Feedback on the DNP
Q: What are your feelings on the DNP? Is the degree really worth it?
A: The DNP movement has gained wide
acceptance. The numbers of DNP programs,
enrollees, and graduates have increased exponentially over the last ten years. There were 20 DNP programs in 2006, and in
2011 there were 182 programs in operation, with another 101 programs in the
planning stages. The number of enrollees
and graduates also grew from 862 persons enrolled in 2006 to 8973 in 2011; and
the number of graduates increased from 74 in 2006 to 1581 in 2011.
Over the same period, PhD programs grew, but
at a slower pace. There were 103
programs in 2006 and 126 in 2011. 3927 PhD students enrolled in 2006, compared
to 4907 in 2011. Such programs graduated a total of 601 students with a PhD
degree in 2011.
Initially, there was ambiguity about
the purpose of the DNP degree (that it was designed for clinical roles only), a
perception shared even by nurse educators.
However, as the DNP movement evolved and is overwhelmingly adopted, the
DNP degree is transforming not only how nurses are educated to take on advanced
practice clinical roles, but also to prepare nurses as administrators,
educators, and leaders.
As per the National
Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF, 2005), "DNP programs
prepare leaders who will improve the quality of care, patient outcomes, and
health policy that expands their impact on the health of society," (page 1, para.
3. Available at http://www.nonpf.com/associations/10789/files/DNP-NPCurricTemplates0907.pdf).
note: At the DNP Answers blog, nurse practitioners with a DNP answer
your questions about the degree. This question is answered by blogger
Mai Kung, NP, DNP. Comment below to discuss this topic, or send new
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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