The 4th National DNP Conference
In 2008 I attended the second DNP conference held by Doctors of Nursing Practice, LLC, and found it extremely interesting. My attendance at the conference informed the article "DNP Coming Into Focus" published in January 2009. The event's host is a group of DNP graduates who formed DNP, LLC to create a community for those interested in the degree. It was at the 2008 conference that I met David O'Dell, one of the founding members, who now writes for the DNP Answers blog and presented an ADVANCE for NPs & PAs webinar on the DNP in March. Read "DNP Community Is Born" for more on the organization.
The doctor of nursing practice degree has continued to be a tremendously important topic for nurse practitioners. There are nearly twice as many DNP programs in the United States as there were in 2008 when I last attended the conference. Graduates of this doctoral degree are finding their place in the healthcare community while some still question the degree's relevance. This year I'll be making a repeat visit to the DNP conference, and if you're interested in the clinical doctorate for nurses, you should consider attending, too.
The "2011 Fourth National DNP Conference: Impacting Health Care Policy" will be held September 28-30, 2011, in New Orleans, and plans are already under way for their 2012 conference. To find out more about the conference, visit www.doctorsofnursingpractice.org.