Why You Should Take Your Nursing Degree to the DNP Level


Nursing has always been a very popular career for those who are looking to make a long-term, perhaps even lifelong, commitment to their profession. Few careers offer the same range of opportunities to progress and nurses will find themselves able to advance almost continuously throughout their career.

The DNP (doctoral nursing program) represents the highest tier of qualification that a nurse can earn. Consequently, earning a DNP will gain nurses access to the most senior jobs that the profession has to offer.

For this article, we have scoured the internet and collated the views of a number of nurses at a number of different levels and working in a variety of settings, regarding why junior nurses should aspire to the doctoral level.

It’s Becoming The New Standard

One of the most compelling reasons to study up to the doctoral level is the simple fact that, as more and more nurses reach the requirements for the most senior echelons of the profession, it raises the overall skill level of the profession.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN for short) has for some time now advocated that students should aim to study up to the level of DNP wherever possible. This is indicative of the increasingly prevalent view that trying to raise the average perception of a high standard from the master level to that of the doctorate.

Apply What You Know

While all nurses will have the opportunity throughout their careers to learn new skills and to improve and hone existing ones, it is only by reaching the doctoral level that senior nurses can truly begin to apply their knowledge to the most challenging problems in their profession.

Shape the Future

At the doctoral level, after successfully applying for a management level position, nurses will be able to have a bigger say over hospital policies and procedures. They will be able to take the lead in educating and inspiring the next generation of nursing professionals.

Studying Online

The rise of online degrees has brought education in reach of more people than ever before. There are a number of reasons why some people prefer to study online doctoral nursing programs. For some people, the fact that online degrees are much cheaper than their campus counterparts is a good enough reason. Other people have prior commitments and are only able to dedicate the necessary time for part-time, rather than full-time, study.

Studying an MSN to DNP online is, therefore, the cheapest route to the doctoral level. Don’t think that because an online degree is comparatively cheap it is of a lower quality. The lower price reflects the different way that online courses are conducted, as they cost less for the university.

Taking your nursing qualifications right the way up to the doctoral level is a worthy aspiration for any nurse. It is only once reaching this level that nurses are able to truly share their expertise and begin to leave their mark on the healthcare system.

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