Title

Practical and Philosophical Considerations in Choosing The DNP or PhD in Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Publication Title

Journal of Professional Nursing

Abstract

The two terminal degrees in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), are complementary degrees in moving the discipline of nursing forward. The role of nurses with either doctoral degree is discussed related to the overall stewardship of the nursing profession. Core elements and key differences between the two degrees will be delineated. Factors affecting practical decision-making about either degree will be discussed, including the choice of which degree as well as funding doctoral education. Finally, future directions for the two degrees in the nursing profession will be discussed.

Department

Nursing

Volume Number

37

Issue Number

1

First Page

163

Last Page

168

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.06.002

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