Why We Created Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP

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With major stakeholders (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Institute of Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Joint Commission) producing research that shows the very real benefits of implementing higher standards in nursing education, the Doctor of Nursing Practice has emerged as the credential employers and insurers prefer.

More than ever, nurse practitioners and other advanced clinicians, administrators, health policy leaders, clinical educators and informaticists are choosing to earn the practice-focused DNP as their terminal degree. At the same time, more BSN-educated RNs are seeing the DNP as the preferred path to APRN licensure or to careers outside of direct patient care.

Even as the number of nurses enrolled in post-bachelor’s and post-master’s DNP programs increased by nearly 29% in the one year period between 2013 and 2014, few dedicated resources have been developed with DNP students in mind. That is, until now.

Who We Are

We are a small, private organization with no outside affiliations or funding. As an independent group of education web publishers we have been able to develop DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org as a completely objective and unbiased resource.

Consulting with practicing DNPs, as well as post-bachelor’s and post-master’s DNP students, we curated content from interviews and web research to develop a user-friendly website specifically designed for current DNP students and those considering their DNP options.

Each member of our writing team brings a unique and valuable perspective to this project, while drawing from years of experience writing about education, healthcare and nursing.

Susan Maphis – Susan is a writer and editor with a BA in Psychology. She has conducted research and written on topics related to higher education, healthcare and nursing throughout her career. Susan’s work has been published both in print and on many websites.
Dr. Helga George – Dr. George has spent several years writing on topics related to education, healthcare and nursing. She transitioned into writing after fulfilling her lifelong dream of performing research on plant defense chemicals.  She earned a BS in Agriculture from Cornell University, an MS in Plant Pathology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, in addition to conducting postdoctoral research at the University of California Santa Barbara where she obtained a USDA grant to fund her research.
Rebecca Turley – Rebecca is a full-time writer and editor with a BA in Journalism and Communications. Throughout her career she has contributed to high-profile websites and blogs related to education, healthcare and nursing.
Hannah Coffman – Hannah is a writer and grant writing consultant with a BA in English. Over the past several years, she has developed online pieces and blogs on real estate, fundraising, and the non-profit sector. She has also researched and written on the topics of education, healthcare, and nursing.

Our Mission

DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org is an unbiased, comprehensive, free, one of a kind resource for anyone interested in earning a DNP.

We strive to answer the questions prospective nurse graduate students are likely to have when considering the DNP, either as an initial path to advanced practice nursing or as a way to develop further knowledge in the field through post-master’s studies.

Our goal is to make everything from planning a career to finding the right program a little easier for nurses interested in earning the most advanced practice-focused degree available in the nursing field.

What We Offer

At DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org you will find:

  • Salary data for each state that shows the clear economic benefits associated with earning a DNP (from surveys performed by the US Department of Labor and leading industry organizations)
  • State guides detailing the unique opportunities available to DNP-prepared nurses around the nation
  • Career guides that describe the unique role DNP-prepared nurses play in the clinic and beyond
  • A clearinghouse of accredited online and campus-based DNP programs in the United States (programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN))
  • Guidance on how to successfully develop and defend a final DNP Project (Capstone Project)
  • Guidance on selecting an educational track that aligns with specific career goals
  • Blogs that keep our visitors current on the latest developments in the nursing profession as it relates to the DNP