Personal Perspectives on Role Integration

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UMMS Affiliation

Graduate School of Nursing

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Book Chapter


Medical Education | Nursing


This book chapter presents personal perspectives from nurses on how graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree impacted their professional career. Recent doctor of nursing practice (DNP) graduates are often the trailblazers in their workplace as the new DNPs integrate into all sectors of health care. Other opportunities as DNP faculty include multiple invitations to collaborate on interprofessional teams to develop clinical practice guidelines. Many certified registered nurse ansthetists (CRNAs) see the transition to the DNP as giving more creditability to the profession and as an educational level of preparation that decreases disparities in education between physicians and other doctorally prepared health care professionals. The DNP does not prepare the nurse to be an educator any more than the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) does, but the DNP provides a larger number of higher-educated and qualified nurses to assume academic roles that will foster clinical scholarship and cultivate an understanding of evidence-based practice (EBP). Some CRNAs may assume academic appointments and take on administrative roles within nursing.


DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice

DOI of Published Version



Carpenter, D. Personal Perspectives on Role Integration in Ahmed, S., Andrist, L. Davis, S. and Fuller, V., DNP Education, Practice and Policy: Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century, pp. 112-113, (2012)

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DNP Education, Practice and Policy: Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century