Campbell is a graduate of the first class of UCI Masters of Science (Nursing) Family Nurse Practitioner students in 2011.
“Getting my DNP means that I have the skill and confidence to lead in my area of clinical expertise as a family nurse practitioner by translating evidence-based research into practice!,” Campbell says.
She notes that DNP-prepared advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are in a unique position to lead quality-improvement projects, shape policy, implement evidence-based practice changes and lead interdisciplinary teams to improve organizational systems and population health outcomes.
“I can also mentor our students through their DNP education by acting as a chair and advisor on their projects and helping them understand the importance of being a doctorally-trained APRN.”
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.