Quote from CCRNDiva
While I understand your point in many ways, I must admit that I'm frustrated with the framework of DNP education. I looked into applying to a DNP program at a prominent university but I was stumped by the essay question. They wanted an essay to discuss what leadership position I see myself in 3-5 years, ie a VP of nursing, national lecturer, etc (these were some of the specific examples listed). I couldn't couldn't answer the question because I don't see myself in administration/ leadership position. I just want to take care of critically ill patients. .
So ... what role/job do you see yourself in? A staff nurse role? An APN at the bedside of an ICU patient? etc. I would start your essay by discussing the role you see for yourself and then discuss the type of leadership provided by nurses in that role. Even staff nurses can (and should) be leaders. If you are not interested in ANY aspect of leadership, then perhaps you don't need an advanced education.
Another aspect of this situation that may apply to you ... A lot of us get education that isn't exactly required to do our jobs. For example, I have a PhD -- but I have a job that doesn't require a PhD and I certainly don't use all of the advanced theory, research, and philosophy work I did in my PhD program. That doesn't mean it was a waste of time for me. It enriched my understanding of nursing and the world around me and I am glad I invested my time, effort, and money in that education. While I don't use all of it in my current job, I use bits and pieces of it. And who knows what I might find helpful tomorrow?
The DNP situation is still "new" and "evolving." It's not perfect ... but then, neither is anything else. None of us can predict the future. But we can look at the past and present -- and they indicate that nursing is moving towards higher levels of education for most roles. Don't ignore that fact as you think through what makes the most sense for you and your career goals.
Good luck with whatever you decide.