I received an email asking for my opinion of the DNP push. When I opened the email, I was unable to find the area to which I was to respond. I have been forced to just enter a blog on the subject.
If DNP will be the requirement for enty into practice, we will be shooting ourselves in the foot, AGAIN!!! Nurses are notorious for doing that. What is wrong with us. Who in their right minds wants to go to school for 8+ years to become a Nurse? They may as well become doctors. Then they will not have the limitations nurse practioners must live under. Having a DNP will not give us any more respect than we have now. Respect is EARNED, not given to us with a degree designation. There will be fewer nurses pursuing an advanced degree, and who will suffer, the people who are medically underserved.
The studies that show that nurse practioners give good primary care have been based on Certificate and Master's prepared nurses. How can you improve on those stats? I have looked at the curriculum for the DNP programs and originally thought that I might be interested if it would improve my practice, however, there were few clinical components to the programs that I researched. The additional instruction was primarily administrative and business related. How does that improve health care delivery?
If you ask a question, please provide a place on the web page to respond. I understand, most people in academia don't want to hear what we, who are in the trenches, have to say. Again, if you want respect you must earn it. It will not be bestowed upon us if we have a few more initials behind our names. It just causes resentment. Besides, don't we have enough? What are we trying to prove?
Donna Johnson,RN, CBN, MSN, FNP-BC