The focus was psychiatric nursing, and I am adding on the psych NP certification since I already have a MSN. I already completed the 3 P's classes in a AGNP program and those classes were not that rigorous, in my opinion.
I never assumed the DNP would increase a RNs salary.
I read the curriculum descriptions before I enrolled, but the descriptions were vague and I was hoping the classes would have more clinical relevance.
My opinion that DNPs are not respected in clinical practice is apparent in that they usually don't receive any compensation or very little for having a DNP. Additionally, it is my observation from talking to colleagues (but that is anecdotal evidence, I realize that).
If I was younger (I'm 45) and had more money, I'd finish the degree. The DNP classes I took so far were interesting, from an academic standpoint.
Gosh, if anyone wants to get the DNP, have at it, but I'm not going to do it until it is more clinically based, similar to the training that PA's receive in diagnostics, differentials, advanced pharmacology and pathophysiology. It just doesn't make financial sense for me at this time.