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J Prof Nurs. 2011 Sep-Oct;27(5):311-4. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.06.008.

The doctor of nursing practice and nursing education: highlights, potential, and promise.

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Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, USA.


The success of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs have exceeded everyone's expectations and resulted in increased interest in doctoral education in nursing. A shortage of doctorally prepared nurse educators continues to plague the profession and has a severe impact on the ability of schools of nursing to educate future generations of nurses. As a terminal degree in nursing practice, there is little focus on DNP graduates who are prepared as educators. To remedy this deficit, this article will therefore discuss and highlight (a) the significant potential of the DNP to mitigate the current nursing faculty shortage and to close the practice-education gap, (b) the specialized role of DNP graduates as educators and leaders in nursing education, and (c) the implications of the DNP for nursing scholarship.

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