If you’re already a nurse or you’re considering pursuing a career in nursing, you may want to think about earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Does it require more time spent on your education? Yes. Will it take a bit longer than becoming an RN? Yes. But, the benefits definitely outweigh what you might initially be giving up.
Just what are those benefits?
First, DNPs are most often placed in leadership roles. That means you can be in charge of other nursing distinctions in a variety of settings. You can serve in a hospital as a Chief Nursing Officer, you can advocate for improved healthcare policies within a facility or even a community, and you can even direct patient services for whatever organization you work for.
Because of the effort put in and the potential titles you can hold, a DNP also tends to have a higher salary than an RN or even an MSN. The median salary for a DNP is $101,982, while the median for an RN is just over $73,000.
If you truly value patient care, becoming a DNP will put you at the forefront of helping people. You will have so many different opportunities to make a difference, including creating and improving existing nursing practices to make sure patients are getting the attention they need and deserve.
Interested in earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree? Find out more about the programs at Marymount University to jumpstart the next chapter of your career as soon as possible.
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