Degree in Nursing
Nursing practice is a complex topic, which requires additional research and investigation from the topic of education. It is a well-known fact that education brings specific outcomes in the nursing practice. It is important to consider all educational options and opportunities in order to estimate the different scope of responsibilities in the workplace. From this point of view, it is necessary to conduct a literature review combining different points of views in the field of nursing education. It will help to understand the course of the research leading to the conclusion reflecting the need to obtain Master of Nursing Practice or the Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. The following discussion is a reflection of a literature review containing the latest information on the importance of obtaining one of the aforementioned degrees according to the respected authors.
Nursing education had significant changes in the process of its development and, today, we see the result of the evolution that came during transformation of the educational segment. It is worth starting a literature review from the article written by Robert Rosseter (2014). The author worked on reflecting the essence of nursing education from different points of view in the report titled The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice. The fact sheet belongs to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The article starts from explaining different approached towards nursing education, which are appropriate for the consideration in terms of the researched topic. In fact, the author worked on providing the reader with the latest information of healthcare associations on the requirements towards nursing practitioners (Rosseter, 2014). The author points at the idea that the requirements have a rising tendency, which means that it is necessary to consider further extension of knowledge background of the contemporary nursing practitioners. It is possible to see the need to obtain DNP in order to be capable of reaching the highest point in addressing patients needs and nursing practice opportunities. The primary message of the article refers to the need to aspire to the advanced nursing skills, which can help the nurse to use a DNP degree for personal career development.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2011) further supports the researched topic with another article written by the respectable members of the association. The publication refers to the peculiarities of Masters Education in Nursing. The importance of the publication is that it evaluates the essence of nursing education from the point of view of the context of nursing practice. The authors contributed to the improvement of the readers understanding of meaning of nursing education. The publication explains that MSN provides healthcare professionals with a myriad of roles, responsibilities, and opportunities. In this way, the publication supports the point of view that MSN is enough for evolving a healthcare system on the local and global levels depending on the interest of a healthcare professional. However, the point is that MSN is perfect for nursing educators or nurses with organizational focus (AACN, 2011). The publication does not compare the opportunities of MSN to the opportunities of DNP. However, it could consider the essential differences in the development of the professional career of nursing practitioner in both cases. Nevertheless, the publications deep insight in the responsibilities of a nursing practitioner with MSN helps to understand the scope of duties after obtaining the degree. In addition, the publication supports the point of view of other authors included in the literature review, which means that the opinions regarding nursing education have similar backgrounds. However, it is important to consider the importance of DNP in order to see the core of further research development.
One more report by Heldenfels et al. (2013) refers to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In the White Paper: The Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, the authors reflect on the importance of obtaining DNP and explain the essence of this educational level. Regardless of the fact that the scholars mention that DNP requirements among the hospitals are costly enough for the government, the author continue to support the importance of obtaining DNP degree. In fact, the authors point at the idea that many healthcare institutions start requiring nurses to have a DNP education rather than MSN or BSN level education (Heldenfels et al., 2013). In this way, it becomes difficult for nurses to contribute their time and financial resources to obtaining an appropriate level of education, which will meet the requirements of a healthcare organization. Nevertheless, a thorough explanation of DNP education helps to understand the need to obtain the degree. Advanced nursing practice and ability to participate in the improvement of the nations health are one of the primary professional opportunities supported by DNP degree. In addition, the authors drive the line between PhD and DNP degrees. PhD is a research-intensive degree, which nurses must obtain in case of continuing to investigate in the nursing discipline in order to generate new knowledge. DNP, in its turn, is practice-sensitive degree, which allows nurses to use the obtained knowledge in practice by aiming to deliver high quality nursing care. From this point of view, DNP should have a dominating educational level in nursing practice.
Mary ONeil Mundinger and Edward M. Kennedy (2013) also contribute to the evaluation of a DNP degree. The authors outline the deep connection between MSN and DNP. The article explains that nurses with MSN have enough background for obtaining DNP with the help of additional courses. In particular, it becomes possible for nurses to gain knowledge in business, informatics, ethics, and use of evidence (ONeil Mundinger & Kennedy, 2013). The mentioned fields are useful enough in practice and help a nursing practitioner to contribute to the improvement of multiple areas by managing them wisely. The primary focus of DNP programs covers administration and management, which provide nurses with the right to influence the development of the healthcare system both on local and global levels. In general, the authors suggest that nurses with MSN degree should carefully choose a DNP program covering their needs and goals in terms of their professional aspirations.
The analyzed topic through the lenses of four different articles showed the importance of nursing education in the perspective of MSN and DNP degrees. The authors of the articles have a similar opinion, which claims that MSN degree is enough for building a professional career within a specific scope. However, DNP degree allows taking action globally and aiming to participate in the improvement of the national healthcare system. In general, the discussion of the topic led to the idea that obtaining DNP degree is time-consuming and requires much costs. Nevertheless, it is worth taking additional time to increase knowledge in order to participate in advanced nursing practice and improvement of the communitys health. Finally, the articles helped to understand that MSN and DNP degrees have different importance and deserve to continue their existence according to the needs and goals of nursing practitioners willing to develop in a specific field of nursing practice.