I'm finding that while I still want to be a provider, I really want to find a way to make some sort of bigger contribution in terms of primary prevention and community service. I don't want an academic career though... so I'm not sure what my "job" will end up looking like when all is said and done.
In your case, I think you can rule out a few paths:
You don't want to do research - PhD should be last on your list
You don't want to be a provider - FNP, PMHNP, ACNP are off your list
As others have mentioned, what will a DNP add for you? What about an MBA?
Last edit by NerdDoc on Jul 23, '14