Nursing, American Association Of Critical Care Nurses Essay

964 Words Jul 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction:
In its Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) recommended that the DNP should become the graduate degree for the current Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) roles of clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. Thus, making the DNP the educational requirement for APNs by 2015 and will coexist with PhD programs. Although PhD prepared nurses will continue to perform research and disseminate findings, DNP prepared nurses will apply and evaluate these findings in the clinical setting. In this manner, the two degrees work together to improve patient outcomes rather than threaten each other’s existence. Additionally, two terminal degree paths are expected to attract more students by offering the opportunity to focus on either clinical practice or research (AACN, 2011). In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) moved to change the educational requirement for advanced practice nursing (APN) to a doctoral level degree by 2015. The resulting new degree, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP), provides an opportunity for APNs to earn a doctoral level degree with a clinical focus rather than the traditional research focus inherent in PhD programs. Nurses seeking terminal degrees now have choices beyond which school to attend (McCreery, H., 2011).

DNP programs are preparing graduates to be able to practice at the highest level in multiple clinical…

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