DNP will eventually be the only way to become an NP.
CNS will require DNP soon as will Nurse Anesthetist will require their doctorate.
Is DNP necessary right now? Not completely. Will it be necessary in the future? Absolutely.
DNP and NP is sought to be a parity degree with their counterpart the MD/DO.
We need to elevate our profession and career.
Public relations, the way the public view the NP as a doctor or a nurse.
Rather it’s both, but in reality these sorts of things matter to the patient.
They also matter to the public, and the publics view.
NP wants to be equal to MD, or have full autonomy, right?
But an NP with a MSN can never be equal to an MD with their doctorate, not in the public eye.
White coat effect, placebo, initially impressions, and educational back ground also play a part in patient compliance, success of treatment, and satisfaction.
While it may not matter to an individual NP, or they may not see the point to the DNP, the profession is attempting to elevate itself to a new level.
It’s a money grab, it’s needed, it’s not needed, it’s a few extra papers, it’s trivial, it’s the future, its all of the above.
Its not so much what it is now, its what it is later for the profession as a whole.