DNP Affecting Advanced Practice Healthcare
Q: Have you seen evidence of the DNP formally affecting practice at the advanced practice level or is this more of move to equalize the actual degree formalities?
A: I believe there is a growing body of evidence of the impact of the DNP on clinical practice. First, as a DNP prepared advanced practice nurse, I have heard the anecdotal stories from my colleagues of how the preparation received during DNP education has affected practice as an APRN, educator, manager and entrepreneur. I have also been privileged to participate on DNP capstone committees as an educator. The work that DNP students are engaged in is amazing and is positively affecting and improving quality of clinical practice.
Lastly, I think the answer is in the literature. DNP students who perform capstone projects are generally going to publish the results of their projects, which are frequently quality improvement projects or original research. Those DNPs go on to affect practice on a variety of levels, and write about that, contributing to the body of existing scholarship. In searching the literature for authors that are DNP prepared, you will find the evidence of the DNP affecting clinical practice and contributing to scholarship.
Editor's note: At the DNP Answers blog we take your questions about the DNP and answer them as best we can. This post is written by blogger Michael Zychowicz, NP. Zychowicz recently became chairman for the Master's Programs at Duke University School of Nursing. Comment below to discuss this topic, or send new questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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