n_g, I agree with your point. Many nurses have enough trouble funding graduate education and finding time to do it. Lengthening the program and making it more costly will not necessarily benefit them, improve the NP professions, or increase the # of NPs on the market or increase # of jobs.
Look at the requirements for a DNP. It's not all clinical, like an MD!! I think you would be better off getting a PhD in Public Health (DrPH?), it is a recognizable degree, you acquire more higher level job skills, and you would have more job options.
Meanwhile, the AMA continues to whittle away at the right of APRNs and CNMs to practice, malpractice insurance
becomes more difficult to obtain and rising costs drive CNMs and others out of a job altogether and back into the ranks of staff RNs, hospitals and MDs continue to drop CNM and maybe NP privileges, and the reimbursement fight with insurers goes on and on without resolution ... we can't even get a federal law passed in Congress mandating equal reimbursement for CNMs for care.
Given the big picture, this DNP seems pure vanity to me, sucking energy and time away from these other much more critical fronts.
Just my 2 cents.