Quote from CrashVector
Now that the AACN is requiring nurse practitioners to have a doctorate's degree, I no longer plan to go on to become a nurse practitioner.
simple. Because some genious decided to force nurses that want to become an NP to earn a doctorate's degree, but the pay won't change.
The AACN's position is that they wanted a "parity degree" to the M.D, except that they didnt actually create parity. Imagine finding out that RN's will no longer be paid as an RN, and instead will be paid LPN salary instead. What would be the motivation to continue on?
Same with the NPs. Why earn a doctorate's degree and get paid the same as other NP's who have an MSN instead?! Makes absolutely NO sense.
Oh, and I've already seen the strife that MD's are putting up trying to not allow DNP's to call themselves "Doctor". Would I earn my DNP degree, I would reserve the right to be addressed by the title that the degree confers.
So, yeah...the AACN just "priced me out" of the market because I simply cannot afford to be in school for the extra years to earn the doctorate's degree, and come out making what someone with a master's degree makes. Extra student loans to pay off, extra years working the night shift, etc etc. Not worth it.
I'll be honest..I think you need to do some long, hard research if being an NP is what you want to do.
First, nothing worthwhile is easy to get...keep that in mind.
Second, the DNP is NOT a done deal in ANY state...they have not got a single BON to sign off on that and many colleges are NOT changing their NP programs to DNP-only for that very reason.
The majority of the DNP programs that I have found? Are ONE year longer than an MSN only program and you SAVE TIME AND MONEY going from a BSN to a DNP, than the BSN, MSN, DNP route.
Yes, you would be able to refer to yourself as "doctor"...physicians have a "doctor of medicine" degree, you would have a "doctor of nursing" degree...legally, they DO NOT have more of a right to be called by their proper title than you do. It is not up to their profession to decide what nurses are called.
But seriously...you really, really need to do more research because you are very misinformed on many levels.