Doctorate of Nursing Practice Research Paper by Nicky

A discussion of the pros and cons of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree and its impact on primary care.
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Published on Jul 09, 2010 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper explores the introduction of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, its pros and cons, and how this certification will affect patient care. The paper further discusses how it is hoped this degree will lead to more professional satisfaction and retention in the nursing field. This is explored in light of the current nursing shortage, for which several reasons are proposed for this problem. Suggestions are made to find a solution to the nursing shortage and to entice more young people into the nursing profession, one being the DNP. The paper concludes with a summary of the current situation in nursing and by making a clear distinction between the fields of nursing and medicine.

Introduction, Necessity of Discussion, and Historical Background
Exploration and Analysis: Current Information
Relevance and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"A large problem that is very significant is the fact that nurses are leaving at a rate that is higher than the rate of new nurses entering the profession. This is a particularly troubling problem, because this indicates that the nursing shortage that began some years ago is only getting worse. One of the reasons that people are not entering the profession in the numbers that they used to is that most nurses are women, and women are choosing many different and varied career paths today. Another reason is that those that are considering a career in nursing see how terribly unhappy nurses currently seem to be, and this causes them to reconsider what they are going to do with their lives (Beu, 2002). Whether the DNP degree could or would change that is up for debate and will be discussed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2004). AACN position Statement on the practice doctorate in nursing. Washington, DC: AACN Board.
  • Beu, Burke. (2002). Nursing Issues. The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Retrieved from
  • Fulton, J., Lyon, B., (September 30, 2005). The Need for Some Sense Making: Doctor of Nursing Practice. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Vol. 10 No. 3, Manuscript 3.
  • Grace, H.K. (1983). Doctoral education in nursing: Dilemmas and directions. In N.L. Chaska (Ed.). The Nursing Profession: A Time to Speak. New York: McGraw Hill, pp. 146-155.
  • Marion, L., Viens, D., O'Sullivan, A., Crabtree, K., Fontana, S., Price, M. (2003). The practice doctorate in nursing: Future or fringe? Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal, 3 (2).

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