Hi, I am still a nursing student and already began to look days after my RN license. (Hope it is not too early :-)
I've noticed there are some schools that offer Nursing Doctorate Degree. One of them is Columbia University. It's called Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
I get some general idea from program description:
"The degree represents the highest level of practice in nursing"
"The degree would be conferred in any speciality in advanced practice."
"The post-master's program will be two years including one year of residency."
"The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will offer a clear credential to payors who increasingly want to apply standardized quality credentialing for all members in all states where they conduct business. Requirements for independent reimbursement of advanced practice nurses will mirror requirements for physicians and will include: standard competencies, certification, scope of practice and a professional degree."
From my understanding this program is different from traditional research-oriented Doctor in Nursing Science program. And this program has a residency requirement just as physicians do.
Can anybody give me some more idea as your understanding of this degree? Does that mean Advanced Practical Nursing can practice as Primary-care area and get the reimbursement just as physicians do?
Also, since degree would be conferred in any speciality in advanced practice., does that mean graduates can practice in any speciality? as nurse anesthetist, midwife, actue care?