Nursing

CNOs remain uncertain about DNP-prepared nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, April 10, 2015

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The number of RNs with doctorates of nursing practice is growing, but CNOs are still unclear about how DNP-prepared nurses can apply their skills and knowledge to benefit their organizations and the healthcare system.

In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing released a position statement recommending that "entry into practice" education for advanced practice nurses be raised from a master's degree to the doctoral level by 2015. Nurses with practice doctorates were rare at that time. According to AACN data, only three schools offered doctorate of nursing practice programs and there were only seven DNP graduates when the statement was released.

Though the 2015 goal hasn't been met—many schools still educate APRNs at the traditional master's level—the number of DNP programs and graduates has increased enormously over the past decade. In 2014 there were 269 schools with practice doctorate programs and 3,065 DNP graduates, while another 18,352 students were enrolled in DNP programs, reports the AACN.

As the number of DNP-prepared nurses continues to grow, many healthcare professionals are asking, "What are we supposed to do with them?"

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