(lansing, michigan )
At first glance, getting a DNP or DNAP may not change the bedside anesthetic however, as healthcare changes with an emphasis on cost effective best practices and outcomes through integration of scientific evidence, anesthetists must have a seat at the decision table. Physicians have held these seats for years while nurses often have been shut out.
The DNP and DNAP degrees provide the added benefit of understanding systems (such as healthcare), how these systems integrate with other systems, how health policy impacts the system, how scientific evidence is applied and how to measure outcomes, effectiveness of care and cost versus benefit. To be taken seriously as an advanced practice providers, the DNP or DNAP may add credibility.