Nurses in the United States with a practice doctorate: Implications for leading in the current context of healthcare

Richard W. Redman, Susan J. Pressler, Philip Furspan, Kathleen Potempa

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Abstract

The Institute of Medicine has recommended doubling the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020. The National Research Council has recommended a clearer distinction between doctoral preparation for a practice profession and that for the preparation of scientists. To support the central premise that both the research-oriented doctorate (PhD) and the practice-oriented doctorate, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP), are critical to achieve and expand doctoral education, we present current information regarding the impact of DNP programs, including enrollments, scholarly productivity of DNP graduates, and the employment setting of DNP scholars. Scholarly productivity was estimated by searching publication databases between 2005 and 2012 using three strategies to estimate the publication record of nurses who had earned a DNP degree. The large numbers of nurses receiving the DNP are helping to fulfill the Institute of Medicine's recommendation and are increasingly contributing to the scholarly output in the field, especially related to clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-129
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Outlook
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Doctor of nursing practice
  • Doctoral education
  • Scholarly productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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