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10/02/2011

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I don't believe that the DNP will head to a considerably greater earnings for advanced-practice medical professionals, but I am a advocate of developing medical education- provided that it is significant and not just stage blowing up.

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Anonymous, MS, RN

Great post! As you mentioned, other health care professionals have been obtaining clinical doctorates for quite some time without receiving the same backlash from physician groups that nurses are receiving. As a nurse, I'm rather ambivalent toward the clinical doctorate degree (specifically the DNP [doctorate of nursing practice]). The DNP is the newest attempt at a clinical doctorate in nursing, although there have been others (i.e.- the doctorate of nursing science). It's not a degree that I'm interested in obtaining myself, but I do think that it's a necessary move to keep on par with other health care professionals. I find it unfortunate that nurses are among the least educated of all health care professionals, yet carry a huge responsibility in delivering patient care and ensuring patient safety. I don't believe that the DNP will lead to a significantly higher salary for advanced-practice nurses, but I am a proponent of advancing nursing education- as long as it is meaningful and not just degree inflation.

As far as calling themselves "doctor", I believe that anyone who has obtained a doctorate degree has earned the title. I think that most patients are intelligent enough to discern that there are different types of health care professionals that may have a doctorate degree. Of course, every health care professional, including physicians, should introduce themselves and their specific role to patients.

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