Dnp : Nursing For The Current Advanced Practice Nurse

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Introduction: In its Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) recommended that the DNP should become the graduate degree for the current Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) roles of clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. Therefore, the DNP will be the educational requirement for APNs by 2015 and will coexist with PhD programs. Although PhD prepared nurses will continue to perform research and disseminate findings, DNP prepared nurses will apply and evaluate these findings in the clinical setting. In this manner, the two degrees work together to improve patient outcomes rather than threaten each other’s existence. Additionally, two terminal degree paths are expected to attract more students by offering the opportunity to focus on either clinical practice or research (AACN, 2011). Using the DNP essentials the competencies I will need to utilize in my nursing practice as a DNP is a better understanding and improving the development of needed advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles; enhanced knowledge to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes; enhanced leadership skills to strengthen practice and health care delivery; better match of program requirements and credits and time with the credential earned; provision of an advanced educational credential for those who require advanced practice knowledge but do not need or
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