Well, it's not the money, it's not the time, I think it comes down to my belief that we are not a cohesive enough group from state to state and that it is created in the realm of 'academia' rather than clinical. I also know that there is no guarantee that just because you are a DNP you will be able to admit to a hospital or gain any further privledge in a medical environment. I consider myself well regarded in my hospital. I'm not sure however the medical staff would say okay to me admitting my PCP patients under my own name. Is that a thorn in my side? Certainly, but I'm not willing to grandstand about it as I also feel that a previous NP with marginal hospital experience put several of us in a bad position. For instance, now when reapplying for privledges the President of the medical staff has to 'approve' our competency. I work side by side with him however, i believe it was set up to get rid of those who he doesn't feel are up to par or perhaps causing him aggravation. While this would likely never happen to a doctor I can bet it would still happen to a DrNP.
It is still a world that many doc's look at NP's as trying to steal their money. As long as that bias exists we will have difficulty. If we continue to have inconsistent standards for entry, varying degree requirements we will have difficulty. Those who choose to enter DrNP I am not against. Good for them. I just think it is a white elephant that does not make you a better NP in the end. I am not sure the intents of those who make the money are pure.
It doesn't make you a doctor. It gives you an additional degree. I think that is what pisses doc's off is the attitude of the Dr.NP component. I mean why not just have PhD with a clincal component. I think truly that some people will get off with the being called doctor thing and really won't have to correct the patient. It's misleading.