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  1. A nursing faculty writes: "My college is pressuring all faculty with a Master’s degree to pursue a Ph.D. or DNP. I don’t feel this is something I want to do. Can I continue to teach without it? It wasn’t long ago thoughts of Doctor Nurse were ludicrous MDs didn’t appreciate the few brave souls that dared venture into that territory! Patients were confused and hospital administration wasn’t willing to cough up more pay. The average DNP in practice made about $50/hr. Depending on location, that amount could be earned three 12-hour shifts a week as a generalist nurse. Enter the 21st century: New era, new roles, and with-it new norms More letters behind your name, the greater your status. Now don’t get excited. Nursing faculty work hard to achieve these certifications, etc. and proudly display them. And, they should! Though I also know those who behind their names have more letters than the Oxford English Dictionary and are not capable faculty or nurses. It is your decision to pursue your post-graduate education It isn’t always the case, though. Colleges and Universities have determined nursing education has to maintain comparable professionality standards as other professions and therefore a greater number of terminal degreed individuals. Do you need a doctorate to teach? Yes and no On a tenure track - yes Teaching at a Community College - no Teaching in an ADN program - no Teaching in a BSN program – contingent on the institution - yes If the thought of pursuing yet another degree gives you hives, don’t panic. Switch to clinical teaching If your institution won’t budge, consider switching to a clinical teaching position. Job placement sites like Indeed.com, list dozens of available clinical teaching positions throughout the country. These require a master’s degree and some nursing experience. Contract work Another option is contract work. Colleges and Universities save money by hiring adjunct faculty term by term. An advantage is longer breaks between semesters. However, often these jobs don’t include benefits. If this option is desirable to seek a traveling nurse agency that specializes in education positions. Teaching Assistant If you can take or leave being head honcho, consider a graduate teaching assistant (TA) position. These faculty are responsible for performing teaching or teaching-related duties. They assist faculty members, professors, department heads. proctor exams, grade, and record tests and homework. The TA can fill in for a lecture and moderate classroom activities. (America’s Job Exchange, 2020). Positions in the lab or simulation department institution contingent may be associated with teaching. If you enjoy working with technology and creating interesting and effective hands-on learning, this could be the place for you. Some additional training may be needed. (LaFond & Blood, 2016) Consider going for that degree if You have ten years or more till retirement – worth your time You have available State or Federal Nursing Faculty loan repayment programs Your institution offers full or partial tuition reimbursement – take advantage of it Your area of expertise is in demand (mental health, maternal/infant) Your employer will offer you time off to take classes You find a program that offers part-time classes if that’s what is holding you back On-site classes are available if you don’t like online ones – if brick and mortar is your cup of tea Your kids are out of the house and you have more personal time – do it for you A terminal degree path may not be for you if You have a ton of family responsibilities – post-graduate degrees take up a lot of time You still work full or part-time as well as teach – ditto above comment The cost will put you over the edge – it’s never a good idea to stretch yourself financially Your job description does not require it – unless you want it for yourself You can achieve your personal career goals without it Getting that terminal degree isn’t easy or there wouldn’t be a nursing faculty shortage. Remember why you became a nursing instructor in the first place. It’s all the rage, for now, to have behind your name, prestigious degrees. Ask yourself, truly, is this for you? If it isn’t, find ways to continue your love for teaching with the degree you now have. Who knows, shaking it up a bit might just get rid of the symptoms of burnout you’ve been feeling lately.
  2. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) First, we will start with the Master of Science in Nursing degree. Students who want to start their graduate studies in an MSN role will choose to specialize in a field of nursing or another educational type of track, typically after earning a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Many MSN students go on to become certified nurse practitioners, specialize in information systems or instruct in a classroom or clinical setting. Some MSN prepared nurses lead their department as a nurse director or become part of the nursing faculty at a University. MSN nurses who specialize in patient care usually go to a primary practice setting, using their knowledge to help in treatment regimens for patients, under the direction of a physician. For example, Family Nurse Practitioners focus on caring for patients of diverse ages via a clinical setting. There are MSN tracks for virtually every specialty in nursing, from midwifery to an informatics specialist. The length of time to complete: After completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, an MSN degree is around 2 years. Though, there are a variety of programs that offer a BSN degree track straight to a DNP, which may shorten the duration of the program. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Next, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The DNP degree is a terminal degree for clinical nursing education as well as the graduate degree for advanced nursing practice preparation, as envisioned by r the AACN. The DNP nursing degree focuses more on the practice competencies versus the PhD which is focused on academic research. The DNP degree prepares nurses who perfect the skills, based on evidence-based practice to improve the health outcomes of patients. If more nurses obtain a DNP, there will be more nursing faculty to help prepare nursing students of all levels. A DNP is a degree which has responsibilities beyond an MSN role. DNP graduates have clinical responsibilities, but also have roles within the administrative and leadership areas of nursing, such as education, public health, public policy, informatics or administration. Many DNPs work within universities or scientific areas conducting research. In most cases, to obtain a DNP, you must obtain a Master of Science In Nursing, though, there are programs that are a BSN-DNP, skipping an MSN degree. If you desire to have a terminal degree in the advanced practice role, have clinical responsibilities as well as administrative duties, focused on leadership at the business, educational, or government levels, then a DNP degree is the right choice. The length of time to complete: In most nursing programs, after obtaining an MSN degree, a DNP degree takes three to four years to complete, although, some programs have tracks that lead to a DNP faster by selecting a BSN-DNP track Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The third level of an advanced degree program for nurses is a PhD. A PhD focuses solely on research. Many PhD graduates are researchers, nurse scientists or scholars. MSN prepared nurses and DNP prepared nurses work alongside physicians within their specialty field. PhD prepared nurses work with physicians as well, but on a research level, almost always in clinical studies rather than providing patient care. The length of time to complete: In most cases, after obtaining an MSN degree, a PhD program is four to six years. Most do not complete it as a full-time student because many nurses work in the hospital, classroom, or clinic. There are also programs available that are BSN-PhD, without earning an MSN degree. How to choose? Overall, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs collectively have an increasing demand for advanced practice nurses who wish to go on with their education. So, whichever you choose, you are going to aid in decreasing the shortage. When deciding which degree is right for you, it is best to think about your goals for the future. Another factor to consider is time. It can take up to six years to complete a PhD in Nursing. If you are willing to dedicate that amount a time is up to you. The programs are intense in research and require hours of study time. MSN prepared nurses are eligible to sit for their national certification exam for their specialty to become certified to practice. If you are able to obtain your certificate and would like your terminal APRN degree, a DNP is a great choice for your next step. Universities offer a variety of specializations from Midwifery, Neonatology, Family Nurse Practitioner, leadership tracks, informatics or education. A DNP works within patient care settings, but can also have an administrative role, directing leadership from a director's standpoint, as well as hands-on patient care. If your goal is to lead your healthcare organization, then this may be the path for you. If you like to research, enjoy the scientific side of nursing and want to be part of upcoming clinical trials or academic research, a PhD might be the best choice for you.
  3. bbear2102

    Finding My Place in Nursing

    My career path in nursing has taken many twists and turns. I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse, this was the easy part. While I was in nursing school, I decided that I wanted to be a critical care nurse. After I graduated, I started working in a medical ICU. I worked in critical care for 14 years. I loved it, and I was good at it. I had wanted to teach since nursing school when I had a particularly harsh nursing instructor. From that experience, I vowed that I would teach one day so that there would be one less mean instructor in the world. Over time I lost focus on that idea until my friend pushed me to pursue my master’s in nursing education. I applied to the master’s program and to an open position as the educator for my ICU at the same time. The last three years of my ICU career I was a unit-based educator. Unfortunately, burnout took a toll on me and I needed to leave the critical care environment. I took a job in the outpatient world, and after 2 years I knew I needed to be back in education. I went back to an inpatient educator position working with new graduate nurses. This was a great fit for me, but the work environment was toxic. A coworker was working part-time as a clinical instructor at the nursing school that I had gone to for my BSN. I had always wanted to teach at my school. I interviewed with them and was offered a position. I started working right away. I was able to start teaching at the school with just a master’s degree, but with the understanding that I will enroll in a PhD program. I have since been accepted into a PhD in nursing ethics program. I have been at the school for a year now and am learning more and more every day. Currently, I teach a clinical for second-semester students as well as facilitate in the simulation lab. Clinicals are great, it is so awesome to see how excited the students are when they perform new tasks or finally grasp a new concept. Working in the simulation lab is allowing my teaching skills to sharpen as well. I continue to improve on my debriefing skills after each scenario. It is great when we are able to have robust discussion after a simulation. I have also had the opportunity to design new, challenging simulation scenarios for the students. I am using all of my prior experiences in my current role. I use the experiences that I had as a bedside nurse, as a supervisor in the outpatient setting and as an educator with the new graduates. All of my prior experiences have helped me in different ways in my current role. The best part of my job is simply being a part of the education of future nurses. I felt lost for a while trying to find my place in nursing again after leaving critical care. I wanted to feel challenged but also feel that I was making a difference. I always said that I wanted to change the world, but I didn’t know how. I have found that in teaching. This opportunity is everything that I was looking for. I am able to be a positive role model for future nurses and help prepare them to care for others. It is hard work and I continue to improve with each clinical I teach, but it is worth it. Nursing is such an amazing career because no matter what you can always find your place. It may take time, it may take a few tries, but there is something for everyone in nursing. We can all find our place and we can all make a difference.
  4. SafetyNurse1968

    PhD vs. DNP - What's The Difference?

    ALPHABET SOUP: PhD, DNP, CRNA What is the difference between a PhD and DNP? I am sure there is a fantastically funny, off color joke in there, but I won't tackle that right now (fill up the comments section for me, won't you?) Both of these degrees are considered "terminal" degrees, meaning neither is considered "further" than the other. In addition to these two terminal degrees, nursing also has the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). This degree can be a variation of the DNP or it can be a DNAP - Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. I won't cover that one here either, but the earning power is significantly greater (I am assuming this higher rate of pay is to cover the cost of liability insurance - salaries start around $200,000). The difference between DNP and PhD lies in what I want to be doing with my time once I graduate. If I wanted to treat patients, or if my focus was on bedside nursing and best clinical practice, I would have considered the DNP; but I want to teach graduate level nursing courses and do research, so the PhD makes sense for me. The reality is that both are somewhat flexible. I have met DNPs who are faculty at undergraduate schools of nursing, and if I choose to, I could get a post-graduate certificate to practice as an NP; I will be looking into that (though my family may kill me if I go back to school). Here is a chart, summarizing the main differences between the two degrees: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Curriculum Research methodology Theories of nursing research Nursing education Translational research (evidence from and for the bedside) Healthcare policy Practice expertise Prerequisites Minimum of BSN, though MSN is typically preferred BSN or MSN depending on the program Credit Hours Required Averages 60 hours Includes dissertation hours Between 70-95 depending on entry with BSN or MSN Clinical work Minimal to none Up to 1000 hours Research Theory-based research with support of faculty mentors, research residency hours is required. The goal is to learn to do research independently. The final project is a dissertation. Clinical project that demonstrates intimate knowledge of evidence-based practice. The final project is a clinical paper. Online? Yes, many varieties from completely online to blended to seated Yes, many varieties from completely online to blended to seated Employment Nursing research Health Policy Positions Nursing faculty positions Healthcare Leadership Leadership in nursing practice, management, health policy, administration, government, academia in practice-based programs. Demand Demand is high in areas where waves of retirement are expected (AACN, 2014) At the highest levels. More DNP programs are needed; The AACN recommends a DNP for entry into practice (corrected statement, 4/3/18) Salary The mean salary for full-time nursing professors is $102,399, according to AACN data for the 2012-2013 academic school year. The 25th percentile is $82,005 and the 75th percentile is $117,075. The maximum salary, according to the AACN data, is $272,095.1 Average $98, 190; states with the highest average salary for NPs: California ($137,040), Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon ($120,980).2 HOW I GOT HERE I have written about my origin story on my Allnurses blog, Safety Rules --please give it a read. I have known from the start that I wanted a PhD. I have always loved research and a doctorate has always been my long-term goal. WHICH PROGRAM? So what next? I had a freshly minted ADN and some old degrees in biology. There are programs out there that will take you from ADN to PhD, or from BSN to PhD, but none of them fit my needs financially, geographically or philosophically. Even though I knew a doctorate was my end goal, I felt a lack of confidence in my abilities, and I wanted to go slow. Have you ever played the game "little alchemy" where you add two things together to get a third? Well, that's what I did. I converted my ADN and my Bachelor of Science degrees into a BSN in three semesters. I had a wonderful experience - I so enjoyed community health, research and theory! I then looked into doctoral programs, and found out that most of the programs in the Western North Carolina area require an MSN. The MSN took about 2 years, and I also very much enjoyed it. I did my first qualitative research ever, The lived experience of older hospitalized adults with fall prevention education for my thesis. I highly recommend doing a thesis if you are planning to go on for a doctorate (the other option at my school was a project); the experience really prepared me for the process of writing my dissertation. ONLINE OR SEATED? Any of the degrees I have mentioned so far can be done fully online (which is what I did), blended or hybrid, or fully seated. I prefer the online experience, but it isn't for everyone. You really need to be self-motivated to do online programs, and very organized! I always put all my assignments on my calendar at the start of the semester - as smart phone technology has evolved, I have used reminders and notifications to help me stay on track. Online is not for everyone. Many people prefer having a professor in front of them, with predictable, scheduled class time and office hours. There are several quizzes you can take to determine if an online environment is right for you.3 HOW TO PAY FOR ALL THIS? I did both the BSN and MSN while working, though I was VERY lucky to be able to take 9 months off to have a baby (thanks to an incredibly supportive partner). Imagine the "fun" of being in an online course while breastfeeding. I angled the camera so it just got me from the neck up, but I always worried I would forget what I was doing and accidentally flash the entire class. In addition, I was so pleased to find that there are funds out there to support higher nursing degrees. The hospital where I worked had a tuition forgiveness option, which I took advantage of, and I was able to get scholarships, grants and loans to support all of my degrees. One big piece of advice I would give is to not let concern over finances be a barrier - there is a big pot of money out there, though you may have to do some serious work to get it. I received a scholarship from my school for my final semester, and was able to work very minimal hours as I finished my dissertation. I found this to be invaluable. I don't know how I would have written for 12 hours, looked after my kids, kept up the house, and gone to work at a full time job while keeping my sanity (even with my scholarship, I feel that sanity "left the building" at times). There is an even greater opportunity for financial support if you are a person of color. Let me know in the comments if you need help with resources. College Scholarships.org is a great place to start.4 WHAT IT TAKES TO FINISH. There have been many stories in the news lately about grit and determination. You need both to finish a degree while working and raising kids. It was hard. I don't think I would have succeeded without the support of my family, financial support from various sources, and what I like to think of as "self-support" - I chose my programs wisely, and actively engaged in my courses. I formed friendships and developed relationships with my professors that continue to this day. It took me seven long years to finish my PhD. I think back on all the barriers I overcame with pride and with horror (how did I do it? Was I NUTS?). During the first few weeks of my program, we took in three foster children (I know, what were we thinking?). The miracle of that was that three other people in my cohort had either fostered or adopted children - that was incredible. I remember having to open my mind to other ways of knowing. Despite my qualitative thesis, I hadn't fully grasped the world of qualitative research. It wasn't until I took the advanced nursing theory that I truly began to understand other ways of knowing. Statistics was so painful, I don't even want to write about it, but I got through it. Part of a doctoral program involves developing a research topic and selecting a chairperson to guide you through the process. It took me a long time to arrive at my final topic: The effect of root cause analysis on senior nursing student safe medication administration practices. It's hard to choose a topic narrow enough to finish, but broad enough to give you room. There is a saying in graduate school, "don't try to save the world with your dissertation", and it is so true! (Hard, but true, because we all kinda want to save the world, don't we?) In addition to choosing a chair, you have three committee members there to give additional perspective. I had my committee in place for a year when my dissertation chair quit on me! But I persisted. I went through a lull when I didn't do anything. Almost a year passed during which I simply read articles and thought my thoughts. At last I found a new chair, and new resolve. I wrote my proposal, which is the first three chapters of the dissertation, and presented them to my committee. Committee members asked me lots of questions about my literature review, and I fumbled my responses and felt inept. I remember thinking, "I can't imagine having mastered all of this... I can't imagine being an expert in THIS". But I kept going. I had more than enough research in my first three chapters to get a really nice publication out of it, and I got my certification as a patient safety professional. During my dissertation defense (that's after you write all FIVE chapters...over and over and over again), I was asked many excellent questions, and I answered them all with confidence. I knew the literature; I have become the expert! A doctorate in nursing isn't for everyone, but it is perfect for some of us - for the almost 5,000 insanely dedicated individuals who graduate with a doctorate in nursing each year (and over 19,000 DNPs!!!), it is a huge celebration; the accomplishment of a lifetime5. A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM; 2010) The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health said in part, "Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression" A primary goal of the IOM report is to have 80% of nurses with BSNs by 2020, and right now we are only at 50%. "Research has linked higher levels of education for nurses with safer, high-quality care. The bachelor's degree is key: A nurse with a baccalaureate degree or higher typically has a greater understanding of cultural and economic issues that affect people, and with that context can assume more responsibility in making decisions and forging new approaches in health." I am part of that seamless progression now - you have to have PhDs to teach MSNs, and you have to have MSNs to teach BSNs. It's the circle of life in nursing!6 References: Faculty salaries: Nursing schools face faculty shortages NP salaries: Nurse Practitioner Salary | Certified Nurse Midwife | Anesthetist Salaries Online environment quiz: Are Online Courses for You? | CAREERwise Education; Online Learning Quiz | Online Degrees and Online Courses | University of Colorado Denver Paying for college: Grants for Nursing School Students from Government, Private, and Alternative Funding Number of Doctoral Degrees: Number of people receiving nursing doctoral degrees annually | Campaign for Action Nursing Education Decade of Change: https://campaignforaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NursingEducationDecadeOfChange-V508.pdf
  5. The scholarship is sponsored by Dr. Linda Burnes-Bolton, NBNA Past President and a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Foundation contributes to the scholarship as part of the matching gift program. The scholarship is in honor of the mother of Dr. Burnes-Bolton, Mrs. Lynne Edwards. Requirements (not all-inclusive) Candidate must be a nurse pursuing a PhD Member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter; if a chapter does not exist within a 50-radius of your location you can join NBNA as a Direct Member Enrolled in a nursing PhD program Good scholastic standing at the time of application One full year of school remaining Official Transcript(s) from an accredited School of Nursing Written Essay Two letters of recommendation Amount $5000