Quote from mskate
I have been reading about the starting requirements for a PhD program for NP degrees. I have concerns about getting my masters.
Although, I would be able to get my masters, pass the boards and be licensed - when it came to job hunting, especially in the future as DNPs are more common, wouldn't I be at a disadvantage having "only" a masters compared to other PhD prepared applicants? Just like many ADN nurses are not acceptable applicants in many areas for even case management jobs with a BSN, despite years of experience.
I am questioning if it would be wise to get a masters as an NP at all? I have no desire to go to school for a PhD with the relatively small pay increase from a bedside ICU RN to the being an NP. I am concerned about going THAT far in debt without a significant pay bump, no matter how much I think I would enjoy my work.
Anyone have any thoughts or input about this? Has there been other discussions about this?
I shall comment on the DNP from the outside looking in. I'm not a nurse. While I advocate advanced practice nursing I feel like the DNP is a joke. I've looked at the curriculum for such programs and find it to be laughable. With courses in leadership, theory, healthcare finance and policy, and a smattering of other stuff like that it doesn't come close to being equal with an M.D. or D.O. where humans are dissected, physiology is experimented with, and a limitless supply of pathophysiology instruction is available to you. If nurses want more autonomy then a doctorate may be the way to go, but it's not with the curriculum that they've set up. I don't see how the doctorate in physical therapy has yet to help them out much.
I think the DNP concept will stick around for a few years and go the wayside. The whole concept of cheaper, more readily available healthcare isn't answered by having doctorate-trained nurses. They'll have to be paid more, it will be harder to obtain an NP designation, and fewer people will pursue that route as entry into healthcare that would otherwise be attracted to advanced practice nursing.
Any work experience beats education. If you get your NP now, or within the next couple of years, you'll have work experience under your belt by the time the doctorate becomes necessary. At that point you'll be competing against academics and people that know what they're doing because they've done it.
Look at it this way, if you wanted to invest in a custom home would you hire the new guy with a degree in construction management that was perhaps a cum laude grad that worked a couple summers as a carpenter's assistant to oversee the project or a contractor who has been doing the job all his life complete with a portfolio of projects and references, i.e. his accomplished resume? I know who I'd pick. Personnel people aren't stupid. I supervise people all day and can tell you that the higher degree isn't always the best pick. Do what you want to do to be happy.
I'm sure I'm in for a rash of crap over stating the obvious here, but so be it.