Nursing Practice Summary

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The Association of Colleges for Nursing (AACN) justification for exchanging the advance practice nursing education to a doctoral level was based on the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Additionally, the complexities our healthcare environment require nurses that understand how to navigate through the healthcare delivery system. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) was designed to fill a gap in nursing education. This program focuses on advancing nursing practice and executive management. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) proposed that by 2015 that all advanced practice nurses obtain a doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to fill the vital role of much needed nursing leaders in healthcare. This movement prompted educators to examine the doctoral education curriculum. The DNP curriculum now educates the student in scientific underpinnings, quality improvement, analytical method, evidence-based practice, systems/technology, policy collaboration, and advanced practice. While, the role of the DNP programs is to prepare the DNP as a clinical expert. The curriculum emphasis on management allows nurses to obtain leadership positions to ensure that nurses…show more content…
In addition their perception is that the DNP is appropriate to areas of nurse executive practice, clinical and business, retention of staff, care of the client and research. While they support the DNP as appropriate for a CNO positions, they did not rule out other terminal degrees. Waxman and Maxwothy, 2010, also stated that the DNP program is the best combination of educational preparation. The DNP is positioned to direct teams and healthcare task forces. Graduates of the DNP program leave with the confidence and knowledge to ensure the healthy future of the ever changing healthcare environment (Falk, Garrison, Brown, Pintz & Bocchino,
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