Health care employers are recognizing the unique contributions that nurses with advanced degrees can make in the practice arena. As a result, the demand for nurses with a doctorate
Health care employers are recognizing the unique contributions that nurses with advanced degrees can make in the practice arena. As a result, the demand for nurses with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) is accelerating.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, registered nurses earned an average annual salary of $69,790, or $33.55 an hour. While nurses with BSNs typically see steady pay raises, nurses can earn much more if they pursue a DNP.
The American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN) said the DNP should replace the MSN as the gold standard to become a nurse practitioner (NP) by 2015. How much a nurse who goes from a BSN to a DNP will earn depends on the specific career path. Here are some careers and their salaries for DNPs in 2015, according to payscale.com:
Additionally, NPs who practice in urban settings earn more than those who don't.
To earn a DNP, nurses build on traditional master's programs. They study evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas.
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