“I made the decision to return to school because I was ready to elevate my practice,” she says.
“The DNP provided a strong foundation to grow, and my work at University of Pittsburgh now informs my research and teaching at UC Irvine.”
She says having a terminal degree is self-validating.
“It was a personal goal which required sacrifice, but has proven to be worth the effort given my academic and professional pursuits. ”
A DNP is a practice-focused doctorate, unlike a PhD, which is a research-focused doctorate. The DNP is now the recommended terminal degree for APRNs, rather than a master’s degree.