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Are FNP as good as DNP clinical wise?


Specializes in Instructor of Nursing and Med/surg nurse. Has 13 years experience.

I have considered pursuing an FNP what are your opinions about the master's compared to the doctorate for treating patients and career advancement?

FurBabyMom, MSN, RN

Has 8 years experience.

To answer your question, there can be wonderful FNPs who have a Master's degree (usually Master of Science in Nursing - MSN), or some are wonderful with a DNP. At the same time, there may be times that an individual's clinical skills or critical thinking are better than someone else's without considering the type of graduate degree.

If I were young and could afford it, I would probably just do the DNP and get it over with. Some organizations prefer DNPs over MSNs, others do not. The MSN market is quite crowded right now - the value of a Master's degree will probably be less as the degrees continue to be more readily accessible.

Edited by FurBabyMom