I'm fortunate that I work in an environment that HAS LOTS APRNs. Thursday afternoon I had lunch with about 75 of them. A reasonable mix of degrees. FNP, ACNP, MSN, PHD, DNP and one DNP/PharmD/JD. I asked what they felt. I know not exactly a scientific study. Only 6 said the Program/DNP made a difference in how they thought/practiced, etc.
Now what I did hear was "it forced me to think and justify my current practice choices", "Im glad Uncle Sam paid for it, because it got me nothing but a few extra letters after my name", "the faculty had 1/4 the experience I had", How could I take it seriously when m classmates were 20 something's who had never worked as nurses", "Well it forced me to study, which I hadn't really been doing once I hit the work force"
not a a single one who could call themselves Dr Nurse did so, unless they were in academic or publishing environment.
plus there were a bunch of negative comments about people getting DNP to avoid the work of PhD,
100% said if it was cost effective, and you were going to be able to get a $ return on your investment, it wasn't a wast. 100% said the problem wasn't the concept, it was the implementation, poorly thought out, politically motivated, and ego driven, not evidence and science based. That all pointed to the CRNA and stated that they got it right the first time.
the discussion pretty much fortified my thoughts.
DNP/MSN for your APRN, doesn't really matter. It's what YOU put into that is going to make a difference. That BIG name reputable school make no difference other than increasing your cost again it's what YOU put into it. (New grad 26 yo DNP from prominent NE nursing school, kept writing Insulin orders " give IM" when I asked she told me that was how you gave insulin.). I've watched DNP students doing clinical standing there watching and MSN students jumping in and trying everything.
to the post that started most of the discussion, IGNORE everything you read in the thread. All our posts are based on OUR own prejudices. If your in a place that offered a DNP and you can get admitted and afford it, go for it. If the local MSN/APRN is more cost effective, go for that. It's what works best for YOU! If you put in the work, you'll do fine and be a good provider.
my prejudice is I choose the EdD route and not the nursing route because it works best for ME.