DNP vs. DNS vs. PhD: What's the Difference in Nursing Doctorates?

 

Two roads diverge in a forest. Many people are encouraged to take the one less traveled. Doctoral applicants, not so much.

For those interested in a nursing doctorate, the answer depends on what nursing path you want to take. Are you more interested in advanced practice or scientific investigation?

Doctoral programs in nursing fall into two categories: practice- and research-based. The practice-focused track grants the Doctor of Nursing Practice, while the research-focused program offers the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) or the Doctor of Nursing Science degree (DNS, DSN or DNSc).

One is not better than the other. Both are terminal degrees that assume complementary approaches to the highest level of nursing education. Both are demanding and rigorous. However, understanding key differences between the goals and competencies of each program will guide you along the nursing career path meant for you.

Topics: Career, Nursing

5 Growing Homeland Security Careers for 2016 and Beyond

 

Protecting the security and safety of our country has become more challenging than ever. With an increase in global terrorism to the growing unpredictability of large-scale climate events, it’s no wonder that the demand for homeland security professionals has become one of the fastest-growing professions worldwide.

While most positions tend to be with local, state and federal agencies, many opportunities exist in private industry and the nonprofit sector. 

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

4 In-Demand Careers for DNP-Prepared Nurses

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Nursing is changing. 

Today’s nurse leaders are needed to make decisions and identify problems yet to emerge. They are called upon to lead healthcare organizations. And they must demonstrate enhanced knowledge in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was specifically designed to prepare nurses to meet these changing demands and improve patient outcomes. But the degree can also offer higher earning potential, career security and more advancement opportunities within nursing. In fact, employers have quickly recognized the unique contributions these expert nurses are making in the clinical and organizational level, and the demand for DNP-prepared nurses continues to grow.

Topics: Career, Nursing

Why Become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?

Healthcare is changing. Systems are moving. And the need for doctoral-prepared nurses has taken on a life of its own.

Since 2004, when the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) identified a need for clinical nurses to have a higher degree in education, professional nursing organizations and institutes of medicine across the nation have bolstered their efforts to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nurses. But a fragmented U.S. healthcare and public health system has not made this an easy task. Nevertheless, by 2020, the Institute of Medicine recommends that a critical solution to meeting these future health needs is to double the number of nurses with doctoral degrees by 2020.

But will you be ready to meet the demands of this new and complex healthcare environment? Or will you take on a leadership role?

Topics: Career, Nursing

3 Secrets to Pursuing a New Career

Whether your career has left you bored, stagnant or burnt out, it's not too late to press the restart button.

Of course, switching careers isn’t without its own unique set of challenges. From financial concerns to family responsibilities, it makes sense why most people are hesitant to make such a change midlife.

Topics: Going Back to College, Career

The #1 Thing Every Accelerated Nursing Student Needs to Know to Land That First Job

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Do you know what it takes to land your first entry-level nursing job?

There are, of course, the obvious qualities you need to possess to get a job as a nurse: excellent patient care skills, ability to work as part of a team, and being ready and eager to learn new things. 

But do you know the “most correct answer?”

Eileen M. Horton, MSN, MSM ‘00, RN, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer for Capital Health in Hopewell, N.J., began her career as a maternity nurse and knows what nursing students need to do to launch a career in healthcare post-graduation.

Topics: Career, Nursing

How Do You Know If You Need A Master’s Degree for a Career in Science and Technology?

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Humanity has a love-hate relationship with technology. Our growing reliance on new and updated systems, networks and products presents both challenges and benefits to our global society. But undoubtedly, its impact is a pervasive reminder of what we can do.

Technology is integral to modern life. As tech professionals, we are responsible for designing, building and applying scientific principles to meet the technological demands of our society. Whether we work in the utilities or healthcare industry, aviation sector or IT field, keeping up to date with the latest developments and predicting future needs is a critical part of what we do.

Application-oriented knowledge and specialized training is inherent in the field. So I understand when technology professionals question the practicality of a master’s degree. This is a fair question from people who are trained to inquire, examine and solve complex problems.  

Topics: Science and Technology, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

How I Transitioned to a Successful Civilian Career and What I Did: Wendi Higgins ‘13

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A Commander’s Call held at the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in December 2013. Image via the U.S. Air National Guard by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen.

Veterans face many difficulties when transitioning to civilian life. As service members, it is tough to find the same challenges or pride in civilian positions like we had in our military lives and accomplishments. Sometimes, it is hard translate the things we do into civilian terms.

Essentially, we are starting all over again. But it is possible to create a civilian network of colleagues and friends whose knowledge we can draw upon.

Topics: Military and Veterans, Career

7 Booming Careers You Can Get With a Liberal Arts Degree

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Are the liberal arts still relevant today?

Are college graduates gaining the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce?

Today, educators and leaders are debating the effectiveness of higher education. During the 1960s, a national shift in outlook emerged, challenging the ideals of a liberal arts education in comparison to more narrow and specialized career-ready programs.

However, studies have routinely shown that students who pursued a liberal arts education reported having the most fulfilling careers. And as more and more people increasingly change jobs, these “soft skills,” (i.e. communications, problem solving, critical thinking and adaptability) inherent in a liberal arts education, have become the most desired by employers.

As it turns out, a liberal arts degree may be the best career investment yet.

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

Do the Liberal Arts Still Matter Today?

Today, higher education is at a critical junction in the United States. As the nation considers cost, debt and the necessity of a college degree, one factor remains:  students must develop certain skills and abilities to be successful in our 21st century workforce. What is the best way to do that? Does a broad, liberal arts education still matter today, or are specialized, more narrowly focused programs what students and employers need? In this video, Dr. John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences, discusses the value of a liberal arts education – not only to provide students skills that are important to employers today, but also to be a productive member of society.

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs