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                            [body] => What Does a DNP Do? In the report Advancing the Nation’s Health Needs, the National Research Council stated that the nursing industry should develop a non-research doctoral degree (like the DNP), meaning that the Council saw a need for the change. The Council stated in its report that the degree progression as it existed for nursing professions at the time was slowing down the process of training new scientists for the nursing field and suggested that it would better to have a separate educational path for nurse practitioners instead of requiring candidates for a Ph.D. in nursing to first become practicing nurses at the master’s level. What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice? A DNP degree is very different from a PhD in nursing. DNP degrees are more clinical-based while a PhD in nursing will often focus on medical research. The DNP is a degree for those who plan to work in the field, not usually those who wish to become teachers. A curriculum for a DNP program will primarily focus on topics such as patient outcomes, population health, nurse management, advanced nursing practices, and healthcare advocacy. Within the DNP program, the college is likely to offer a specialization in the field. Possible specialties include health policy, executive leadership, public health and advocacy, and medical technology. Program specialties may also be focuses on a certain population such as pediatric care, women’s health, or gerontology. DNP programs are usually offered both on-campus and online. Accelerated options are available too including BSN to DNP programs that allow the student to earn credits for both a master’s degree and doctorate degree.     What Can You Do with a DNP in Nursing? Since DNP isn’t a job title, many students wonder what does a DNP do after graduation. Common positions held by DNP graduates (many of which were formerly MSN specializations) include: Nurse practitionerCertified nurse midwifeRegistered nurse anesthetistsAdvanced practice registered nurse With a DNP degree, the graduate could also choose to pursue an alternative career path. In this case, the graduate would secure a job as a healthcare lobbyist or clinical researcher. These jobs involve working outside of a medical setting like a hospital. Is a DNP a Doctor? . A common question that many individuals ask “Is a DNP a doctor?” As a graduate of a doctorate level program, there is the belief that earning a DNP allows the person to carry the title of doctor. In some cases, a DNP graduate may use the title of doctor before his or her name. However, some states do have legislation regarding when and where a DNP can use the title as doctor. The reason for the law is to prevent confusion in patients who may believe a nurse practitioner is a medical doctor. As long as the DNP graduate explains to the patient his or her correct job title, using the title doctor is acceptable. A DNP won’t qualify an individual for a medical doctor position, but he or she will be able to perform many of the same duties as a doctor. What Does a DNP Do? With a DNP degree, the nurse can provide medical care to patients. For a DNP degree holder that decides to become a nurse practitioner, he or she will be able to diagnose and treat patients, prescribe medications, order imaging tests and bloodwork, and provide education to patients about their healthcare. The role of the nurse practitioner is to provide high quality care at a reduced cost to patients. According to the AANP, research studies have shown a patient who uses a nurse practitioner as a primary care provider will have fewer hospital visits and less prescription costs. The specialization of the DNP graduate will also determine duties post-graduation. A certified nurse midwife will be involved in prenatal care of a patient along with labor and delivery. Registered nurse anesthetists work in hospitals to provide anesthesia to patients and monitor their vitals while under. With a DNP degree, the graduate could also head into research and help lead medical studies to resolve health issues facing patients today. With a DNP, the nurse could also work for a community health office and provide research to help lawmakers make informed public health decisions. Related Rankings: Top 25 Best Value Campus DNP for 2020 Top 25 Best Value Online DNP for 2020
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                            [body] => What Is a DNP and Is It Worth It? By: Danielle LeVeck DNP, ACNPC-AG, CCNS, RN, CCRN What is a DNP? The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, or DNP, is referred to as a terminal degree in nursing because there is no higher level of education available for practice-based training in nursing. Nurses who have their DNP are sought after for positions in nursing leadership focused on clinical applications and are considered key players in the future of healthcare in the United States.  The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) is ultimately designed to produce leaders in nursing. Such nurses possess the highest level of nursing expertise and work either in a clinical setting or leadership role upon obtaining the required credentials. They possess adept knowledge to influence healthcare outcomes through organizational leadership, health policy implementation, and direct patient care.  If you’re considering a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, you might be having a hard time deciding if it’s the right degree for you. There are strong opinions on the degree throughout the nursing community and while some are true, there are also a lot of myths. Before I decided to pursue my DNP, I heard all sorts of comments,  “The DNP is a watered-down Ph.D.”  “The DNP is another excuse to squeeze more money out of nursing graduates”  “The DNP is not worth it”  You may have found this article as a brand new researcher who knows very little about the DNP. I’m here to share the first-hand experiences I received while trekking toward and completing my degree including,  Debunk myths and false information about the DNP degree Provide valid resources regarding the DNP Discuss the career outlook - benefits, salary, job growth, specialties, requirements 5 Things to Consider Before Pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). 1. The DNP is a Degree, Not a Role. For example, other degrees include a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Examples of roles are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), or Registered Nurses (RN). You need a certain degree to fulfill these requirements of these roles and to sit for each of the required certification exams. 2. Earning Your DNP Does Not Make You a Physician. The training of a doctorally educated Nurse Practitioner versus a physician is very different. Both are imperative and valuable to patient care, but they are not the same. 3. Not all DNP Programs are Created Equal . Do extensive research on your program to make sure you will meet the educational requirements of the APRN Consensus Model if you plan to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) upon graduation. 4. You Can Have a DNP and Not Practice as an APRN . APRNs include Nurse practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists). However, many nurses with DNPs do practice as APRNs, hence it is a practicing doctorate. 5. You Can Still Earn a Masters for APRN Training. Although the AACN is suggesting all master’s programs transition to Doctorate programs for APRN training, some master’s programs still remain for APRN training. Also, APRNs are currently allowed to sit for certification exams with a master’s degree. Show Me DNP Programs Where Do DNPs Work? DNP-prepared nurses generally work in one of two settings:  Leadership and administration  Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN) - direct patient care  Leadership and Administration DNP Roles. DNP prepared nurses who choose to work in leadership and administration play a key role in strengthening executive nurse leadership roles, as well as directly influencing healthcare outcomes through scientific findings. They play an essential role in creating innovative care programs that are not only sustainable but, economical as well.  In the workforce, you may find DNPs in the following roles,  Nurse Management Organizational leadership Health policy - state and national Health informatics systems DNPs in Advanced Practice Nursing - Direct Patient Care . DNP graduates who take the advanced practice nursing (APRN) pathway will provide direct care to patients that include managing, assessing, and evaluating care.  DNPs who focus on advanced practice nursing are required to sit for the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) certification exam. They may also be required to sit for advanced specialty certification as well.  In the workforce, you may find DNPs in the following roles,  Nurse Midwife (CNM) - professionals who provide reproductive health services before, during and after childbirth. They also provide primary care and counseling throughout infancy.   Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - professionals who work collaboratively with the healthcare team to administer anesthesia. Nurse Practitioner (NP) - clinicians who work autonomously to provide patient care and manage illness. Nurse practitioners specialize in a specific patient population such as, Family Nurse Practitioner (FRNP) Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Is a DNP Different From a Ph.D.? . There are only two doctoral level degrees in the nursing profession - the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Both degrees are terminal degrees, this means that neither is considered more “advanced” than the other. However, it’s important not to get the two confused.  Upon earning the proper credentials, both DNP and Ph.D. graduates are eligible to work as nurse practitioners. If you’re planning to work as a Nurse Practitioner after graduating and you earn a Ph.D. you’ll typically need a post-graduate certificate. The Ph.D. degree is heavily research focused and is generally pursued by those who are interested in scientific and scholarly work. Although both are terminal degrees in the nursing profession, a practice-focused degree will place more focus on translating and implementing evidence into practice. While both degrees require extensive research reported in a final DNP Project or dissertation, practicing doctorates generally include integrative practice experiences and the manuscript is like “telling the story” of research implementation. My Experience Earning My DNP. The purpose of my DNP project was to initiate palliative care consultations for end-stage heart failure patients in the cardiac critical care unit. I had a foundation of research, and heart failure guidelines, known as a literature review, strongly suggesting palliative care consultations were necessary to provide the best care for patients.  Easy, right? Not exactly.  The DNP walked me through the process of making the current research become reality while taking into consideration stakeholders, unit culture, organizational behaviors, financials, and measurable outcomes. My research was not considered generalizable and was most beneficial to my institution. My manuscript encompassed my original plan, plus the story and the difficulties I encountered. Show Me DNP Programs Is a DNP Worth It? Reasons to Earn a DNP. The doctorate degree may soon be the standard entry-level requirement for certification and licensure in advanced nursing practice. In 2004, members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), voted to increase the requirements of advanced practice nursing from a master’s degree to a doctorate level. The DNP curriculum builds upon the masters by including training in evidence-based practice, systems leadership, informatics, and quality improvement. Meaning, the DNP is ultimately designed to produce “leaders” in nursing. The current healthcare environment demands nurses possess a comprehensive skill set of scientific knowledge, outcome measurement, and leadership qualities, to assure the best patient outcomes. Doctorally educated nurses are needed to address shortages of doctorally prepared nursing faculty, increasing educational expectations, and national concerns about healthcare quality. Of note, a practicing doctorate is not new in other professions, nursing is simply moving in the same direction. Pharmacists obtain the PharmD, Psychologists can obtain a PsyD, Physical Therapists obtain the DPT, Audiologists obtain the AudD, etc. Access to opportunities in a variety of settings that were previously unattainable to those without a DNP degree from private practice to hospitals to universities and more. DNPs will continue to see increased salary and pay for years to come. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, advanced practice nurses earned an average annual salary of $117,670 in 2020.  Show Me DNP Programs How I Decided to Earn My DNP.  My certainty regarding the DNP did not come full circle until the beginning of my third year. At times, I did not exactly understand what I was doing, but at my core, I knew I wanted to help lift the profession to the next level.  I learned to trust the process and not only grew as a researcher, leader, and clinician but grew exponentially as a human being through the degree.  I feel equipped to educate new nurses, lobby for nursing policy, implement evidence into practice, and I have a better understanding of historical aspects of nursing that have led us to our current state. How Do You Get a DNP? Most DNP programs have multiple specialties to choose from including, adult acute/primary, pediatric acute/primary, women’s health, family medicine, emergency medicine, neonatal, psych, and nurse anesthesia. These programs can be completed in three, four, and sometimes five years. There are several tracks one can take toward earning a DNP: BSN-DNP: I completed a BSN-DNP track with a specialty in Adult-Geriatric Acute Care (AGAC). Upon completion, I met the requirements to sit for my AGAC-Nurse Practitioner and AGAC-Clinical Nurse Specialist certification exams. Therefore, once I pass both exams, I will be a doctorally educated, dual board certified APRN (it’s confusing, I know). MSN-DNP: One can already have a master’s degree, be working as a board-certified APRN in a given specialty and go back to school to complete their DNP coursework. Post-Master’s DNP: Options are available for administrators or educators who work in healthcare to get their DNP without repeating coursework. This option is beneficial for applicants with MPH, MBA, or MPA. Show Me DNP Programs Why The DNP Was Worth It For Me. I wholeheartedly believe in the training of this degree and would not change my academic path. I feel pressure to deliver as an expert clinician first and foremost, but then to expand upon my leadership abilities to promote and professionally represent the DNP. I plan to use my inclusive education to its full extent in the future and feel equipped to tackle clinical, academic, organizational, and systemic challenges to advocate for the nursing profession. Completing the BSN-DNP AGAC-NP/CNS track was my hardest academic challenge to date, but graduating was my proudest moment. Keep in mind that Much of the advice regarding the DNP that is currently available to the general public is often written by people who do not have one. Therefore, check sources before believing what you read. Below are some trusted sources with information on the DNP: AACN DNP Fact Sheet AANP Discussion Paper       U.S. News and World Report Top-Ranked DNP Schools (Research the top school’s websites for information on each specialty DNP) DNP FAQs. What do you call a nurse with a doctorate degree? Nurses that have earned a terminal degree or a doctorate degree should be referred to as Doctor. It is important that these nurses identify to their patients that they have earned their Doctorate in Nursing and are not Medical Doctors.  What can you do with a doctoral degree in nursing? Doctorate prepared nurses can treat patients, either independently or within a medical team, educate other advanced practice nurses, conduct research, or work for government agencies.  Why do nurses get a DNP? Nurses obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to gain advanced practice knowledge to provide safe and effective care for patients. This is a terminal degree for advanced practice nurses to continue to expand their knowledge which will generally include evidence-based research and teaching.   Which is better: a DNP or PhD in Nursing? This will depend on an individual's career goals. Both are considered terminal degrees and demonstrate clinical excellence in the field of nursing. A DNP is focused on clinical practice and a PhD is research-focused.  What is the salary of a DNP? According to 2018 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), DNP-prepared Nurse Practitioners earned an average annual salary of $125,440. Looking to advance your leadership and management skills? Check out some of these masters degrees that can get you there: MBA vs MSN: How to Choose the Right Degree for You  How to Earn an MBA in Healthcare Management Degree 8 Reasons Why Nurses Should Get an MBA  How to Earn a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) Degree  How to Earn a Masters in Public Health (MPH) Degree Danielle LeVeck, DNP, AGAC-NP, CNS, RN, CCRN an ICU Nurse Practitioner, blogger, writer, and social media influencer, who strives to empower and inspire nurses from all backgrounds, to partake in regular self-care and multidisciplinary teamwork, for the sake of providing optimal patient care. Follow her on Instagram @nurseabormalities and Facebook for her latest. Nurse.org's Popular Articles and Resources. Best Gifts for Nurses. Tis the season! Check out our list of the top gifts for nurses. 15 Highest Paying Nursing Jobs in 2021. You know all nursing jobs aren’t created (or paid!) equally, but do you know which nurses are making the most money in 2020? 2021's Best Nursing Schools. We've looked at programs nationwide and determined these are our top schools Start your Career Quiz. Ready to take your career to the next level? Find out what your next step could be. Featured Articles. Top Cheap and Fast Online RN to BSN Programs in 2022. Types of Master's Degrees in Nursing. Top Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Programs 2022. Nurse.org Find a job, learn, connect and laugh. Try us out. . Join our newsletter
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                            [body] => What is a DNP?The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare experts in clinical nursing practice or in systems-focused roles outside of direct patient care. It is the pinnacle of practice-focused nursing degrees, building upon previous nursing knowledge with advanced courses in quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and systems leadership. In addition to traditional post-master’s options, BSN-to-DNP programs are also available to provide a terminal degree entry-point into advanced practice nursing.  Featured Programs: Sponsored School(s)Sponsored School(s). All school search, finder, or match results, as well as colleges and universities displayed as “Featured School(s)” or “Sponsored Content” are advertisers that compensate us for placement on this site. The resources, editorial content, and school evaluations published on this site are developed independent of the schools that advertise here. Grand Canyon UniversityFeatured Program: Doctor of Nursing Practice Request Info Georgetown UniversityFeatured Program: Online BSN to DNP Program Request Info Purdue University GlobalFeatured Program: Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Request Info Capella UniversityFeatured Program: DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice program Request Info Simmons UniversityFeatured Program: Online Post-MSN to DNP program Request Info University of PhoenixFeatured Program: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing Request Info For nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), the DNP aligns with the predominant model in healthcare where advanced practitioners with demonstrated expertise hold doctoral-level degrees. In this sense, it can be compared to the doctor of medicine (MD), doctor of physical therapy (DPT), doctor of psychology (PsyD), and doctor of pharmacy (PharmD), among others. FIND SCHOOLSSponsored ContentDNP Nurses: Advanced Practitioners, Clinical Leaders, Change Agents and Much More …. DNP-prepared nurses bring a blend of clinical, leadership, economic, and organizational skills that puts them in a unique position to incisively critique nursing practice and design patient care programs that are economically feasible, locally acceptable, and that significantly impact healthcare outcomes.Nursing practice for DNP nurses can include both:Direct patient care in an APRN role (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist) and patient population focus (family/individual across the lifespan, adult-gerontology, women’s health/gender specific, neonatal, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health)Aggregate/Systems/Organizational role (public health, healthcare policy, nurse education, executive leadership/ administration, informatics)This means DNP nurses are prepared to perform nursing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals or populations by:Providing direct patient careManaging the care of patients and patient populationsAdministrating in nursing and healthcare organizationsDeveloping and implementing health policyThe Value of the DNPUnlike the PhD, the research-focused doctorate, the DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree directly related to nursing practice and is chosen by nurses seeking some of the highest level positions in clinical nursing leadership, administration, and management.Since May 2018, after publishing a white paper entitled The Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree: Entry to Nurse Practitioner Practice by 2025, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has been the organization carrying the torch in support of the DNP becoming the minimum education requirement for NPs and championing the campaign for universities to migrate MSN programs for APRNs to the DNP level. But this kind of support for the DNP is actually nothing new.In fact, more than 15 years ago, in 2004, AACN member organizations voted in support of the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing. The gist of the AACN’s official statement is that the nation’s changing healthcare environment increasingly requires advanced practice nurses with the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to ensure optimal outcomes and patient safety as healthcare itself becomes more complex and technical in nature. Amid a growing physician shortage, many also see this as the best and only way to improve access to high-level primary and preventative care comparable to what people get from MDs.Some of the factors behind AACN and NONPF support of advanced practice nursing education at the doctoral level include:The rapid expansion of nursing practice knowledgeThe increased complexity of patient careNational concerns about quality of care and patient safetyA shortage of nursing personnel, which demands doctoral-educated leaders who can design and assess careA shortage of doctoral-prepared nursing facultyIncreasing expectations for the preparation of other members of the healthcare teamThe Essentials of the DNP: The Components of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. A couple years after the official position statement was released, the AACN and its member institutions came together and formed a set of essential curricular elements and competencies for DNP programs, drawing them all up in a document entitled the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, followed by the DNP Roadmap Task Force Report outlining recommendations for how institutions can implement that curriculum. These documents remain the primary guidelines for DNP curriculum development and implementation today. FIND SCHOOLSSponsored ContentThe DNP builds upon the generalist foundation of a bachelor’s or advanced generalist master’s in nursing and establishes a base for advanced nursing practice in an area of specialization. Depending on the program, students may enter a DNP program with a bachelor’s degree (usually a Bachelor of Science in Nursing – BSN) or a master’s degree (usually a Master of Science in Nursing – MSN).Many institutions design DNP programs in part-time, accelerated, and/or online formats to accommodate working nurses with demanding schedules and professional responsibilities. Online DNP programs provide students with a unique opportunity to complete all or most of the didactic requirements through interactive, web-based study, relieving the burden of having to adhere to a strict academic schedule.The DNP Curriculum and Foundational Outcome Competencies. The DNP curriculum consists of two components:Foundational outcome competenciesSpecialty competencies/content that prepare students for practice and didactic learning experiences for a particular specialty; national specialty organizations delineate competencies, content, and practicum practices for specific rolesFoundational outcome competencies consist of 8 Essentials:Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice – Scientific underpinnings of the DNP education reflect the complexity of practice at the doctoral level and conceptual foundation of nursing. This includes a focus on both the natural and social sciences:Human biology, science of therapeutics, psychosocial sciences, and the science of complex organizational structuresPhilosophical, ethical, and historical issues inherent in the development of scienceEssential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking – Organizational and systems leadership are critical to improving patient and healthcare outcomes and are consistent with nursing and healthcare goals to eliminate health disparities and to promote patient safety and excellence in practice.Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice – Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice ensure a focus on the translation of new science, its application, and its evaluation.Essential IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Healthcare – DNP programs prepare graduates to use information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems and provide leadership within healthcare systems and/or academic settings.Essential V: Healthcare Policy for Advocacy in Healthcare – Study in healthcare policy ensures DNP graduates are prepared to design, influence, and implement healthcare policies that frame healthcare financing, practice regulation, quality, access, safety, and efficacy.Essential VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes – DNP programs prepare graduates to function in highly collaborative teams through advanced preparation in the interprofessional dimension of healthcare and effective team leadership.Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health – A DNP program always has a focus on health promotion and disease prevention.Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice – DNP programs allow students to refine their assessment skills as they apply to their area of specialization.Specialty Competencies/ContentThe DNP program is, by definition, a specialized program, as DNP graduates assume specific roles in the nursing workforce. While all DNP programs incorporate the DNP Essentials, further preparation falls into one of two categories:An advanced practice nursing direct care focusNurse practitioner (NP)Certified nurse midwife (CNM)Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)An aggregate/systems/organizational focusOrganizational and professional leadershipManagementHealth policyNursing/health informaticsDNP Programs with an Advanced Practice Nursing Direct Care FocusAll DNP graduates prepared in an advanced practice nursing role must be prepared to sit for an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) national certification examination. All APRN graduates of a DNP program must also be prepared to sit for national, advanced specialty certification, when available.DNP graduates prepared in an advanced practice nursing role must be able to demonstrate practice expertise, specialized knowledge, and expanded responsibility and accountability in the care and management of individuals and families.Because APRNs manage, assess, and evaluate patients, a DNP program must include a separate course for each of the following three content areas:Advanced physiology/pathophysiologyHealth/physical assessmentAdvanced pharmacologyDNP Programs with an Aggregate/Systems/Organizational FocusDNP graduates in informatics, healthcare policy, administrative, population-based specialties focus on aggregates, which include:PopulationsSystems (including information systems)OrganizationsState and national policiesDNP graduates preparing for advanced specialty practice at the population/organizational/policy level demonstrate competences in:Conducting organizational, systems, and/or community assessments to identify aggregate health or system needsWorking with diverse stakeholders to achieve health-related organizational or public policy goalsDesigning patient-centered care delivery systems or policy-level delivery modelsDoctor of Nursing Practice Program Structure. Although it is up to the institution, state board of nursing, and/or accrediting body to dictate the length and/or credit hours of a DNP program, the AACN recommends DNP programs consist of at least 3 calendar years, or 36 months of full-time study (four years on a traditional academic calendar).The AACN also recommends that institutions design of post-master’s programs on the candidate’s prior experience, education, and choice of specialization; therefore, at least 12 months of full-time, post-master’s study is necessary to earn a DNP.DNP Practice Experiences DNP programs provide opportunities for practice experiences aimed at helping students achieve the necessary competencies. According to the AACN, DNP programs should therefore consist of at least 1,000 hours of post-baccalaureate practice as part of a supervised program.Practice experiences should be designed to provide students with opportunities for feedback and reflection and should include in-depth work with experts in nursing, as well as experts from other disciplines, within practice environments. FIND SCHOOLSSponsored ContentEnd-of-program immersion experiences for DNP programs should provide the context within which the final DNP project is completed.Final DNP ProjectThe DNP program is distinguished by the completion of a specific project designed to demonstrate the mastery of an advanced specialty within nursing practice. The final DNP project documents the student’s educational experiences, provides a way to evaluate the immersion experience, and summarizes the student’s growth in knowledge and expertise.Final DNP projects may include:Practice portfolioConsulting projectPilot studyResearch utilization projectQuality improvement projectProgram evaluationBack to TopCareer ResourcesCareersFAQs About the DNPSalariesThe Role of DNP-Educated Nurses in Advanced Clinical PracticeEducation ResourcesWhat is a DNP and Who is it Right for?Why a DNP? – DNP vs MSNPost-Bachelor’s BSN-to-DNP ProgramsPost-Master’s MSN-to-DNP ProgramsAccredited DNP Programs by StateDNP Final Project GuideThe Best Value DNP Degree Programs for 2022Top Picks for the 50 Best DNP Programs of 2022DNP ScholarshipDNP Track CategoriesAggregate/Systems/Organizational Focus (Programs for Administrators, Educators, Executives and Informaticists)Direct Patient Care Focus (Programs for NPs and Other APRNs)Online DNP Tracks with an Aggregate / Systems / Organizational FocusThe Role of DNP Nurses in Clinical EducationThe Role of DNP Nurses in Developing Health PolicyThe Role of DNP Nurses in Educational LeadershipThe Role of DNP Nurses in Executive LeadershipThe Role of DNP Nurses in Health InformaticsThe Role of DNP Nurses in Public HealthOnline DNP Tracks for Nurse PractitionersAdult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Acute and Primary Care)Family Nurse PractitionerNeonatal Nurse PractitionerPediatric Nurse Practitioner (Acute and Primary Care)Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse PractitionerWomen’s Health Nurse PractitionerOnline DNP Tracks for Clinical Nurse SpecialistsUnderstanding the Difference Between the NP and CNS RolesAdult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (Acute and Primary Care)Neonatal Clinical Nurse SpecialistPediatric Clinical Nurse SpecialistWomen’s Health Clinical Nurse SpecialistOnline DNP Tracks in Other Direct Patient Care RolesCertified Nurse-MidwifeNurse-Anesthetist
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Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs Online Doctor of Nusing Practice Programs Online Nurse-Midwifery Programs Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs To become an NP requires experience as an RN as well as a post-baccalaureate degree. While many RNs opt to pursue a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) to become NPs, it is possible to enroll in some DNP programs with either a BSN or MSN. DNP vs NP: At a Glance. DNP vs FNP   NP with an MSN degree NP with a DNP degree Years of Education note: certain specializations require additional coursework and/or clerical hours BSN to MSN Path: -2 years full-time -3-4+ years part-time RN/ADN to MSN Path: -3-5 years full-time -5+ years part-time MSN to DNP Path: -1-2 years full-time -2-3+ years part-time BSN to DNP Path: -3-4 years full-time -4-7+ years part-time Salary based on 2018 BLS data Ranges from approximately $80,670-$182,750 depending upon specialty, work environment, experience, and education. Ranges from approximately $80,670-$182,750 depending upon specialty, work environment, experience, and education. DNP may open the door to higher-level roles like Chief Nursing Officer. Specializations -Acute care (ACNP) -Adult care (ANP) -Gerontology (A-GNP) -Family care (FNP) -Neonatal care (NNP) -Nephrology -Oncology -Orthopedics -Pediatric care (PNP) -Psychiatric and mental health care (PMHNP) -Pulmonology -Women’s Health (WHN) Same as NP specializations plus other APRN specializaties including: -Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist -Certified Nurse-Midwife and leadership positions like -Chief Nursing Officer -Nurse Administrator What is an NP? Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are specialized professionals in the nursing field that deliver both primary and specialty healthcare to patients.This includes diagnostics, treatment, offering medical counsel, and (in some states) prescribing medication. Of particular note is the fact that NPs have the authority to carry out the majority of their medical functions without the approval of a physician. Unlike RNs, NPs specialize in a particular discipline and must complete training and licensing requirements specific to their specialization. NPs have expertise that is in high demand across the healthcare industry. It is common for NPs to find work in locations like: hospitals physicians’ offices outpatient treatment facilities clinics schools Nurse Practitioners fall under the category of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). This title refers to the fact that to become an NP (or other type of APRN like a Nurse Anesthetist or Certified Nurse-Midwife), nurses must first earn a license as a Registered Nurse (RN). This requires either a diploma from a nursing program, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) degree, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. To advance from an RN to an NP requires a post-baccalaureate degree. The most common choice is a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), although DNP programs for BSN-holders are becoming more common. What is a DNP? The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is a post-BSN medical practice degree that is one of two possible doctorate degrees in the nursing field. A DNP degree is a practicing degree - meaning it includes advanced training in specific nursing skills and disciplines for use in the field. The other, a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy degree (commonly referred to as a PhD in Nursing), is best suited for research and scholarly roles. While a DNP degree is a doctoral-level degree, NPs with DNPs are not the same as physicians or other medical doctors (MDs). Instead, a DNP signifies a nurse has completed the highest degree of educational training in the nursing profession. Some NPs with DNP degrees move on to leadership roles in the healthcare field. Others remain in the field and use their qualifications to take on NP roles like those listed previously. While these particular nursing specializations are also available to NPs with MSN degrees, a DNP degree may offer nurses a competitive edge when applying for these types of positions and negotiating their working conditions. A DNP is and will likely continue to be a strong pathway for nurses looking to advance to the highest levels of their profession. DNP Salary vs NP Salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics APRN Salary Reporting, Nurse Practitioners had a median annual salary of $107,030 in 2018. Wages were generally higher for NPs working in hospitals and outpatient care centers than those working in physicians’ offices and educational settings. Since a DNP is a credential and not a dedicated career path, these statistics are based upon a mix of NPs with MSN degrees and DNP degrees. That said there are particular specializations that may be available to DNP-holders that may not available to NPs: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) - median annual salary of $169,450 Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) - median annual salary of $106,910 These figures illustrate an important point: a DNP does not guarantee a nurse higher pay. In some cases it is possible for a nurse with a DNP degree to work either in a specialization or setting for less pay than another NP with an MSN degree. That said, nurses with a combination of a DNP degree and appropriate work experience would typically qualify for the higher end of the nursing pay scale than nurses without their doctorate. The difference between the highest- and lowest-paying positions can be significant. For reference, the Bureau of Labor Statistics APRN reporting shows the highest 10 percent of APRNs in 2018 earned annual salaries in excess of $182,750 while the lowest 10 percent earned less than half that amount. Career Outlook for Nurses with DNP degrees vs. Nurses with MSN degrees. Overall, the Nurse Practitioner field is one of the fastest growing of all the healthcare professions. The NP occupation is expected to see a huge 36% increase from 2016 to 2026. This is due, in large part, to the growing demands for healthcare services and the willingness of states to allow NPs to carry out medical services (many of which were once reserved for MDs). As such, it is becoming increasingly common to see outpatient and urgent care facilities rely on NP staff to administer care to patients. Since the majority of nurses with advanced degrees only possess a MSN, a DNP degree may be a great way for an RN or NP to advance their careers and stand out as a candidate. Furthermore, a DNP might be the key to unlocking lucrative and influential leadership positions in the nursing profession. A DNP degree can open the doors to positions like a chief nursing officer or a nurse administrator that would not be available to NPs with only an MSN degree. Ultimately, the decision between becoming an NP versus an NP with a DNP degree is differentiated by a handful of factors: Years of Education. A DNP requires more course and clinical hours than an MSN, which typically means more time spent in school. Job Options. DNP-holders may qualify for several lucrative specializations that NPs with an MSN do not. Also, a DNP may an attractive credential when competing against MSN-holders for job opportunities. Earning Potential. 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                            [body] => DNP Degree: What Can You Do with a Doctorate in Nursing? Get Program Details . Which degree program are you most interested in? Which degree program are you most interested in? Which degree program are you most interested in? Please select an option Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) DNP-NP - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP-NP - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP-NP - Family Nurse Practitioner DNP-NP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP-NP - Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Next Step We value your privacy. As healthcare evolves, nurse practitioners and those with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree have more opportunities to work as independent healthcare providers and in leadership roles. Nurses with a doctorate lead the way in healthcare and take an active role in shaping the future of U.S. healthcare at the policy, organizational, site, and patient care levels. They have the clinical skills and knowledge to manage and implement changes to improve caregiving and patient outcomes. Higher education opportunities for nurse practitioners have developed rapidly over the past few years. The number of nurses pursuing DNP degrees to begin an advanced practice is also increasing. DNP Degree Outcomes. People who are considering a DNP degree might wonder, “What can you do with a doctorate in nursing?” A doctorate in nursing can lead to several rewarding career paths — from advocacy, to teaching, to leading clinical research. Educate the Next Generation. DNPs who aspire to the academic environment and think they may enjoy research, publishing, and interacting with students should consider an educational career path after obtaining their DNP degree. Nurses with a doctorate in nursing degree might join a university faculty or work in research institutions. They can also find employment in conducting hospital or clinical staff continuing education. Here, DNPs work with students and develop the curricula and educational methodologies for a program. Conduct Groundbreaking Research. A DNP degree also makes it possible to research new ways of treating patients and optimizing outcomes for both patients and caregivers. Nurses with a doctorate in nursing degree can launch a successful clinical research career with an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare. Clinical research nurse practitioners often partner up with other medical or academic professionals to coordinate and implement clinical studies, design research programs, choose investigation methodologies, take care of study participants, and draw valid conclusions based on empirical evidence. From oncology to infertility treatment research and new pharmacological product examination, clinical research nurse practitioners can specialize in an extensive range of fields. Such a career choice comes with a high level of satisfaction with every discovery that’s made. Serve Patients at a Higher Level. What can you do with a doctorate in nursing if you don’t want to pursue the academic or research paths? There are many other choices. DNP graduates can opt for an advanced patient care practice, particularly in medical fields that need extensive knowledge and specialized skills. With a doctorate in nursing, professionals can practice as psychiatric mental health nurses, family nurse practitioners, adult gerontology nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses, or psychiatric nurse practitioners, as long as they become a licensed nurse practitioner. Advanced practice nurses benefit from a higher level of autonomy when caring for patients because of their specialized skills and academic preparation. These nurses can open their own clinics and are entitled to practice without a doctor’s supervision in 23 states. DNP degree programs educate nurse practitioners who want to develop their independence as healthcare providers. Lead Healthcare into the Future. Earning a DNP degree gives nurses the perspective, background, and context to push for change in the healthcare field. Many healthcare innovators began their paths by obtaining a doctorate in nursing degree. Pamela F. Cipriano, former president of the American Nurses Association, is an example of an innovative advanced practice provider who holds a doctorate in executive nursing administration. Cipriano was named one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine because of the many leadership roles she has held through the years. Other prominent holders of nursing doctorate degrees include Patricia Benner, a researcher who has worked on improving international nursing legislation; Jacqueline Fawcett, a pioneer in conceptual models of nursing; and Virginia M. Ohlson, a key member of the research team that studied the effects of the atomic bomb in Japan in the aftermath of World War II. Doctorate of Nursing Careers. A DNP degree can open doors in a number of settings. Doctorate of nursing careers are in high demand and can yield competitive salaries, especially for those with considerable experience. Nurses with a DNP degree can find opportunities for hands-on leadership roles in areas including hospitals and healthcare centers, private sector healthcare organizations, collegiate-level academia, government, and in consulting, just to name a few. Some popular careers for those with a DNP degree include the following. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Family nurse practitioners work with a wide variety of patients across the lifecycle. They are often the first point of contact in a medical facility and can diagnose and treat common medical issues. Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). Adult nurse practitioners limit their practice to adult patients. ANPs may focus on preventive care and patients with acute or chronic conditions, and in many states can diagnose and treat patients and prescribe medication. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). Generally working alongside psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners help patients manage psychiatric disorders such as substance abuse and addiction, mood disorders, and ADD/ADHD. College or University Professor. Some DNP degree-holders choose to pass their education and experience on to future generations of nurses. University professors teach courses, supervise graduate students, and serve as a resource of information. Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Chief nursing officers work in hospitals and healthcare facilities to manage and train teams of nursing staff. This role involves overseeing the ongoing development of nurses, purchasing equipment, maintaining the hospital’s budgets, collaborating with leadership, and beyond. Chief Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). A chief registered nurse anesthetist oversees all anesthetic procedures in a hospital or healthcare facility. In addition to administering anesthesia to patients, they also assess patients and communicate details of the procedure. Doctorate of Nursing Salaries and Job Outlook. The career outlook for nurses in higher education is favorable for those with a DNP degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for post-secondary instructors will increase by 9% between 2019 and 2029. According to May 2021 data from the compensation website PayScale, professors of nursing earned a median income of approximately $69,800 per year. Additionally, the BLS reports that nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners earn an average income of $117,670 per year. Job outlook is impressive, with the number of positions expected to grow by 45% between 2019 and 2029. Some DNP graduates may choose to work in healthcare administration. Medical or health services managers made a median annual salary of $104,280 in 2020 according to the BLS, with projected job growth of 32% between 2019 and 2029. Earn Your Doctorate in Nursing from Maryville University. What can you do with a doctorate in nursing? A DNP degree can open many doors, providing more autonomy and offering the opportunity for specialization in administrative, educational, and research fields. Nurses who want to make a difference in the lives and the careers of other nurses, as well as in the health of patients, might consider a DNP degree as the next step in their career progression. If you’re looking for the expanded opportunities that a doctorate in nursing makes possible, learn more about the Maryville University online DNP degree program. Recommended Reading DNP Careers for Advanced Nurse Practitioners Nursing Ethics: Ethical Decision-Making for Nurse Leaders Types of Nursing Degrees: Which Nurse Path is Right For You? Sources American Association of Colleges of Nursing, PhD Education American Nurses Association, About Chron, Careers With a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Daily Nurse, Adult Nurse Practitioner PayScale, Average Nursing Professor Salary U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical and Health Services Managers U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Postsecondary Teachers Learn more about the online DNP program. Get Program Details Be Brave Bring us your ambition and we’ll guide you along a personalized path to a quality education that’s designed to change your life. X Get Program Details This will only take a moment. X
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                            [body] => DNP vs. NP: What’s the Difference? April 28, 2021 by Cindy Blye The difference between DNP and NP is much more than just one letter. A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal educational degree, while a nurse practitioner (NP) is a professional role and job title. Nurse practitioners can be prepared at the master’s level or earn a DNP degree. As you explore advancing your nursing career, you may be comparing DNP vs master’s NP programs. Below, we share more information about the differences between DNP and NP, and how each path may align with your professional goals. The Difference Between DNP and NP. Let’s first look at how these nursing acronyms stand on their own. What is a DNP? A DNP degree program prepares nurses for not only advanced clinical practice roles, but also for leadership roles in healthcare organizations. A DNP degree is on par with a Doctor of Philosophy, or Ph.D. degree in nursing, but focuses on nursing practice rather than research. Instead of conducting nursing research or teaching at the college level, a DNP-prepared nurse might provide direct patient care, provide clinical training for nurses and NP students, serve on a hospital board or in a nursing administrative position or work on emerging health policies. The DNP degree requires coursework focused not only on more advanced clinical practice skills, but on high-level organizational skills, such as leadership, program management, healthcare administration, and health policy.  A nurse who holds a DNP degree has reached the pinnacle of the nursing practice-based educational ladder, placing them on equal ground with other healthcare providers that hold doctorate degrees, such as pharmacists, physical therapists and psychologists. What is an NP? A nurse practitioner (NP) is the title bestowed upon a nurse who has earned a master’s degree and completed additional clinical training that qualifies them to become certified in one or more specialties. An NP is one of four Advanced Practice Registered Nurse roles. These roles – which also include Certified Nurse-Midwife, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Clinical Nurse Specialist — require a nurse to hold at least a master’s degree with additional clinical training beyond the requirement for their RN license. NPs must be certified by an accredited certification body. While nurse practitioners can choose from multiple certifications and practice areas, including gerontology, neonatology and oncology, 88.9% of NPs choose family, or primary, care as their focused area of practice. For this reason, many nurse practitioners will specialize their education by earning a MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Should I Attend an FNP or DNP Program? As you explore DNP vs. FNP programs, consider your future professional goals. Attending a Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to take your nursing practice to the next level, with more autonomy – from independently diagnosing and managing patients, to prescribing medications independently. A DNP degree can open the door to other opportunities within a healthcare organization, such as positions in healthcare administration, heading a nursing department or as a clinical nurse faculty member. Here’s a further comparison of attributes of Chamberlain’s MSN FNP vs. DNP programs to help guide your exploration of DNP vs FNP programs:   DNP MSN FNP Education Required for Admission Master’s degree in nursing or higher Full admission requirements Bachelor’s degree in nursing or higher Full admission requirements Length of Study As few as 6 semesters, or 2 years As few as 8 semesters, or 2.5 years  Career Fields Clinical, leadership, clinical faculty, administrative, health policy, program management Clinical – multiple specialty and subspecialty areas, clinical-based research Certification Exam Required No Yes DNP vs. NP FAQs Is a DNP the same as a nurse practitioner? No, a DNP is a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a nurse practitioner (NP) is the title bestowed on a nurse who has at least an MSN degree and has completed the nurse practitioner clinical and didactic requirements. What’s the difference between DNP and FNP? Comparing DNP vs. FNP is like comparing DNP vs. NP. An FNP is a family nurse practitioner or an NP who provides patient care in a family practice setting, treating all ages from birth to death. A DNP is a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Is a doctorate required for nurse practitioners? No, a doctorate is not required for nurse practitioners at this time. However, several nursing organizations, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) support a movement to require a DNP degree as the entry-level education requirement for APRNs. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) wrote a position paper in 2018 calling for all new NPs to be educated at the doctorate level by 2025. Which is higher, NP or DNP? One is not higher than the other, as it’s comparing an educational degree to a certification. An NP is a master’s- or doctorate-prepared nurse that is certified and licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse. A DNP is a higher-education degree. An NP can earn a DNP degree, but a DNP-prepared nurse does not have to be an NP. What can a DNP do that an NP cannot? A DNP-prepared nurse has a deep knowledge of evidence-based care and the ability to apply this knowledge in practice. A nurse with a DNP degree can influence healthcare policies, take on administrative roles and provide clinical education for nursing programs. An NP without a DNP degree has not reached a terminal educational level that might be required for some roles. Explore Nursing Program Offerings at Chamberlain: Doctor of Nursing Practice MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner MSN – Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner By Cindy Blye. More from Nursing Today. View all > Chamberlain Conversations - New Nurses Reflect: Education…Read more Chamberlain Conversations – Nursing Takes Center Stage in…Read more Hero in Action: Chamberlain Professor Honored for…Read more Chamberlain University Receives Quality Matters Exemplary…Read more Show more > Request More Information . To receive the Chamberlain University Program Guide, including associated career paths, please select a program of study.
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                            [body] => Career Paths for Nurses with a DNP Whether you’re looking for a hands-on clinical role or a role that leads or creates policy, there are many career paths for nurses with a DNP. As a “terminal” degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the pinnacle of education in nursing practice. It also can put you at the forefront of nursing with skills that can take you in many directions. In This Article Types of Jobs | Clinical Career Paths | Nonclinical Career Paths | Salaries | Advancing Your Career Many of your career opportunities won’t necessarily have to do with hands-on nursing, and the type of doctorate you earn will factor into the work you do. For example, a nurse with a DNP might work as a nurse executive in a hospital or clinic, while a nurse with a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (PhD) usually focuses on scholarly research. “DNP graduates can consider advanced roles that perhaps they didn’t think they could pursue before,” says Daria L. Waszak, DNP, RN, CNE, COHN-S, CEN, associate dean and assistant professor at the Department of Graduate Nursing at Felician University in New Jersey. “They can become a leader, entrepreneur, consultant, policymaker, researcher, peer reviewer, writer, expert clinician, speaker, or educator. In many cases, it will be more than (one role) at the same time. The sky is the limit.” Here’s a primer on some of the DNP career paths you can take. Types of Jobs. Many nurses with DNPs continue to build their careers as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Others move out of direct care and into nonclinical roles. All DNP programs provide a core curriculum, and an opportunity to pursue your passion through specialized coursework. All DNP programs provide a core curriculum, plus an opportunity to pursue your passion through specialized coursework. As part of the core, you’ll learn to evaluate evidence-based research to improve patient outcomes. Then you’ll choose one of two paths: Clinical roles in which advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) continue to work directly with patients but with a specialty in assessing, diagnosing, and managing a specific type of patient care Nonclinical roles in which advanced practice nurses use their expertise to lead and improve care at the institutional level “I think that if someone is interested in the advanced clinical practice degree [DNP], whatever flavor that is, from there go into what you want to do whether it’s administration, academia, research, informatics, or patient care,” says David G. Campbell-O’Dell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, president of the professional association Doctors of Nursing Practice Inc. “I think that those who do not get the advanced clinical practice degree are going to be limited in the long run.” Clinical Career Paths. DNP programs with a clinical focus include: Certified nurse practitioner (CNP)Certified nurse midwife (CNM)Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) Advanced practice nurses in these clinical roles can have their own private practice, depending on the state. Otherwise, they generally work in: Physicians’ officesMedical and surgical hospitalsOutpatient care centers Depending on their expertise, nurses with DNPs in clinical roles also may work in other settings. Here’s a look at clinical roles and additional workplaces. Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) Provides primary, acute, and specialty patient care as an independent practitioner or in collaboration with other healthcare providersSpecializes in at least one patient population Additional Workplaces Offices of providers other than physicians (chiropractors, podiatrists, etc.)Colleges, universities, and professional schoolsHospice careSchool or university clinics Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Administers general, regional, and local anesthesiaWorks as part of healthcare teams in surgery, diagnostic tests, newborn deliveries, pain management, and trauma stabilization Additional Workplaces Offices of health practitioners other than physicians (podiatrists, dentists, etc.)Colleges, universities, and professional schoolsSpecialty hospitals Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Applies evidence-based research to a specialtyDiagnoses and cares for patientsServes as an educator, researcher, and consultant to interdisciplinary colleaguesProvides expert support to bedside nurses to improve care systems and patient outcomes Additional Workplaces Nursing care facilitiesHome health care servicesEmergency roomsLaboratories Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Cares for pregnant womenEducates expectant parents on newborn careAttends birthsProvides primary care for women Additional Workplaces Birth centersIn-home birth servicesSpecialty hospitalsColleges, universities, and professional schools Clinical Specialty Areas. While certified nurse midwives and certified registered nurse anesthetists are specialties in themselves, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists select a specialty to pursue. Nurse practitioners specialize in one of the following patient populations: Family/individual across the lifespanAdult-gerontologyNeonatalPediatricsWomen’s health/gender-relatedPsych/mental health Clinical nurse specialists focus on specialties defined by: Patient population (neonatal, pediatrics, adult, etc.)Medical setting (critical care, emergency room, medical/surgical units, etc.)Disease (oncology, diabetes, etc.)Patient care needed (rehabilitation, psychiatric, etc.)Problem (stress pain, wounds, etc.) The different ways of describing practice areas for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists reflect the subtle difference between these roles: Generally, certified nurse practitioners provide direct care to a specific patient population.Clinical nurse specialists can provide patient care, but they also manage the care of complex patient populations, work for improvements in healthcare systems and patient outcomes, and serve as expert consultants. Top NP Specialties. An APRN’s specialty will determine what certification exam they will need to take to be licensed. Here’s a look at the top specialties for nurse practitioners and required certification. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty Information Provides preventive care and treatment for patients from infants to senior adultsDiagnoses and treats patients with acute, and chronic health issuesCan further specialize in areas such as diabetes, pain management, or obesity management  Together, represent about 67% of all NPs, according to the AANP Certification One of the following, depending on state requirements: Family Nurse Practitioner—Board Certified (FNP-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)Family Nurse Practitioner—Certified (FNP-C) from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Specialty Information Provides care for adults into advanced ageDiagnoses and treats patientsEducates patients about managing illnesses and acute and chronic conditionsWorks with families and caregivers to facilitate patient care Certification One of the following, depending on state requirements: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner—Board Certified (AGPCNP-BC) from the ANCCAdult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) from the AANP Pediatric—Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Specialty Information Cares for children from birth through adolescenceInteracts with family members more than other NP specialtiesFocuses on preventive care and managing acute and chronic pediatric illnessesEducates patients and families about care Certification Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC) from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) Top Specialties for Clinical Nurse Specialists. As you’ll see, the names of the top specialties for CNSs might sound similar to the names of NP specialties, but the job descriptions and required certification are very different. Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) Specialty Information Applies evidence-based research to nursing practice related to young adults through advanced ageDiagnose and care for adult patientsServes as an educator, researcher, and consultant to interdisciplinary colleaguesProvides expert consultation on system improvements and patient outcomes Certification One of the following, depending on state requirements: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification (AGCNS-BC) from ANCCAcute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist—Adult Gerontology (ACCNS-AG) from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS) Specialty Information Applies evidence-based research to nursing practice related to infants and childrenCares for pediatric patientsServes as an educator, researcher, and consultant to interdisciplinary colleaguesProvides expert consultation on system improvements and patient outcomes Certification Acute Clinical Care Nurse Specialist—Pediatric (ACCNS-P) from AACN Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (NCNS) Specialty Information Applies evidence-based research to nursing practice related sick or premature newborns in intensive careCares for these newbornsServes as an educator, researcher, and consultant to interdisciplinary colleaguesProvides expert consultation on system improvements and patient outcomes Certification Acute Clinical Care Nurse Specialist – Neonatal (AACNS-N) from AACN Common Nonclinical Roles and Workplaces. Nonclinical DNP programs that emphasize leadership, management, policymaking, and other areas away from the bedside include: Populations Organizational management Systems (including information systems) State or national healthcare policy Nurses with DNPs who pursue nonclinical roles may work in general medical hospitals, but they can work in many other settings as well. Executive Nurse Leader Role information: Designs and manages patient care processesDevelops organizational policies and proceduresCreates facility-wide budgetsCollaborates with other healthcare professionals on organizational issues Also works in: Outpatient care centersNursing care centersNursing schoolsIndependent consulting practice Nurse Manager Role information: Oversees nursing staff in a healthcare facilityCreates employee schedulesInterviews and hires new nursesManages budgetsCollaborates with medical staff and other healthcare professionals Also works in: Urgent care clinicsPhysicians’ officesHome health care servicesNursing care centers Nurse Informaticist Role information: Integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individualsAnalyses data to improve patient systems and outcomesResearches, manages, and shares health information and data Also works in: Healthcare facilitiesHealthcare consulting firmsColleges and universitiesHealthcare product manufacturersLong-term care facilities Clinical Trainer Role information: Educates future and practicing nurses about theory and skills related to evidence-based practiceDesigns curriculum for clinical trainingUses research on nursing practice to design course models Also works in: Colleges, universities, and professional schoolsJunior collegesTechnical and trade schoolsEducational support services Certification for nonclinical roles like these can vary based on experience, a nurse’s specific position and workplace. Here are three common certifications for nonclinical roles: Nurse Manager/Nurse Administrator Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) from American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Nurse Informaticist Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC) from ANCC Clinical Trainer Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) from National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNEcl) from NLN What Can I Expect to Earn? Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn’t report nursing salaries by degree, so it can be difficult to determine specific salaries for nurses with a DNP.  However, chances of earning a higher salary with a DNP can be a good bet. Typically, the higher your education and the more certifications you have, the better your job opportunities and salary, says Campbell-O’Dell. For instance, the BLS reports that RNs, a category that includes nurses with all levels of education, earn an average annual salary of $77,460, while CRNAs earn an average of $181,040. $77,460Average Annual Salary for RNs $181,040Average Annual Salary for CRNAs With a DNP, you can land on the higher end of the salary spectrum for a position. Surveys indicate that a DNP nurse makes more than nurses without DNPs in the same role, says Campbell-O’Dell. Advancing Your Career. Even with a DNP, there can still be room to push your career ahead. For instance, you can add more specialty certifications or narrow your practice focus with certification in a subspecialty. If you decide to do this, consider where there’s demand and room for growth in nursing. Two areas where a post-DNP certificate may be especially useful are education and executive leadership. Two areas where a post-DNP certificate may be especially useful are education and executive leadership. “I think we will continue to see a demand for DNP-prepared professionals who are skilled in nursing practice but especially in leadership,” Waszak says. “We are also seeing more and more nurse faculty with a DNP degree.” Whether you decide to earn your DNP or you already have one and want to add a certification, you’ll find many options for online doctoral education. While you’ll have to complete clinical hours at an approved site and may have some onsite class requirements, online learning can allow you some flexibility to achieve your educational goals. Written and reported by: Anna Giorgi Contributing Writer With professional insight from: David Campbell-O’Dell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP President, Doctors of Nursing Practice, Inc. Daria Waszak, DNP, RN, CNE, COHN-S, CEN Associate Dean and Assistant Professor, Department of Graduate Nursing, Felician University
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                            [body] => What Is the Average Salary with a DNP Degree? NurseJournal Staff November 12, 2021 · 5 Min Read This guide provides information on DNP salaries, including projection figures and geographic data. NurseJournal.org is an advertising-supported site. Featured or trusted partner programs and all school search, finder, or match results are for schools that compensate us. This compensation does not influence our school rankings, resource guides, or other editorially-independent information published on this site. Are you ready to earn your online nursing degree? The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is the highest degree in advanced practice nursing. DNPs remain in demand for many healthcare roles, including teachers, administrators, and clinicians. Above-average salaries and high demand provide strong incentives to earn a DNP. According to PayScale, the average annual doctor of nursing salary is $103,710 as of May 2021. Specialty areas deliver different salaries. For example, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) earn the highest DNP salaries, with family nurse practitioners (NPs) typically earning less. Experience and geographic location also affect how much a DNP makes. Questions About How Much a DNP Earns. How many years does it take to become a DNP? It typically takes 6-8 years of college to become a DNP, four years for a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and another two years each for the master of science in nursing (MSN) and DNP degrees. Nurses with ADNs but not BSNs can often qualify for bridge programs that take 6-7 years. Do DNPs make more money than NPs? DNP salaries are generally higher than NP salaries, reflecting their additional training. However, nurse anesthetists, even those with MSNs, often earn more than family practice DNPs. Individual salaries depend on specialty, location, experience, and many other factors. Which is better: MSN or DNP? This answer depends on your career goals and how much time you would prefer to spend in school. MSNs take less time and cost less, but many academic medical centers prefer to hire DNPs, especially for higher-ranking or supervisory roles. Also, DNP salaries are generally higher than MSN salaries. What is the highest-paid NP specialty? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurse anesthetists, including master's and doctoral level, earn the highest DNP salary with a median annual income of $183,580. Nurse midwives earn a median annual salary of $111,130 — still considerably higher than the median U.S. annual salary of $41,950. Featured Online Programs. DNP Nurse Salaries in Common Industries. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with DNPs have the potential to earn the highest salaries in state, local, and private hospitals. Outpatient care centers; physicians' offices; other health practitioner offices; and state, local, and private educational services also offer comparable salaries. APRN Nurse Salaries in Common Industries Average Salary Hospitals; state, local, and private $124,660 Outpatient care centers $122,840 Offices of physicians $114,570 Offices of other health practitioners $111,610 Educational services; state, local, and private $111,400 Source: BLS, 2020 Top-Paying States for DNP Nurse Salary. How much does a DNP make in different states? While BLS does not distinguish between DNP and master's level practitioners, BLS data shows the state with the highest NP average salary is California, totaling $145,970. California also employs the most NPs of any state with nurse practitioner being one of the most common advanced practice specialties. Please note that this data includes all NPs and CRNAs, including those who do not have a DNP. Top-Paying States for Nurse Practitioners. State Average Salary California $145,970 New Jersey $130,890 Washington $126,480 New York $126,440 Massachusetts $126,050 Source: BLS, 2020 Find Out More About How Much Nurse Practitioners Make Top-Paying States for Nurse Anesthetists. State Average Salary Oregon $236,540 Wisconsin $231,520 Wyoming $231,250 Nevada $223,680 Connecticut $217,360 Source: BLS, 2020 Find Out More About How Much Nurse Anesthetists Make Top-Paying Metropolitan Areas for Nurses With DNPs. The metropolitan areas with the highest DNP salaries are all in California, near Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay areas. In these regions, the average doctor of nursing practice salary is at least $152,640, and the average salary rises even higher in the Vallejo — Fairfield area. However, these areas carry a high cost of living. The metro areas with the most NPs are more geographically dispersed, including the Midwest, East, South, and the West. Similar to how DNP average salaries increase with high cost of living, areas with higher populations also employ more NPs. Top-Paying Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Practitioners. Metropolitan Area Average Salary Vallejo — Fairfield, CA $188,070 San Francisco — Oakland — Hayward, CA $177,800 Salinas, CA $155,310 San Jose — Sunnyvale — Santa Clara, CA $153,240 Napa, CA $152,640 Source: BLS, 2020 Top-Employing Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Anesthetists. Metropolitan Area Average Salary Miami — Fort Lauderdale — West Palm Beach, FL $193,540 New York — Newark — Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA $218,380 Detroit — Warren — Dearborn, MI $194,710 Chicago — Naperville — Elgin, IL-IN-WI $175,560 Houston — The Woodlands — Sugar Land, TX $185,910 Minneapolis — St. Paul — Bloomington, MN-WI $213,570 Source: BLS, 2020 Salary and Job Growth for Nurses With DNPs. BLS projections indicate that employment for nurses with DNPs and other advanced practice nurses will grow by 45% from 2019-2029, much faster than the overall job growth rate. Factors driving this figure include the growing need for healthcare workers as the United States population ages, a shortage of physicians, and employers hiring more advanced practice nurses to perform physicians' responsibilities. This demand helps to keep DNP salaries high. How to Earn a DNP. DNP programs take 6-8 years of education, including four for a BSN, two for an MSN, and another 1-2 for the DNP. Most MSN and DNP programs require at least 1-3 years of clinical nursing experience. Prospective DNP students should also have at least a 3.0 GPA (more competitive programs may set a 3.25 or higher minimum), a current and unencumbered nursing license, and professional references. Administrative-track DNP programs may not look for clinical experience, a BSN, or an MSN, instead requiring a degree and experience in healthcare administration. Clinical DNP programs may require APRN certification and clinical experience. Decide which type of DNP program is best for you When choosing a DNP program, consider your preferred specialty and career, the school’s reputation for that specialty, and all associated costs. Apply to DNP programs Give yourself plenty of time to review your application and collect recommendations or alert your references. If the school offers it, schedule time with admissions staff. Secure funding for DNP programs Most schools offer grants, loans, or both. Some healthcare employers offer conditional financial aid. Professional associations, foundations, and corporations also provide scholarships. Choose a specialization Consider your career goals and DNP salary expectations, demand in the regions where you would like to live, and the kind of work that gives you the most satisfaction. Graduate with a DNP and find a nursing job Clinical jobs and some administrative jobs require APRN certification. Use your school and personal network to identify job opportunities in the field. Related Resources. The Best Online RN-to-DNP Programs 2021 BSN-to-DNP Programs 2021 Online MSN-to-DNP Programs 2021 Types of Nursing Degrees and Levels NurseJournal.org is an advertising-supported site. Featured or trusted partner programs and all school search, finder, or match results are for schools that compensate us. This compensation does not influence our school rankings, resource guides, or other editorially-independent information published on this site. Are you ready to earn your online nursing degree? . Whether you’re looking to get your pre-licensure degree or taking the next step in your career, the education you need could be more affordable than you think. Find the right nursing program for you. Popular Resources. Resources and articles written by professionals and other nurses like you.
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                            [body] => DNP vs. MD: Key DifferencesView all blog posts under Articles | View all blog posts under Nursing Resources Health care is a rapidly growing field, and career opportunities are flourishing amid the industry’s growth. Many factors have led to this point, such as an aging population and reforms contributing to greater spending and more patients seeking treatment. A result of all this expansion is greater demand for skilled professionals trained to tackle the challenges of modern health care. At the highest levels of practice, students often choose one of two career paths: Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) or Doctor of Medicine (MD). Individuals in these roles undergo extensive learning and training and are thus prepared with high-level skills to not only deliver high-quality care but also potentially influence the field in other ways, such as in research or policymaking. However, despite their similarities, these positions are different in many respects. What separates a DNP-FNP and an MD is evident in the day-to-day working life and the philosophical underpinning of each role. Understanding the difference between nurse practitioners and doctors is important for any student pursuing higher education and an advanced degree (for example, DNP vs. MD degrees) necessary for these positions. What Is a DNP. A DNP is one the highest degrees a nurse can earn. Unlike a PhD in nursing, which focuses on research, a DNP emphasizes nursing practice. A DNP-FNP gives nurse practitioners an opportunity to advance their clinical practice and build their nursing leadership skills. The degree often requires the completion of clinical hours but frequently doesn’t obligate graduates to write a dissertation, a common requirement of nursing PhD programs. What Is an MD. An MD is a medical degree for physicians. Typically, it takes four years to complete, but then graduates must pass licensing exams and complete internship and residency programs before becoming legally practicing medical doctors. This takes an additional three to six years. The term “MD” also commonly refers to licensed doctors who’ve graduated from an accredited medical school. What Does an MD Do? MDs can specialize in fields such as family practice, cardiology, gerontology, acute or chronic care, and surgery. However, before they reach that stage, they must accrue thousands of hours through lessons, clinic hours, internships, practicums and residencies. Given their extensive education and experience, MDs often take on high-level roles, including executive medical director and chief medical officer, in various settings — hospitals, private practice, the public sector or community health systems. MDs diagnose diseases, manage patient health records, order and interpret medical tests, prescribe drugs, and follow up with patients. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts jobs for physicians to grow by 4% between 2019 and 2029. What Does a DNP Do? FNPs are advanced practice registered nurses. Furthermore, a DNP-prepared FNP has completed the highest level of education in nursing and gained the terminal degree, as well as the skills, knowledge and experiences that were a part of that process. With a blend of clinical and leadership responsibilities, DNP-FNPs can provide direct patient care and work in more organizational roles. DNP-FNPs can also enter independent practice, besides finding employment in hospitals, local clinics, private practice and other institutions. Depending on state laws and regulations, nurse practitioners are afforded a wide amount of autonomy in practice, meaning they can prescribe, diagnose and treat on their own without the direct physician supervision other types of nurses are subject to. Becoming a DNP-prepared FNP can also allow nurses to improve and direct care from beyond the clinic. Earning a DNP opens doors to nurse executive roles, such as executive nursing director and chief nursing officer, and similar nursing positions of policy and operational influence. Completing a DNP program can also help nursing candidates differentiate themselves in an increasingly hot job market. The BLS projects jobs for nurse practitioners to grow by 45% between 2019 and 2029. DNP vs. MD Salary. According to May 2020 data from the BLS, DNPs earned a median annual salary of $117,670. Top earners, however, made more than $190,900. MDs earned a median annual income of $208,000. MD salaries range considerably according to practice areas, with anesthesiologists earning a median annual salary of $271,440 and pediatricians earning a median annual salary of $184,570. What’s the Difference Between a Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor. DNP-prepared FNPs and MDs have some general overlap in their job duties and their areas of focus; both are committed to providing the best care they can. NPs and MDs receive a robust education to get to that level. Daily activities, such as ordering tests and assessing results, are also shared responsibilities, but the main difference between NPs and MDs is in the approach. There’s a fine line between MDs and DNP-FNPs. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) defines a primary care physician as someone “specifically trained to provide comprehensive primary care services through residency or fellowship training in acute and chronic care settings.” MDs provide services across the continuum of care and life, but they often do so through a lens of treating specific symptoms and conditions. The American Association of Nurse Professionals (AANP) defines NPs in generally the same way, but it adds that such professionals are distinguished by “their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person,” noting that these professionals “focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling.” Talk to Bradley University About an Online DNP. If health professionals feel that DNP-FNP career possibilities better fit their goals, they can seek graduate programs that provide the skills they need for such roles and offer scheduling flexibility, so they can continue working. An online DNP program allows nurses to complete their studies and courses on their own time. Without commuting and attendance requirements, nurses are able to learn when they can and progress through a diverse and rich curriculum that prepares them for the realities and opportunities of being a DNP-FNP. Interested in more information about online learning at Bradley University? Contact an enrollment adviser for details about our DNP-FNP degree today. Recommended Readings Nurse Practitioner Specialties: Types of Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities When Will a DNP Be Required for Nurse Practitioners? Principles of Nursing Leadership: Jobs and Trends   Sources: American Academy of Family Physicians, Primary Care American Association of Nurse Practitioners, What’s a Nurse Practitioner (NP)? U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Physicians and Surgeons Learn more about the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Download Brochure Apply Now X Rankings. #5 Among Regional Universities (Midwest) – U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges (2021) #5 Best Value Schools, Regional Universities (Midwest) – U.S. News & World Report (2019) Bradley Ranked Among Nation’s Best Universities – The Princeton Review: The Best 384 Colleges (2019). Only 15% of all four-year colleges receive this distinction each year, and Bradley has regularly been included on the list. 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                            [body] => FAQ: What is the difference between an NP and a DNP? Home > Frequently Asked Questions > FAQ: What is the difference between an NP and a DNP? Answer: Nurse practitioners (NPs) are specialized health care providers who administer direct patient care in clinical settings, and have received the graduate-level training to diagnose medical issues, develop patient care plans, perform certain advanced procedures, and prescribe medications. As one type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), NPs must earn either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in order to become certified as a nurse practitioner, and gain the title of NP. The DNP is one of two terminal doctoral degrees in the field of nursing. Those who earn a DNP have completed the highest level of training in nursing practice. The main distinction between the terms NP and DNP is that nurse practitioner is a career or job title, while the Doctor of Nursing Practice is a graduate degree. It is common to see nurse practitioners include MSN or DNP in their professional title, as a way to disclose their level of educational attainment. Along with this, they will often have the acronym for their particular nursing specialty (e.g. FNP if they are certified as a family nurse practitioner, or NNP if they are a neonatal nurse practitioner). Featured Online Programs (RN License Required). Traditionally, APRNs (of which NPs are a subsection) have been required to earn at least an MSN in order to qualify for national certification and state licensure in their specialization. However, there has been a push in recent years to raise this entry-level requirement to a doctorate, making the DNP the new standard for certification and licensure. In October 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and its member schools voted to endorse the AACN Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, which recommended raising the prerequisite for APRN certification from a master’s degree to a DNP by the year 2015. While this goal has not yet been attained, more nursing schools are beginning to offer DNP programs, and it is expected that the DNP will eventually become the preferred preparation for advanced nursing practice. As of 2017, either an MSN or DNP will qualify registered nurses (RNs) to sit for the national certification exam in their APRN specialization and become a licensed NP. To learn more about nurse practitioners and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, check out the brief summaries below. What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)? Nurse practitioners are licensed clinicians who provide direct care to specific patient populations. Working in a wide range of hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities, they tend to specialize in either primary or acute care, as well as a particular demographic, such as children and adolescents, women, or the family unit. While RNs primarily provide support services, monitoring patients’ health and administering medications under the supervision of a physician or APRN, NPs have the advanced training to develop patient care plans, supervise other medical staff, and treat certain illnesses and injuries on their own. However, it is important to note that an NP’s practice authority, the ability to practice independently of physician oversite, varies by state. Along with certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists, NPs are a type of APRN, meaning they have earned at least an MSN. APRNs must also pass a national certification exam in their specialty, which, in the case of NPs, is typically administered through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). Within the category of nurse practitioner, there are eight main specializations based on population focus: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Family Nurse Practitioner Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner The duties of an NP will depend largely on their particular specialty, as well as the state in which they practice. In many ways, they function in the same way physicians do: overseeing all aspects of care for their patients, and directing RNs or other medical assistants to best carry out care plans. An NP’s responsibilities typically include taking patient’s medical histories; assessing their current health status; diagnosing any issues; developing a personalized care strategy; coordinating care with other health professionals; treating acute, chronic, or behavioral conditions through procedures or medication as necessary; and educating patients about preventative health or how to best manage ongoing issues. In some states, NPs even have full practice authority, meaning they are able to prescribe medicine and practice completely independent of a physician. What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)? The DNP is a practice-based doctorate in nursing, and one of two terminal degrees in the field. While its counterpart, the PhD, is more research-oriented, and intended for students who want to work as nurse scientists or scholars, the DNP is designed for those interested in working in direct patient care or leading teams in a clinical setting. Students can earn their DNP in a general leadership or administration focus, or pursue their doctorate along with an APRN specialty, such as one of the nurse practitioner concentrations listed above. There are several different paths RNs can take to earn a DNP, depending on their current level of education, and the particular nursing focus they want to specialize in. In general, DNP programs fall under one of three categories: BSN to DNP Programs: This path is for RNs who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and want to pursue their DNP without first completing a separate MSN program. A full-time BSN to DNP program typically takes three to four years to complete, while a part-time program may take anywhere from four to six years. MSN to DNP Programs: This type of DNP program is the most common of the three mentioned here, and designed for RNs who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing. A post-master’s DNP program generally takes one to two years of full-time study to complete, or two to three years of part-time study. RN to DNP Programs: This degree path is for RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) who want to pursue their DNP without first completing a separate BSN or MSN program. RN to DNP programs are not very common, and some even require students to possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree in addition to their ADN. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in four years of study, while part-time options may take as many as six years. The primary difference between an MSN and a DNP is the specific set of doctoral-level coursework required in all DNP programs, as outlined by the AACN in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. According to the AACN, DNP programs must contain courses designed to prepare students in eight key competencies that are fundamental to all advanced nursing practice roles. These include organizational and systems leadership, health care information systems/technology, interprofessional collaboration, health care policy, and evidence-based practice. In addition to the DNP curriculum and any MSN-level coursework they must complete as part of their particular program, all DNP students are required to fulfill 1,000 post-BSN clinical practice hours. A portion of clinical hours earned during an MSN program typically count towards this minimum. At the DNP level, clinical hours are usually completed in conjunction with a student’s DNP capstone project, an original work that is developed and implemented over several semesters and practicum courses. This project is meant to demonstrate students’ mastery of the theories and practices learned throughout the DNP program, by giving them the chance apply these concepts and skills toward improving a certain aspect of the current health care system. Doctor of Nursing Practice FAQs. FAQ: Are there any online DNP programs that do not require the GRE for admission? FAQ: Beginning in 2015, will nursing students be required to earn a DNP to become an FNP or APRN? FAQ: Can you get a doctorate degree in nursing? FAQ: How long is a BSN to DNP program? FAQ: How long is a DNP program? FAQ: What is the difference between an MSN and a DNP? ×Close .
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                            [body] => What Can You Do With a DNP? Wednesday, April 7, 2021 If you’ve been wanting to learn more about what you can do with a DNP, discover how a Doctor of Nursing Practice can help you reach your nursing career goals. Nurse practitioners, administrators, and educators devote themselves to social justice, quality patient care, and equality. Today, many nurses are choosing to enroll in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. In fact, approximately 36,069 nursing students enrolled in DNP programs and about 7,944 graduated from DNP programs in 2019, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In addition, the number of DNP programs in the U.S. has grown from about 50 programs in 2007 to 357 programs in 2019.   What Is a DNP? A DNP is a doctoral-level degree for nursing professionals. It prepares nurses for the highest level of nursing practice by expanding their knowledge of healthcare ethics, policy, and practice. Whether nurses work as nurse practitioners, administrators, or educators, earning a DNP can prepare them to use their knowledge to make a difference.  To understand what you can do with a DNP in terms of career options, learning more about the different types of online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs can be helpful. Here are a few options:  MSN to DNP           . The most common DNP program is an MSN to DNP program, the option for nurses who have already completed their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and gained experience in the field. A post-master’s DNP program usually takes one to two years to complete and prepares graduates for a variety of leadership, administrative, and clinical positions.  DNP curriculum meets standards set forth in the AACN’s “Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.” For example, core courses should ensure DNP students become proficient in:  Organizational and systems leadership Healthcare information systems/technology Interprofessional collaboration Healthcare policy Evidence-based practice BSN to DNP       . Another type of DNP program is a BSN to DNP program, available to registered nurses (RNs) who have earned their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and want to forgo earning an MSN degree. This type of program typically takes three to four years to complete.  BSN to DNP: Nurse Practitioner. Some nursing programs offer different types of BSN to DNP programs, such as BSN to DNP: Nurse Practitioner and BSN to DNP: Dual Degree. With the first option, nursing students can choose a nurse practitioner specialty and prepare for a clinical career as a family, primary care, or pediatric nurse practitioner, among other options. All DNP students must complete 1,000 post-BSN clinical hours before they take on advanced positions in the field. Gaining experience through clinical hours can help nursing students prepare for the practical aspects of leadership positions as well as for clinical positions.  DNP Career Options. Nursing students should understand that, when it comes to what they can do with a DNP, much depends on what type of DNP program they enroll in. Here is a breakdown of clinical and leadership roles:  Clinical Roles               . Nursing students who are interested in clinical positions and working in bedside roles should enroll in a BSN to DNP or MSN to DNP program with advanced practice registered nurse specialties. Nursing students who have a desire to work in clinical roles as advanced practice registered nurses will typically become:  Nurse practitioners Clinical nurse specialists Nurse anesthetists Nurse midwives Most nurses in these roles work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers. These positions offer nurses a significant amount of autonomy. Some can work as primary care providers.  The U.S. expects a shortage of physicians in upcoming years due to an aging population, so the demand for advanced practice registered nurses continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) categorizes nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives together, and projects that the number of jobs for those in that category will grow by 45% between 2019 and 2029.  Leadership Roles        . Nurses who want to take on leadership or administrative roles should consider DNP programs that offer organizational leadership or business administration options. Professionals in this field can hold a variety of positions and work as:  Nurse administrators Clinical managers Nurse educators Nursing home administrators Public health nurses Health information managers Nurse informaticists Professionals in leadership roles have an educational background in clinical practice as well as management but typically have more administrative responsibilities. They most often hold leadership positions in hospitals, residential care facilities, and physicians’ offices.  Similar to the demand for clinical nurses, the demand for healthcare leaders is projected to grow in upcoming years. The BLS predicts the number of jobs for medical and health services managers will grow by 32% between 2019 and 2029.  Earn Your DNP at St. Kate’s. Nurses considering what they can do with a DNP have an array of career paths to evaluate. St. Kate’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers two options for nursing students:   The MSN to DNP: Post-Master’s option is available for nurses who already have their MSN and have worked toward completing some of their required clinical hours.  Registered nurses with a BSN who want to pursue careers as nurse practitioners can choose the BSN to DNP: Nurse Practitioner option.  Whatever your nursing career goals may be, St. Catherine University has a program that’s the right fit for you. To learn more about what you can do with a DNP, check out how a DNP program can help you make a difference in the healthcare field.  Sources: AACN, AACN Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing  AACN, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) AACN, DNP Fact Sheet Houston Chronicle, “Careers With a Doctorate of Nursing Practice” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical and Health Services Managers  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners Menu
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                            [body] => What Can You Do with a DNP? Career Outcomes and Skills Get Program Details This will only take a moment. . What DNP program are you interested in? What DNP program are you interested in? What DNP program are you interested in? Please select an option Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Family Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology - Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Unsure Next Step We value your privacy. Nursing is a complex field with many potential career paths. Some nursing professionals choose to focus their careers on technical nursing disciplines, such as nurse education and administration, while others are more interested in clinical practice. Although these disciplines feature different job duties and work environments, they have a common denominator: earning an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is an excellent way to accelerate career growth and satisfaction in all of them.Aspiring nurses may ask, “What can you do with a DNP?” The answer is simple: potentially qualify for a range of lucrative occupations in advanced nursing practice.According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, in 2020 nearly 15% of nurse practitioners held DNP degrees. But becoming a nurse practitioner is only one example of the many careers that can be pursued by DNP degree holders. Nurses who are contemplating pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP program can benefit from learning how a DNP can expand their career options.What Is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), the first clinical doctoral program in nursing was opened in 1979, creating new opportunities for career-driven nurses to continue their education beyond the master’s level. As DNP programs became more widespread, the curriculum structure evolved as well.The programs became more focused on clinical practice, with the intention of bringing nurses’ capabilities more in line with those of other health care providers, such as physicians and physical therapists. Programs typically focus on preparing student nurses for leadership positions as well as how to deliver patient-centered care as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Today, DNP programs teach students how to adhere to health care standards while implementing the most cost-effective, evidence-based care strategies.Overview of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum. Academic institutions determine the exact focus of their DNP programs, but several standards are usually consistent. For instance, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing states that the typical DNP program should prepare students for leadership in evidence-based nursing practice. This means all DNP programs should, at the very least, hone student nurses’ ability to evaluate evidence and use their observations to guide clinical decision-making processes.Because this is a terminal degree, the curriculum also covers complex administrative topics, such as how to improve clinical standards using insights learned through collected data. For example, DNP students learn to measure outcomes of clinical programs and use those benchmarks to identify ways to improve the quality of care at their organizations. Because of the leadership competencies they develop during their DNP education, graduates are also prepared to implement those improvements.With such a versatile nursing skill set, DNP graduates have competencies that can be equally valuable in all realms of nursing, including clinical practice, education, management, and research.What Can You Do with a DNP?Pursuing a DNP can position individuals for several career paths. As the examples discussed below demonstrate, the range of what you can do with a DNP is extensive.Nurse Practitioner. Nurse practitioners hold postgraduate degrees and have earned additional certifications to qualify for specialized roles in clinical practice. Like registered nurses, nurse practitioners perform a range of basic nursing tasks, such as recording patient data, performing physical examinations, ordering diagnostic tests, and administering medications and treatments.Furthermore, nurse practitioners are able to manage the complex tasks that coordinating primary and specialty patient care entails. Unlike registered nurses, nurse practitioners with DNPs have the expertise to analyze and interpret patient health data and then use their observations to plan and implement individualized treatment strategies and prescribe medications. Additionally, nurse practitioners can educate their patients about the best ways to manage their chronic illnesses, avoid injuries, and maintain overall healthier lifestyles.Many nurse practitioners pursue this occupation because they wish to specialize in a particular area of clinical practice. Aspiring nurse practitioners can choose to be certified in any of the following specialized fields.Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNPs) plan and implement treatment for adult patients whose ages range from early adolescence to late adulthood. AGPCNPs should be adept at preventing and managing chronic conditions. Through DNP coursework, they can learn the best ways to manage treatment for the elderly, especially those who are frail and require additional precautions during treatment. This knowledge makes these NPs great candidates for work in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term health care organizations.Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNPs) focus on providing care to adult patients who are dealing with complex and acute conditions such as hypertension or diabetes. They perform monitoring and develop treatment plans with the goals of both improving a patient’s health and preventing complications in the future. Because of the types of health care on which they focus, AGACNPs can be found working in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, but they also can work in settings such as trauma units, acute care units, or intensive care units.Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) typically provide primary care to all members of families and educate them about how to improve their health. Examples of their responsibilities include conducting physical exams, creating treatment plans, and performing diagnostic tests. In many states, FNPs are allowed to practice independently, without supervision from a physician. Nurse practitioners can leverage this higher level of autonomy to bring health care to communities that lack ample health care resources.Pediatric practitioners (PNPs) work alongside other pediatric health care providers to provide medical services to children and young patients under age 21. This specialization emphasizes an understanding of child biology and psychology. It also focuses heavily on honing the ability to build partnerships with patients and their families, as collaborating with children and their guardians will help ensure treatments are well received and effective over time.Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) assess the mental health needs of children and adults, develop and execute treatment plans, and prescribe the appropriate psychopharmaceutical medications.Women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNPs) focus on providing care to women, particularly pregnant women or those with reproductive health issues. They are also trained to intervene when their patients are displaying signs of emotional distress by offering counseling or other forms of professional support.As the examples above illustrate, exactly what you can do with a DNP when you work as a nurse practitioner can vary significantly based on your area of interest and state practice authority; however, the general steps to becoming a nurse practitioner are the same for all specialties.To become a nurse practitioner, the minimum education requirement is a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), but choosing to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) may allow for an expanded scope of practice that includes more complex clinical or administrative responsibilities. To pursue either a master’s or doctoral program, students will also need to be licensed as a nurse practitioner in their field of choice. Each specialization has a corresponding accreditation board and licensing process, and the exact requirements may vary from state to state.Although the path to becoming a nurse practitioner demands a significant investment of time and focus, the degree often pays off. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nurse practitioners earned a median annual salary of $111,680 as of May 2020. DNP graduates who are considering entering this field can be optimistic about their prospects of finding employment, as the BLS projects the number of nurse practitioner jobs will grow by a robust 52% between 2019 and 2029.Nurse Manager. Clinical professionals may be at the forefront of most health care environments, but nurse managers play a key role in ensuring that medical institutions maintain an acceptable level of quality for the services they deliver. Effective nurse managers must be able to evaluate the performance of their institution’s programs and initiatives, as well as the individual performance of employees.Nurse managers must be able to form a plan of action to correct any issues they notice within their teams. For example, if a program is not performing well, the nurse manager must communicate with his or her colleagues to determine why it isn’t working and then search for a solution. This usually comes easier to nurse managers who have honed their clinical expertise and decision-making skills through a doctoral nursing program.According to the compensation website PayScale, clinical nurse managers earned a median annual salary of approximately $84,400 as of August 2021.Nurse Educator. Becoming a nurse educator is a great example of what you can do with a DNP. The nursing field is currently experiencing a massive talent drain as veteran nurses retire. Nurse educators teach nurses in academic and practical settings, depending on their employers. Nurse education may take place in the classroom or in a clinical setting when necessary.To be a nurse educator, individuals must be at least a registered nurse with an advanced level of education. The higher the level of education, the more advanced coursework the educator will be allowed to teach. With a DNP, nurse educators may be more capable of earning higher pay; the occupation’s median annual salary was about $77,400 as of August 2021, according to PayScale.Nurse educators may want to consider additional preparation that emphasizes pedagogical skills. Certifications, such as the Certified Nurse Educator credential offered by the National League for Nursing, provide additional training in this area.Clinical Nurse Researcher. Nurse researchers are the force behind groundbreaking advancements in nursing theory and practice. They conduct tests and studies to identify new ways for nurses to apply their expertise, as well as to better understand how well medical programs are performing. Nurse researchers may work in labs, evaluate medical journals, or conduct research through clinical trials.In clinical trials, researchers work with a team to organize, oversee, and participate in the process of administering new treatments to patients. As they do so, they record and evaluate data to find evidence that shows whether the treatment is effective. Through this important work, nurse researchers help clinical professionals deliver health services more effectively, thereby improving patient safety and outcomes.According to PayScale, the median annual pay for a clinical research nurse was about $72,100 as of August 2021.Nurse Executive. As nurses take on increasing responsibilities in medical institutions, nurse executives are playing a critical role in the evolving modern health care environment. These professionals are responsible for communicating the vision of their organizations and ensuring all nursing units embrace that vision while consistently improving the quality of patient care. This requires promoting collaboration among the nursing staff by taking actions such as encouraging nurse managers to mentor their employees or training clinical nurses to improve their leadership skills.At a more technical level, nurse executives must know how to use data and other types of evidence to improve nursing practice. As executives, they can use the same methods to analyze the performance of their departments and help them operate more efficiently. The American Nurses Credentialing Center offers a nurse executive certification (NE-BC).According to PayScale, board-certified nurse executives earned a median annual salary of approximately $134,000 as of August 2021.Why Earn Your DNP?The benefits of earning a DNP are numerous. As the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) explains.Earning a DNP prepares individuals to better meet the demands of a health care system that is becoming increasingly complex.Equipped with the highest level of scientific education, DNPs have the advanced expertise to promote positive health outcomes.Courses in DNP programs enable nurses to expand their skills in areas such as leadership, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice.DNPs can implement the science that is developed through other types of nursing doctoral programs that are more focused on research.A 2020 article in the journal Nursing Administration Quarterly outlined additional benefits of becoming a DNP.DNPs’ expertise prepares them for leadership roles through which they can innovate, change, and enhance the delivery of health care.DNPs can promote changes in health care delivery that result in cost savings and improvements in safety.DNPs have the skills to strengthen collaboration, coordination, and open communication among health care professionals.Skills Required for DNPs. The possibilities for what you can do as a DNP are broad, largely because the skills the degree provides are quite extensive. The precise skills of an individual with a DNP will vary based on the specialization, but the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s core competencies for advanced-level nursing education provide a good overview of general DNP skills. They include:Skills in applying nursing knowledge: This includes, for example, having the ability to put the latest nursing science into practice in providing care, integrate advanced knowledge of specialty areas into clinical reasoning, and evaluate nursing care.Skills in providing holistic, patient-centered care: This includes having the ability to use advanced communication skills, develop evidence-based interventions, and contribute to policies that promote accountability and transparency in health care.Skills in managing population health: Examples of a DNP’s population health management skills include having the ability to identify population-focused priorities for health care, identify opportunities to improve population health through collaboration, and analyze the costs and benefits of interventions in population health.Skills in nursing scholarship: This includes, for example, being able to translate and disseminate nursing knowledge to improve health care, engage in scholarship to advance health care, and evaluate the outcomes of new health care practices.Skills in health care quality and safety: Examples of these skills include knowing how to create benchmarks to monitor health care system performance, analyze errors and situations that could affect safety, and evaluate emergency-preparedness plans.Skills in interprofessional work. This could include, for example, having the ability to consult with other members of a health care team in the DNP’s practice area, facilitate beneficial health care team dynamics to achieve positive outcomes, and integrate diversity into a health care team’s practices.Skills in systems-based practice. Examples of these skills include having the ability to conduct strategic planning for a health care organization, design practices that enhance quality and cost-effectiveness, and manage change to maintain a health system’s effectiveness.Earning a DNP: The Path to Nursing Leadership. Earning a DNP is a challenging and rewarding endeavor that can place nurses on the path to making a difference through nursing leadership. If what you can do with a DNP sounds appealing, then consider exploring the Regis College online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice program.RNs with a bachelor’s degree who enroll in the program experience the same rigorous academic classes as traditional students, but with the flexibility of online course delivery. Start your journey to a fulfilling role in nursing leadership today. Recommended Readings5 DNP Careers in the Health Care IndustryWhat Are the Steps to Becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?Why You Should Become a Nurse Practitioner Sources:American Association of Colleges of Nursing, DNP Fact SheetAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing, The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing EducationAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing, Frequently Asked QuestionsAmerican Association of Nurse Practitioners, Are You Considering a Career as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner?American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Are You Considering a Career as a Family Nurse Practitioner?American Association of Nurse Practitioners, The State of the Nurse Practitioner Profession 2020American Nurses Association, Nurse ManagersAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center, Nurse Executive Certification (NE-BC)American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Psychiatric-Mental Health NursesPayScale, Average Clinical Nurse Manager SalaryPayScale, Average Clinical Research Nurse SalaryPayScale, Average Nurse Educator SalaryPayScale, Salary for Certification: Nurse Executive – Board Certified (NE-BC)Nursing Administration Quarterly, “Complexity Science Fosters Professional Advanced Nurse Practitioner Role Emergence”U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse PractitionersU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Learn More About Our Online BSN-DNP Program Get More InfoPre-Qualify Let’s move forward. 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