THE ROLE OF THE DNP CLINICAL SCHOLAR VS THE PhD CLINICAL SCHOLAR Linda J. Tucker
Wayne State University
Foundation of Nursing as a Discipline
Professor Nancy M. George
September 20, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to develop an argument essay on the DNP Scholar versus the PhD scholars.
Understanding the Difference
There is a lot of confusion in this weeks reading on whether having a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctorate in Philosophy of Nursing (PhD) will help in defining our roles. First question, Is one more scholarly than the other based on clinical practice or research practices? As an advanced practice nurse working on a DNP, I think the DNP uses their clinical expertise, clinical judgment skills, and experiences on a daily basis with the interaction they have with patients in a real world. The DNP has to take into account the values, cultural, and social, perception of the individual patient. The advanced nurse practitioner with a Master and Doctorate of Nursing Practice has the benefit of problem solving from a clinical approach without delay meeting patient’s individual need in a relative short period time. The nursing researcher PhD does not have the opportunity of interaction with patients. The PhD research nurse, a Master prepared nurse must approach problem solving from the standpoint of collecting data, analyzing data, and drawing a conclusion to solve a problem over a period of time which is considered evidenced based nursing research. This approach does not look at the every day realities and difficulty faced in a clinical setting. As an advanced practice a provider, a mentor, a preceptor, an educator and a Master prepared nurse my role is grounded in meeting the immediate need of clients on an individual basis. This writer feels PhD roles may be underdeveloped in healthcare system today where solution to problem are solved on a quick-fix...