Is a Doctorate in Nursing really necessary?
HELP!!!! I'm in a really frantic state right now. I've currently been accepted into a masters entry program at the yale university school of nursing. The program is 3 years, and at the end of my three years I would have my RN, and a PNP certificate. I've been accepted to Case Western Reserve University in their Nursing Doctorate Program which is a 4 year program. Upon completion of the ND program I would have a RN, PNP, and a Doctorate in Nursing.
My dilemma is whether or not a Doctorate in Nursing is really necessary for me to obtain especially if I hope to just work in clinical practice.
I've been informed by both the faculty at Columba University and Case Western that there is a movement to filter out the masters program for advanced parctice nurses and replace it with a doctorate program in nursing by the year 2015!!!!!! This means, that soon after 2015 those advanced practice nurses would gain DOCTORATE DEGREES!
My main concern is whats going to happen to the NP's with MSNs? Will we be out of a job or will we be forced to go back to school to obtain a doctorate degree? it's quite frightening indeed, and I'm having a difficult time deciding whether to go to school at Case Western or Yale.
Someone please help me!! where do you see this profession going? And is a Doctorate in Nursing truely necessary for this profession?
An extremely confused ProspectiveStudent