by Confident Nurse
Nurses have struggled with the need for validation for YEARS. “Nurses are just as smart.” Blah, blah, blah! This requirement, in fact the requirement for a BSN is a waste of time. Basic nursing can be learned through a diploma program. The actual BSN degree is a credential. Most nursing curriculums are borrowed sciences. Even many of the nursing pioneers earned advanced degrees in other areas and I wouldn’t be surprised if the DNP is more of the same rhetoric. I know of nurses enrolled in Nursing PhD programs but actually complete their study under the direction of a medical scientist (pathologist, microbiologist, pharmacologist, etc).
In the end, they’re Medical Scientists with a piece of paper that shows PhD in Nursing. Why? Because advanced nursing education is based upon ego and opt for more physician/anesthesia assistants. I swear if I had it to do all over again I would have gone the AA route.