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    1. Describe why a nurse should pursue the DNP degree and what changes in his or her professional stance will change as a result of obtaining the degree.
    a. Provide professional and personal accounts of why they should pursue the degree.
    b. Provide your insight as to whether you feel there will be a change in professional stance as a result of your degree.
    c. How do you think they will be addressed by physicians and non-physicians?

    2. Identify and describe the ideal position and how they should plan to meet the healthcare challenges, as well as transform practice?
    a. How will the new role contribute to improving the healthcare system in terms of cost, quality, and access?
    b. How will the new role contribute to addressing policy changes that impact the clinical realm?

    3. As a DNP-prepared nurse, describe what skills and knowledge the DNP bring forth in the healthcare or academic setting (answer to the area most relevant to you). (1 page)
    a. As a quality improvement specialist, what new skills and knowledge will you bring forth compared to a nurse quality consultant with his or her MSN or MPH?

    4. Review the Eight Recommendations for Transforming the Future (2011). Expand on two of the recommendations that resonate most with you and in alignment with your ideal position. (2 pages)
    a. How may the DNP support the two recommendations from their new skills and knowledge as a DNP-prepared nurse?

    5. Conclusion (1 page)
    a. Summarize the main points from the content of your paper.

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    [PDF]The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing ... www.aacn.nche.edu/.../DNP

    http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health/Recommendations.aspx?page=4

    http://onlinenursepractitionerprograms.com/msn-vs-dnp-nurse-practitioner-programs-which-degree-is-right-for-me/

    http://nursing.columbia.edu/new-heights-decade-dnp

    1. Describe why a nurse should pursue the DNP degree and what changes in his or her professional stance will change as a result of obtaining the degree. (2 pages)

    Because of the critical juncture that healthcare is currently undergoing, it's imperative for the most competent nursing professionals to emerge for 21st century healthcare as there is an urgent need for nurses in general, but specifically for the most educated nurses possible. These nurses are needed for nursing school faculty to teach future nurses and to ensure that new nurses are capable of providing care to patients as society ages and more people are obese. Therefore, the nurse who pursues a DNP degree will have the autonomy to practice independently in some states wherein they can open their own nursing practices as these programs are geared toward ensuring that nurses obtain the necessary clinical expertise to open independent practices. The DNP degree will provide nurses a much deserved but long denied seat at the proverbial table in regard to healthcare policy decisions, boards, and committees as it is unquestioned that nurses serve the most critical role in healthcare but are often treated as less knowledgeable than doctors by the healthcare profession and patients. With this degree, the nursing profession will be able to have its proper influence in work groups, committees, hospital meetings and in setting healthcare policy. This degree quintessentially gives nurses a professional stance that is on par with nurses' actual role in the healthcare field placing them on a level playing field with physicians in regard to "respected" expertise across the medical field allowing nurses to influence policy and healthcare on a broader scale.

    a. Provide professional and personal accounts of why they should pursue the degree. b. Provide your insight as to whether you feel there will be a change in professional stance as a result of your degree. c. How do you think they will be addressed by physicians and non-physicians?

    Actual professional accounts from nurses who have successfully completed one of the prestigious DNP ...

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