I will finish in may with my masters, FNP. I do want to go back and get my DNP, but wanted to see if anyone on here with it found it rewarding.
What is your desire to get a DNP for? Unless you have a specific goal in mind that requires a DNP (admin/academics), then it is only rewarding for you own personal goal accomplishment.
Mostly to teach when I predict i get burned out in my 40s from direct patient care.
I think a good general answer to this question is that it is just another tool in the belt; another key for the door. There will be anecdotal stories of associate degree nurses pulling down six figures and PhD prepared nurses living off grants...and lots of stuff in between. For me, getting my doctorate was a personal goal but also has been useful in leveraging my professional (and financial) advancement. I suspect I would have done well without my doctorate, but I wanted every advantage possible to succeed (I still do!). Just by pure supply and demand, having a doctorate puts you in the 1% category, which is a great place to be professionally, in my opinion. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
I think it depends on what you wanna do with a DNP.
I was disappointed when the local master's FNP program I was thinking to apply was transited to DNP. I just wanted to be a FNP and work in a clinic, so I didn't need a doctorate degree. Doctorate level courses cost more and paying extra year's tuition (and living expenses) will not be cheap.
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