A couple of the NP's in our group are seriously considering a DNP. There is only one such program in our state and because it is new, none of my peers want to be the guinea pigs for this particular program. However, we looked through the DNP program directory through AACN.(web link: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/DNPProgramList.htm)As we went through the course offerings in a few of the programs, we thought that some of them are actually worth looking into especially those ones that are touting an intensive "residency" in the clinical area. Even I was somewhat convinced that I should not jump into conclusion that the DNP is not going to benefit APN's in strictly clinical practice. Some programs have actually produced graduates.My question is, for those who have already completed their DNP, have you noticed any difference in the way you practice? any difference in your pay and/or stature in your practice environment? have you been able to obtain tenure-track faculty positions with your DNP? any other benefits that you can mention after having obtained your DNP degree?