......the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) clearly states that the movement toward doctoral preparation for advanced practice nurses (APNs), including nurse-midwives, is a vision for the future, not a mandate. However, since the vote by AACN's membership in October 2004 to endorse the DNP degree as the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing practice, the DNP movement has gained tremendous momentum with 200 schools now moving to offer this degree. Nurse employers around the country have expressed interest in hiring DNP graduates who bring advanced layers of education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to their nursing practice. This value-added education makes DNP-prepared nurses cost-effective providers with the skills needed to enhance care delivery and improve patient outcomes.
Questions from individuals regarding the DNP answered by various authors:
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Oct 17, '06
Advanced Practice Nurses Say "No" to a Mandatory Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree.
A webcast video editorial.
Requiring a workforce of over a half a million APNs to obtain further education is a major concern [personal communication, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, May 16, 2006]. This could deprive many Americans of needed healthcare providers. Especially vulnerable are rural areas, where an APN may be the only provider available.
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