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PhD or DNP to become Faculty?

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by adventure_rn adventure_rn, BSN (Member)

adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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elizabeast7 has 7 years experience as a BSN, MSN and specializes in TMS, Education.

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The vast majority of my fellow faculty have DNPs due to affordability and availability. There is also one EDd and one PhD. Most of the DNPs focused on management in lieu of getting a clinical degree/NP unless they were already practicing as an NP. I believe it has been previously mentioned - higher academia seems to prefer PhD candidates for tenure track positions but I have seen both EDd and DNP obtain tenure. One of the issues is that there are few education focused doctoral programs for nursing - most are research, management or practice. I believe this is an issue that is being rectified as we are recognizing that to have professional nurses, we need professional nurse educators and more emphasis on providing formal programs for nurse educators is happening with a number of them starting in the last few years. 

Good luck!

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