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Advance Your Nursing Career with A DNP Degree


Nurses who earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) place themselves at the pinnacle of their profession. By earning a DNP, they demonstrate mastery of their chosen specialization and readiness to become leaders who provide the most efficient and effective patient care possible.

Earning a doctorate to become an advanced nursing practitioner (ANP) became a requirement in 2004, when the American Association of Colleges of Nursing raised the required education level. That decision went into effect nationwide in 2015. The association made the change to ensure nurses practicing at the highest level have a combined expertise in leadership, scientific knowledge and outcome measurement.

Nurses who earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) place themselves at the pinnacle of their profession. By earning a DNP, they demonstrate mastery of their chosen specialization and readiness to become leaders who provide the most efficient and effective patient care possible.

Earning a doctorate to become an advanced nursing practitioner (ANP) became a requirement in 2004, when the American Association of Colleges of Nursing raised the required education level. That decision went into effect nationwide in 2015. The association made the change to ensure nurses practicing at the highest level have a combined expertise in leadership, scientific knowledge and outcome measurement.

DNP Specializations

Unlike a more research-focused PhD, DNP programs are “practice-focused,” meaning that students learn how to apply nursing theory to real-world settings. It makes them better leaders across healthcare environments

Most who enter a DNP program already have at least 500 hours of nursing practice. They are experienced, successful nurses who want to practice their profession at the highest level. 

Whatever their area of specialty, those who graduate from a DNP program focus on improved care that leads to better patient outcomes. Ana Gale, DNP student at Messiah University, chose to enroll in the program both because she enjoyed bedside nursing, but also wanted the ability to build relationships with patients in the outpatient setting.The flexibility of online learning, extensive clinical hours that are helping her become comfortable in her practice, and the faculty mentorship and guidance throughout the program are her primary reasons for recommending the Messiah’s predominantly online DNP program. 

Messiah University offers a DNP degree in both family nurse practitioner and nursing leadership. Both DNP degree programs prepare nurses who have earned a BSN or MSN to take the next step in their nursing career.

Post-BSN Family Nurse Practitioner

DNP-FNP (Family nurse practitioners) work in a variety of healthcare settings, including private practices and community health centers. They provide a range of services that include examining patients, ordering or performing diagnostic treatments, prescribing medicines and developing treatment plans.

In many ways, they do the jobs once handled by general practitioner doctors. That’s increasingly the case in rural or other underserved areas where doctors are scarce. The Messiah University DNP-FNP program provides nursing students extensive clinical practice and prepares them to care for patients across their lifespan.

Like most healthcare roles, family nurse practitioners are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 26% increase in the number of nurse practitioners by 2028.

Post-Master’s Nursing Leadership

As the number of nurses continues to grow across the country to meet demand, so does the need for nurses who have earned a degree that prepares them for administrative and management roles. 

At Messiah University, those who enter the nursing leadership track in the DNP program can complete all coursework online, giving them flexibility in when they schedule schoolwork. Nurses can also start the program at any time they choose.

Earning a DNP with a focus on nursing leadership prepares nurses for jobs in nursing management, including director of nursing and chief nursing administrator. Some also move into nursing education or focus on areas such as quality improvement and organizational leadership.

Advancing Your Nursing Career with a DNP

Those who earn a DNP play an important role in healthcare. They serve as advocates, role models, problem solvers and decision makers. Advancing your nursing career with a DNP starts with a simple conversation with one of our enrollment counselors. Get started today using the button below!

 

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