Super shout out to all nurses. Sometimes your job can be thankless but know that the majority of folks appreciate, love and honor you. All CNAs, LPN, RNs, APRNs, NPs, CRNAs and CNSs have attended to millions with the utmost patience and care and you deserve the biggest shout out for that. I came across some information while looking up some things for my friend who was completing her BSN. Evidently, the value of post graduate education in nursing was deemed doctorate level work.

You can earn a relatively new degree called the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Most of the programs are in the accreditation process. This is not to be confused with the more research based PhD, DSN, DNS, or DNSc. doctorate programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an advanced-level practice degree that focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing rather than academic research.*

The degree is not without controversy, some in the American Nurses Association think it is unethical. But according to the AACN, nursing is moving in the direction of other health professions in the transition to the DNP. Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), Pharmacy (PharmD), Psychology (PsyD), Physical Therapy (DPT), and Audiology (AudD) all offer practice doctorates.

The good news is that most master programs will eventually be phased into DNP programs following the trends of the other health professions listed above. Even better news is that you can get the DNP directly from your BSN. It is only a two year program and you can do it part time and even online. There are accelerated MSN-DNP programs for those who are already Nurse Practioners, Midwives and Nurse Anesthetists (DNAP).

Good luck future doctors!

For more information, check out the following resources:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

National Black Nurses Association
American Nurses Association
The National League for Nursing
Schools that offer the DNP programs (both on campus and online)
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctorate_in_Nursing