west lafayette, ind., oct. 26 (ascribe newswire) -- u.s. universities are working to improve patient safety and make health care more affordable and accessible by increasing the number of nurses with a doctoral degree.
twenty-four universities and colleges including early adopters purdue university, columbia university, the university of kentucky and the university of tennessee memphis have launched doctorate of nursing practice degree programs, and nearly 200 more are looking to do so.
this national trend is driven by the complexity of the health-care system, said julie novak, the head of purdue university's school of nursing.
"the health-care system in the united states is in turmoil," novak said. "we're equipping a new generation of health-care leaders who will create genuine change