The doctor of nursing practice and nursing education: highlights, potential, and promise.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The success of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs have exceeded everyone's expectations and resulted in increased interest in doctoral education in nursing. A shortage of doctorally prepared nurse educators continues to plague the profession and has a severe impact on the ability of schools of nursing to educate future generations of nurses. As a terminal degree in nursing practice, there is little focus on DNP graduates who are prepared as educators. To remedy this deficit, this article will therefore discuss and highlight (a) the significant potential of the DNP to mitigate the current nursing faculty shortage and to close the practice-education gap, (b) the specialized role of DNP graduates as educators and leaders in nursing education, and (c) the implications of the DNP for nursing scholarship.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Danzey, IM; Ea, E; Fitzpatrick, JJ; Garbutt, SJ; Rafferty, M; Zychowicz, ME

Published Date

  • September 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 311 - 314

PubMed ID

  • 21925464

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8481

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 8755-7223

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.06.008


  • eng