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Lifetime Earnings Soar with Education, About.com - Government Info:"How much is higher education worth in cold hard money? A college master's degree is worth $1.3 million more in lifetime earnings than a high school diploma, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau."

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Doctorate Nurses and Credential Creep, Advanceweb.com:"The recent decision by the nursing profession to transition to doctoral preparation for all advanced practice nurses marks merely the latest health profession to establish itself on the doctoral level. In a position statement released in October, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Task Force on the Clinical Doctorate calls for the four existing types of APNs—clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners—to be granted a practice-focused doctoral degree upon completion of training."
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education, Capella University:"A shortage of nursing faculty is a key reason U.S. nursing schools must turn away tens of thousands of qualified applicants each year. Capella's doctoral Nursing Education specialization is designed to prepare master's-level nurses to meet this growing need and to advance the field of nursing through doctoral research. The National League for Nursing recognizes that this PhD specialization in Nursing Education aligns with the Core Competencies for Nurse Educators©, using competencies that are integral to the Certified Nurse Educator® (CNE) exam. The curriculum includes such topics as advanced nursing theory and concepts, curriculum design and evaluation, teaching strategies, and classroom assessment. People likely to be interested in this specialization include nursing faculty members who want to pursue advanced faculty or leadership positions and nurses currently working in health care delivery who want to share their knowledge of nursing."
Capella University
Capella Tower
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Toll Free:1-866-933-5981


The Nurse Ph.D.: The Leaders in A Vital Profession, Carole A. Anderson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, NursingPrograms.com:"Nurses are in high demand with all levels of education and experience, but there is no doubt that the nursing profession needs more nurses educated at the doctoral level—primarily as faculty and researchers. The national shortage of faculty will soon be critical, impacting educational programs and their ability to educate future generations of nurses. Currently, only about half of nursing faculty possess a doctorate degree. With many advances being made in the treatment of chronic illnesses, there is also a continuing need for research that assists patients in living with their illness. This research requires individual investigators who are prepared on the doctoral level."


Difficult Professional Choices: Deciding Between the PhD and the DNP in Nursing, Online Journal of Nursing of Issues in Nursing:"Although the PhD has been the traditional doctoral degree in nursing, nurses now have a choice between that degree and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. An Internet-based exploratory survey of DNP students (n= 69) investigated the motivation of nurses to pursue doctoral education, factors that influenced the decision between the two degrees, rationale for choosing the DNP program, and career plans after graduation. A majority reported considering the PhD but decided the DNP would be more appropriate for their professional and personal goals. Nursing education was ranked as an important career intention for 55% of respondents, dispelling the concern that the DNP will increase the shortage of nursing faculty. The results indicate that the DNP degree is a desirable option for clinically oriented nurses considering doctoral education and provides nurses with a choice of educational pathways for their professional careers."
The American Nurses Association, Inc.
American Nurses Association - 8515 Georgia Avenue - Suite 400 - Silver Spring, MD 20910
ISSN: 1091-3734 | 1-800-274-4ANA


Moving Forward Together: The Practice Doctorate in Nursing, Online Journal of Nursing of Issues in Nursing:"Societal drivers, as well as trends in education and health care, are advancing the practice doctorate in nursing. For nurse practitioner preparation, the current resurgence of interest in the practice doctorate could precipitate change that mimics the evolution from post-basic certificate to Master’s level education. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) is a resource for the study of the practice doctorate relative to quality nurse practitioner education. This article will offer some insights into the movement toward the practice doctorate by describing, from the NP perspective, the societal impetus for change, the historical perspective of NP and doctoral education, the 4 Ws (why, what, where, and when) of the movement, and some of the myths and realities about the practice doctorate."
The American Nurses Association, Inc.
American Nurses Association - 8515 Georgia Avenue - Suite 400 - Silver Spring, MD 20910
ISSN: 1091-3734 | 1-800-274-4ANA


The Nurse Ph.D.: A Vital Profession Needs Leaders, Petersons:"There is no doubt that education is the path for a nurse to achieve greater clinical expertise. At the same time, however, the nursing profession needs more nurses educated at the doctoral level to replenish the supply of faculty and researchers. The national shortage of faculty will soon reach critical proportions, having a significant impact on educational programs and their capacity to educate future generations of nursing students."
Peterson’s, a Nelnet Company
Princeton Pike Corporate Center
2000 Lenox Drive
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 1-609-896-1800


VCU Offers Practice Doctorate for CRNAs, Elizabeth Seibert, PhD, CRNA, Virginia Commonwealth University:"The Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Virginia Commonwealth University is pleased to offer a new program, the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP), the first practice doctorate designed specifically for nurse anesthetists. The DNAP is an innovative post-master’s program designed for CRNAs who wish to expand their knowledge in the areas of patient safety, evidence-based practice, education, and leadership. A combined-degree track (MSNA-DNAP) is also available for students matriculating in the master’s program. The DNAP was approved by the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia in February 2007 and by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs in May 2007."
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Phone: 804.754.4122 Fax: 804.754.0801
2231 Oak Bay Lane - Richmond, Virginia 23233


Choosing a Doctoral Nursing Program: Considerations for an Online Program: Western Institute of Nursing:"Technological innovations have provided enhanced opportunities for students to obtain advanced educational degrees through the convenience of online learning. This paper will discuss some points to consider when contemplating pursuing a nursing doctoral degree through a totally online program. It is based on my personal my experience after completing two years of course work in an online program. Although it is written to help others in their decision-making, I also wanted to demonstrate that after two years of completely online classes, I have been able to retain a questionable sense of humor!"
Western Institute of Nursing
SN-4N, 3455 SW Veterans Hosp. Rd., Portland, OR 97239-2941
Phone: 503-494-0869; Fax: 503-494-3691; Email: win@ohsu.edu


Thinking About a Doctorate in Nursing? Western Institute of Nursing:"Many people wonder what the career advantages are in obtaining a doctoral education in nursing. This is quite apparent from the paucity of nurses currently pursuing the degree; of the more than 2.5 million nurses in the U.S., less than 1% have a nursing doctorate (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002). Enrollment data compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2004) found an increase of 5.6% (171 students) for a total enrollment of 3,229 doctoral nursing students for the 2003-2004 school year. However, graduations from doctoral programs decreased by 9.9% (44 graduates) for the same academic year. Thus, it will take several years for the increase in doctorally-prepared nurses to be an influence on the severe shortage."
Western Institute of Nursing
SN-4N, 3455 SW Veterans Hosp. Rd., Portland, OR 97239-2941
Phone: 503-494-0869; Fax: 503-494-3691; Email: win@ohsu.edu


Doctorate in Nursing, Wikipedia:"There are several doctorate-level degrees in nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP or DrNP), Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc, DNS or DSN) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing. The Doctor of Nursing (ND) degree has been phased out and most universities have transitioned to the DNP. The PhD and DNS degrees are generally considered research-oriented degrees, whereas the DNP is a practice-oriented or clinical doctorate."




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