As I reflect more on this topic, I maintain my immediate thought.
"I don't care anything about a DNP." And I don't. I think the entire premise of the degree is vapid.
Having said that, there are some things to consider.
The opportunity cost is too great. Losing work time is losing lots of money. Losing family time is losing something impalpable that you'll never get back. Billing won't change. Insurances won't reimburse more. There's no "extra" clinical value. Seems disparaging.
Presently, I keep working for income. I have no desire to maintain a clinical career, but I will do so because that's what I've got. A career change would be a lifestyle hemorrhage for my family. I'd be ok with it, but they never volunteered for it.
Sociopolitically, I don't "fit" with universities but won't say anymore about that. I don't care to advance my field with original research. Increasingly, I don't value administrators in the healthcare system and find the metrics by which their careers are assesses absurd.
That leaves me wondering, what can a DNP do for me. At a time, I considered an escape to academics or administration. I would make less money and be less enthusiastic than I am now. What's the point?
New grads, I encourage the DNP. The curriculum is shallow and base, but you will be, unfortunately, judged by not having it. Get it, but do it as inexpensively as possible. Use your local state university, work as much as you can plus 15%. But be good at what you do. Our profession has become too dilute and base.
For salty men like me, the DNP may as well be another liberal arts BA.