I am in my last semester in an FNP program after 15 years in a mixed Trauma 2 ICU. I think I am very cautious about FPA. I am reminded by the limitations of my education every day as I discuss my patients with the physicians.
What used to be an inexpensive, quick but high effort degree for decent pay has now become a 4 year slog full of fluff costing 40,000k. This drive for the DNP is frustrating. What is the basis of this? Was there any evidence of need for a DNP? Is the traditional MSN model not enough? Or is it more of the same where academia feels the need to increase the educational requirements to justify the income level as has been done throughout the last 60 years of nursing.
One big benefit of NP to the healthcare system are lower reimbursement rates.....increased education requirements = more educational costs, time, effort, group projects= same income. What sense is that? Oh thats right NPs are equal to physicians and should be reimbursed as such. Again no savings....
At my university it is possible to go from BSN to DNP with one year of bedside experience. Clinical experience only 1200 hours total and that doesn't even equal the PA's program requirement of 1500 hours
IF DNP "must" be "a thing" then at least make it more clinically oriented... all these filler classes about leadership, healthsystems, informatics and health policy leadership is a bunch of bunk. Its like the nursing academia are trying to turn NPs into the koolaid man crashing through the door yelling "I am a case-manager! A policy leader! I am a practitioner! I am EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE! and you.......you are a puny physician!" Sometimes I wan't to say just pick a lane, be great in your clearly defined role, and help the system out.