I'm not even an RN yet, and my knowledge is really limited. But why is there so much information out there saying -- definitively, like it's a done deal -- that nurse practitioners will be required to have doctorates in 2015 if that's not true? It even says it on wikipedia.
("Once again there are changes presently in the field, and by 2015 all new NPs will need to be trained at the doctorate level as a Doctor of Nursing Practice
. Once again already established NPs with lesser education will be grandfathered in
.") Not that Wikipedia is like the gold standard for accuracy or anything. That information has no reference listed, so I couldn't check it.
If it's not true, why is this misinformation being spread? Why don't websites just say that the ANA wants
NPs to have doctorates starting in 2015, instead of saying that it will be mandatory
How can it be verified that it will not be mandatory? How do you know that state Nursing Boards won't start to require it?
About the logistics, if/when a doctorate does become mandatory, will all schools just make their existing NP programs result in a doctorate, or will they continue to be separate degrees, or will the education process change?