I have a bachelors in biology and put forth the time is where the difficulty lies.
What does the title of DNAP really attain? Will it truly change the way you practice? Will it change anything other than your credentials to go into a university classroom and DNAP title when they have it.
Comments for Nursing Shortage
Oct 26, 2014
Let me temper your disappointment… NEW
by: All-CRNA Admin
The good news is that things aren’t quite as grim as they may seem to you now.
First of all, to clarify a few things:
1. To obtain a terminal degree (DNP), only 3 years, or 36 months of study are required. It’s really only one additional (full time) year of study from the CRNA master’s level degree. There are some master’s degrees that take a full 36 months, and some DNP programs that take 38. The length isn’t necessarily a deal breaker.
2. The degree offered is a DNP or a Doctor of Nursing Practice, rather than a PhD. A PhD is a theoretical degree – one that an intellectual / researcher would get. A DNP is much more practice oriented and focuses on results much more than theory. So, theoretically, the degree should be helpful to those becoming CRNAs.
3. This requirement to make the CRNA degree a terminal one extends to all advanced practice nursing degrees. It is part of the initiative to shift responsibility of care much more. It used to be that MDs were the only ones to make major decisions about a patient’s care. Now, that is shifting much more towards nurses, and doctors are specializing more. RNs used to perform many of the duties that current CNAs perform.
So, the net result of these changes is that the future CRNA will be more autonomous than the CRNA of today. The more the government steps in to health care, the more they’re going to want to lower costs, and I think that ultimately, the DNP will help assist with that.
But, back to the other side of things (your side), I will admit to you that when I started this site 5 years ago, and see the brighter side of this change.
Randfathered in before 2025.
Times change. We must change with them.
By the way, your enthusiasm about getting comments encouraged me to take the time and comment.