Friday, May 30, 2008

The Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice, or DNP, is the newest proposal by nursing educators to offset the growing shortage of primary care physicians across the United States. This new breed of advanced practice nurse would receive more training and assume greater responsibilities than a Nurse Practitioner. Even as physician groups argue that patients will be confused by this new "hybrid" provider, it is acknowledged that a lack of primary care physicians is nearing the point of a nationwide crisis.

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