Patients and families rely on nurses to hold their hands through tough times, simplify their decision-making, and be their advocates. In the fast-evolving world of healthcare delivery, nurses are doing more. They form the largest part of the healthcare team and can be found at the bedside or in the boardrooms influencing decisions that impact the entire healthcare system. To direct the efforts of healthcare teams, the next generation of nurses must be prepared for practice in the transformational healthcare … Read the rest
New innovations in healthcare are geared towards the improvement of life expectancy and quality of life. New treatments and ways to deliver care are the result of pressures to improve quality, increase efficiency, reduce costs, and lower medical errors. The healthcare industry is right now making innovative changes to respond to the healthcare demands of retiring baby boomers and the society at large who are suffering from multiple chronic diseases. While these changes are underway, the onus is on nurses, … Read the rest
If you’ve got your eyes set on a leadership role in a clinical setting, the Doctor of Nursing Practice is the degree for you. Nursing has numerous career pathways with different educational requirements, certifications, and degree of experience. The DNP is the terminal degree for the profession. It emphasizes advanced training in nursing systems, clinical practice, and organizational leadership, and depending on your chosen area of specialty, you’ll learn informatics, health care policy, and research. In a nutshell, the focus … Read the rest
You may wonder “Why do I need a DNP degree if I’m already a successful nurse?” If you want to change the direction of healthcare and build an organization from the ground up, then enrolling in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is essential. The terminal degree produces experts who are not only prepared to translate valuable research into actionable plans in a clinical setting but also fill top-tier positions in the healthcare industry. Many nurses who complete the … Read the rest
The shortage of primary care physicians is expected to worsen in the coming decade. Increased life expectant among the current baby boomer population and greater access to healthcare coverage are just a few factors that will increase demand on the healthcare system. There is a nationwide shortage of physicians, but to date, the shortage impacts primary care more than any other specialty. According to the Annals of Family Medicine, the nation will need an additional 52,000 primary care physicians by … Read the rest
Increased access to health care coverage by almost 32 million Americans places additional strain on the overburdened primary health care workforce. The population in rural North Dakota is especially at risk as less than 10 percent of the state’s physicians live and practice in these rural counties. One major factor that contributes to the primary care shortage in rural areas is the decision by medical students to pursue specialties outside of primary care. Specialists in other areas can earn as … Read the rest
Advanced practice nurses (APNs) play a vital role in the healthcare delivery system. Nurse practitioners, a category of advanced practice nurses, account for a substantial part of the clinical workforce and up to 42% of them provide primary care. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are both options for a registered nurse seeking to prepare for certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Graduates fill a gap in primary care for the underserved and … Read the rest
Constant changes in the profession of nursing call for nurse leaders who are capable of identifying problems before they emerge and make sound decisions to circumvent potential challenges. To lead healthcare organizations and draft policies that positively impact the profession, nurses must have a broad knowledge of advanced nursing practice, economics and finance, informatics, and healthcare policy.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to develop nurse leaders who can meet healthcare challenges and improve patient outcomes. The … Read the rest
There are two primary doctoral degrees for nurses. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) is research-focused and prepares nurses to generate new evidence to improve the profession. The second, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, is a practice doctorate that prepares nurses to function as experts in advanced practice and lead out in the application of evidence to improve practice from a clinical, administrative, or academic point of view.
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Graduate education is an investment of time and money. If you’re looking to move up the career ladder, you’ll have to decide whether to earn a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The DNP offers special benefits if your goal is to become a leader in the program – and it is a worthwhile pursuit if you can afford it. The completion time for the DNP is approximately three to four years, which is … Read the rest