Q: How can the DNP faculty member improve nursing education?
A: A faculty member prepared as a Doctor of Nursing Practice may improve nursing education through his or her understanding of nursing practice. Although many faculty appointments now recommend or require faculty to maintain a clinical practice, the DNP degree emphasizes a set of skills beyond that of direct patient care. The skills learned in a DNP degree are specifically aimed at improving nursing practice directly or indirectly through the understanding and implementation of evidence-based practice, leadership, health policy and information technology. Additionally, a faculty member with a practice doctorate may be able to translate the use of nursing theory and science in practice through their own experiences and interpretations. Although nursing educators with PhDs are essential for the development of our discipline, faculty members with DNPs also add a rich component for students due to their ability to translate and implement our body of knowledge into practice.
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