My situation might not be the most common but I’m not alone. After four years of college and a one year second degree bsn plus many prerequisites, I am a little burned out with school. That said, I’m committed to the goal of being a crna and will do what it takes. It’s safe to say that the switch to dnp is 100% to add credibility to the profession, which it doesnt need. Crna’s have proven to be safe providers with the standard 28 month programs in the past. This new change bothers me because it forces future crna’s to lose almost a year of income for no good reason.
As I said, crna’s have already proven their value in healthcare, how about we let these people start working who have spent so much time in school rather than make them stay in school an extra year. If anything, this will remove power from the crna lobby by taking money out of our pockets while we sit and write extra tuition checks to fatten the university endowment and don’t get paid. This might come across as greedy or self centered but let’s be real people. The profession already has established itself, time to stop pushing ourselves further out the plank. Education is valuable, however, adding an extra uneccessary year for the sake of being associated with the frase ‘doctorate level’ only makes us look like we have a bad case of napoleon syndrome. Great providers are made by experience and first hand training, not by a poor attempt at forced educational prestige.