I wonder how aware employers are or will be as to what the DNP vs. MSN entails. From what I've heard, when people look for jobs many offices/employers don't even understand that there are distinct tracks within the NP role that have a lot to do with our ability to safely practice in a certain arena. Many jobs are advertised for PA/NP, but we don't "cross-train" like they do. The employer may look at RN experience, the existence of the NP certification period, and then NP experience. Check, good to go. Then along comes DNP....wha? huh? I guess you need to whip out your spiffy portfolio detailing your accomplishments and life-changing evidence-based medicine research projects. To which they may answer, "great, how many patients can you see per hour?". I know, I know, cynical me.
I'm just starting my MSN, and my school has now graduated some DNPs as well. They actually got rid of the MSN program, replaced it with DNP, then backpedaled realizing that they may have jumped on the bandwagon too early. Good for me! So, if it looks like a good idea in a few years then I may try to continue on, but I feel I'd get more out of it once I'm practicing as an NP already. That, and I'd like to earn some money before donating more to their construction projects