Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
Are you thinking about pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)? You may have a few questions that you would like answered before making the decision. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the DNP at Grand Canyon University:
Is Earning a DNP Worth it?
By advancing your nursing education, you can become eligible to receive increased salary and benefits. Many of those who are considering the DNP inquire if the reward is worth the required workload to complete the program. If you are passionate about nursing, earning your DNP can allow you to advance your knowledge and improve your clinical practice.
What Will I Learn?
Doctoral learners in GCU’s DNP program are given the tools and resources to take their already extensive knowledge of nursing to the next level. Nurses in a DNP program are practice-focused leaders and expand their knowledge in subjects such as human health, healthcare information technology, leadership for advanced nursing and sustainable change. Rigorous curriculum and peer discussion are to be expected, which will broaden nurses’ learning to explore new concepts and ideas.
Can I Earn a DNP Online?
As many nurses have busy lives, balancing work and family along with their schooling can be challenging. Therefore, many nurses earning their DNP take classes online or during the evening. At Grand Canyon University, both methods provide the same level of quality education that traditional students receive. In addition, online and evening formats provide convenience and flexibility, as these classes allow learners to complete their assignments and research on their own time, while working a full-time job and enjoying home life.
What Careers Can I Pursue with a DNP?
Many career options are available to those who earn their DNP. For example, many of those who receive their doctorate degree choose to be employed as a nurse executive or practice in a clinic or hospital. Some also continue to work as an advanced practice registered nurse or as an extensively trained nurse educator. Overall, DNP-prepared nurses have the potential to change lives and make a positive difference in the healthcare industry.
Want to learn more about Grand Canyon University’s nursing and healthcare programs offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions? Visit our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of this page.
Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a sophomore majoring in English and professional writing at GCU.