3 Reasons to Earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Nurses make a positive difference in the lives of their patients every day. Pursuing a career in nursing can be very rewarding. Combined with the other benefits of the profession, such as salary and job stability, the nursing field has a lot to offer.

Many benefits come with advancing your nursing education. For example, nurses can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in order to apply current research to practice or system challenges, achieving a positive impact in their profession. Interested in furthering your nursing education? Continue reading to learn about the benefits of earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice:

Expand Your Nursing Knowledge

The DNP, available as an online nursing program at Grand Canyon University, guides advanced-practice registered nurses, nurse informaticist and nurse leaders in applying current research to their career. This is achieved through peer discussion and scholarly, in-depth application-based activities in which learners integrate and synthesize didactic learning into their current or desired future practice environment. These practices equip nurses with the knowledge and skills suitable for the highest level of nursing practice.

Specifically, individuals in this nursing degree program partake in practice activities that provide greater depth and application to learning. They expand their theoretical knowledge by studying course topics such as healthcare information technology, emerging areas of human health, data analysis and population management. As a result, they are able gain a deeper understanding in a wide variety of areas in the field.

Make a Positive Impact

Nurse who earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice are able to use current research to improve patient outcomes. Based on their knowledge, they have the opportunity to expand current theoretical and scientific foundations of healthcare practice, including the discipline knowledge base, the design and evaluation of clinical solutions as well as clinical and organizational change leadership.

Graduates of the program are equipped to translate existing research into solutions to improve healthcare outcomes and promote change leadership in healthcare organizations. They can become the driving force behind positive changes made to the healthcare system. They can apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations and propose lasting solutions to solve healthcare problems of today.

Advance in the Field

Nurses who earn their DNP may work in a clinic or hospital as a nurse executive, continue their practice as an advance practice registered nurse or serve as a nurse educator with further training. They are prepared to become leaders in the field, making a positive difference in the lives of others. Due to their extensive knowledge and ability to use research in problem solving, they are extremely valuable in the workplace and are provided with more career options.

In addition to having increased career opportunities, nurses who earn their DNP experience other benefits, such as earning a higher salary. According to Advance Healthcare Network, nurses with a DNP make $7,524 more than master’s-prepared nurse practitioners annually. Furthermore, DNP-prepared nurses can count on having a career, as there is a high demand for nurses with the ability to translate research into innovative solutions.

The opportunities are endless for those who want to earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice. Earning a DNP allows nurses to reach their full potential and become leaders who make a positive impact in the field of nursing.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers a wide variety of degree programs to individuals who want to fill evolving healthcare roles as highly qualified professionals. For more information, visit our website or fill out the Request More Information form at the top of the page!

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior majoring in communications at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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