Nursing doctoral programs vary in focus

03/18/2009 | NurseZone.com

Nurses considering a doctoral program need to know that a Ph.D. will prepare them to research and generate evidence while the newer DNP or doctor of nursing practice will teach them to use evidence to improve patient outcomes, according to Bernadette Melnyk, dean of nursing at Arizona State University. She says while there is debate about which degree is more advantageous, both are important because evidence needs to be translated into clinical practice to be effective.

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