The Doctorate of Nursing Practice Term Paper by Peter Pen

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice
A discussion of the upcoming addition of doctoral studies to nursing education.
# 103583 | 2,435 words | 10 sources | APA | 2008
Published on May 22, 2008 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper takes a look at the implementation of the Practice Doctorate in nursing by the year 2015. The paper asserts that this degree in nursing education is presently in a position to facilitate an extraordinary vision in advanced practice nursing. It holds that due to an increase in service demand, a growth in the complexity of care, ongoing incongruities in health care and changing demographics, there is a charge for health care reformation. The paper refers to several journal writings and commentaries that articulate the importance of health care workers who have better preparation both clinically and educationally. In conclusion, the paper claims that the Doctor of Nursing Practice will provide an elevated bridge between advanced practice nursing and research-based practice and will allow the graduates who matriculate to become empowered and armed with the knowledge base to implement change toward an evolving health care system.

From the Paper:

"The growing intricacies of health care, an exuberant growth in scientific knowledge, and increasing advancements in technology have necessitated master's degree programs that prepare advanced practice nurses to expand the number of academic and clinical clock hours significantly. From 1995 to 2000, the average quantity of semester credit hours required for the Nurse Practitioner master's degree remained constant, however, the academic and supervised clinical practice hours increased by 72 and 36 clock hours. Many Nurse Practitioner master's programs now exceed 60 credit hours. Most are not capable of being completed in less than three years time. Based on this information, two challenges are evident. "Master's prepared advanced practice nurses have identified additional knowledge that is required for a higher level of advanced and the time spent in master's level nursing education is not congruent with the degree earned"(Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, 2004 p. 7-8)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2004, October). AACN position statement on the practice doctorate in nursing. Washington, DC: Author.
  • Anderson, C.A. "Current strengths and limitations of doctoral education in nursing: are we prepared for the future?." Journal of Professional Nursing. v. 16 no. 4 p. 191-200. 2000.
  • Dracup, K., Cronenwett, L., Meleis, A. I., & Benner, P. E. (2005). Reflections on the doctorate of nursing practice. Nursing Outlook, 53, 177-182.
  • Fulton, Janet S., & Lyon, Brenda L. The Need for Some Sense Making. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 10 (3),
  • Magyary, D. (2006). Advancing practice inquiry: Research foundations of the practice doctorate in nursing. Nursing Outlook, 54(3), 139-151.

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