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 applied that knowledge to nursing. The BSN was a waste of time filled with theory 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 not practicality. What more does a DNP add that can’t be obtained through mandatory continuing education? At the end of the day you’re still a “nurse” under the direction of an MD. Nurses may shoot themselves in the foot in the end. Physicians may decide to bypass the drama, insecurities, and incessant needs for validation of nurses 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.