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I'm still in the "gathering more info" stage - lol. What do you thinK? Is the DNP worth it? My own take on it is that I'm 49 now and do plan to work until I'm 70 (it'll take that long to pay off my student loans - teeheehee). However, since I'm already an APN, I'll be grandfathered in when the doctorate requirement comes out. My concern is that: is it an accepted degree? And if accepted, will it boost my earning potential?
Well, you know we've had all kinds of conversations about it here at allnurses.com
Like you said, and I agree, it will more than likely be the entry into practice for the APN. Yes, it is an accepted degree already.
As for boosting your earning potential, I rather doubt it, especially in the beginning. That remains to be seen and there will have to be precedence.
I feel certain it will be like when the APN did not require an MSN to practice. Then, MSN became the entry into practice. All without it were grandfathered in. I also feel certain, once the DNP is entry-level, there will be 3rd party reimbursement issues (along with Medicaire/Medicaid); all will follow suit and require the newly practicing APN to have the entry-level degree (DNP) in order to collect.