The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Nursing Education: Highlights, Potential, and Promise

Ida Maria Danzey, Emerson Ea, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Susan J. Garbutt, Margaret Rafferty, Michael E. Zychowicz

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Abstract

The success of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs have exceeded everyone's expectations and resulted in increased interest in doctoral education in nursing. A shortage of doctorally prepared nurse educators continues to plague the profession and has a severe impact on the ability of schools of nursing to educate future generations of nurses. As a terminal degree in nursing practice, there is little focus on DNP graduates who are prepared as educators. To remedy this deficit, this article will therefore discuss and highlight (a) the significant potential of the DNP to mitigate the current nursing faculty shortage and to close the practice-education gap, (b) the specialized role of DNP graduates as educators and leaders in nursing education, and (c) the implications of the DNP for nursing scholarship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • DNP
  • Nurse faculty shortage
  • Nursing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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