My opinion to the CRNA change to DNP
by Dalton Sanders
(Van Buren, MO, USA)
I am currently a nursing student working on obtaining my RN. After which, I will earn my BSN; then I plan to become a CRNA.
I do not agree with the change from the MSNA to the DNP. CRNA's are not considered to be doctors; neither are NP's. I believe that CRNA's can properly and adequately administer anesthesia without having a Doctorate.
If they are going to require that NP and CRNAs be required to have a doctorate, then they should do away with CRNA and NP degrees completely because if they are required to obtain a doctorate, then they should be a doctor. If a doctorate is required for a CRNA then they should just be called an anesthesiologist. Same thing goes for a NP; if that NP chooses to be a Pediatric NP and they are required to get a Doctorate, they should be called a pediatrician.
It isn't fair to those who work hard and go to school to become a CRNA or a NP for them to be required to have a doctorate. The point of becoming a CRNA or a NP is because you don't wanna go to med school and become a Doctor. If they make this change, then the amount of people going to school to become NP and CRNA's is going to bottom out, because they can just go to med school and actually become a MD or DO. Unless once a CRNA or a NP earns their DNP, they can be referred to as an anesthesiologist or a Pediatrician or a family doctor, and actually be licensed as a doctor, its a stupid decision.