The changing demographics of the population, a rise in the aging baby boomer population, and an increase in the number of insured persons confirm the need for healthcare providers who are able to provide culturally sensitive, high quality, and affordable care. The supply of advanced practice registered nurses in Louisiana who can work alongside physicians and other providers will determine the state’s ability to promote health. Looming shortages in primary care, especially in rural areas, pave the way for APRNs … Read the rest
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree was developed in response to a report from the Institute of Medicine “Crossing the Quality Chasm.” To improve the quality of care, the IOM suggested that nurse practitioners and physicians focus on teamwork, research, and technology. The DNP program aligns with recommended reform and covers the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice as designed by the American Association of College of Nursing.
Today the DNP is offered at several universities across … Read the rest
Currently, there is a no mandate for nurses to pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Still, there’s a growing awareness of the benefits it offers that is leading many to enroll in the program to obtain this terminal degree. According to the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN), an overwhelming number of colleges and universities are offering the program and producing thousands of clinical experts each year. There are several reasons for the exponential growth in admissions, but … Read the rest
There are two categories of doctoral programs in nursing: the practice-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the research-focused Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or the Doctor of Nursing Science degree (DNS). Both paths lead to a terminal degree that represents the highest level of education a nurse can gain. The DNP degree is the natural choice if continued clinical practice at an advanced level is in your career goals. With an emphasis on clinical practice, systems leadership, quality management, practice … Read the rest
The terminal DNP degree provides the ideal educational preparation for nurses to manage health care systems, assume leadership roles, advocate health care policy and practice at the advanced level according to the American Nurses Association. The curriculum equips nurses with the competencies to meet the needs of the fast-changing healthcare industry. The DNP is still a fairly new educational pathway that differs from the Ph.D. While the Ph.D. focuses on preparation for research and an educator role, the DNP prepares … Read the rest
Almost four years of research have proven the validity of moving the current preparation for advanced nursing practice from the master’s degree to the doctorate level. In spite of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s endorsement of this move, the Massachusetts Board of Nursing maintains the master’s degree as the standard for advanced practice. Advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists, are registered nurses who have completed additional … Read the rest
Primary care in the United States has a new face as nurse practitioners’ (NPs) assume more of a physician’s role. Over 40 percent of adults in rural areas who are suffering from one or more chronic conditions are already receiving care from registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses. The widening gap between the demand for primary care and the availability of primary care physicians would be a lot worse if it were not for the contributions of APRNs. There’s … Read the rest
Advanced practice nurses, and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, in particular, can help the current state of primary care. The DNP degree prepares students for advanced practice and places them on a comparable level as physicians, pharmacists, and dentists who must also earn a doctorate to practice. In their preparation for advanced clinical practice, DNP graduates also have a vital role in bridging the gap between administrators and bedside nurses. Their ability to work on both fronts can help them solve … Read the rest
Nurses who hold a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) are heralded as saviors to the profession as they can help bridge the gap between nursing leaders and nurses involved in direct patient care. The clinical doctorate keeps practitioners on the frontlines of patient care, to a great degree, so they’re in touch with the challenges of inadequate staffing as it relates to patient care and safety.
For more than two decades, the master’s degree has been the standard for nurses … Read the rest
Oregon’s liberal laws for advanced practice nurses, particularly nurse practitioners, enable nurses to participate in the delivery of primary care and help relieve the pressures on an overburdened system. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are registered nurses who have completed graduate-level study at the masters or doctorate level and national certification in a specialized area of practice. They provide effective, affordable patient care services, similar to a primary care physician, without any loss of patient satisfaction. In rural and medically … Read the rest