Quote from harmonizer
There is no excuse for nursing not to develop clinical doctorate. I don't know why so many of nurses are so negative about the change. Same things go for BSN & ASN. I know a number of MSNers going back to get DNP. I am all for DNP. It must be the requirement in 2015 like PharmD or DPT otherwise most people will opt for shorter route. I hope MSN will be eliminated soon. Who knows? MSN may linger around forever, just like ASN. It will make a different in salary. Graduates with higher debt load will demand higher salary, hence higher salary for all.
The excuse is that it's totally unnessary. Hours in the master's level NP programs are already wasted. My education and degrees are not limited to nursing which I state because I fully support being educated, but I contend that nine hours (or 3 classes) of my master's program were an absolute waste of time and could've been supplemented instead with the biomedical knowledge I need as a NP rather than nursing's attempt to "professionalize" itself through theory, and research courses ad nauseum.
The NP field was designed to make healthcare more accessible and part of that is a reduction in cost. Driving up salaries, due to a required yet unnecessary doctorate is going to drive up costs. My own doctor's group, for example, doesn't accept ANY Medicaid patients because the reimbursement is not deemed to be worth their time. I'm content with my expected NP salary which is a little over 100k in this area, and we don't have a high cost of living either. In comparison, the average RN makes about 38-41k annually.
I'm all for mandatory BSN for RNs and MSN for NPs, and the LPNs can have the associate's degree.
If you'll look at a Pharm.D. it's actually a six year degree with two obligatory years of prereqs followed by four years of pharmacy school which awards the doctor of pharmacy degree. Many of these pharmacists don't have anything but a doctorate, and a doctorate traditionally is awared as a graduate degree to someone who holds (or obtains along the way) a bachelor's degree (or higher). At a local school here, the first two years of pharmacy courses are actually labeled with junior level and senior level college course numbers (3,000s and 4,000s).
There is a growing movement in medicine to reduce the length of their academic preparation and even residency periods. Research it, and you'll see. Some have found that much of what they do is unnecessary particularly to primary care providers. No, more education and exposure is never bad, but we're talking about creating a professional not enlightening a soul.