Professional Nursing Practice

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ProfessionalNursing Practice


Whatit means to be a nurse with a practice or research doctorate

Nursesconstitute the largest number of the healthcare personnel. Nursingpractice is very diverse as it addresses leadership, clinical, healthcare needs of the public, and public policy. Besides, nurses havediverse educational credentials, ranging from associate to doctoraldegrees. Nursing education takes a wide range of forms that leads tomany different directions (Fitzpatrick &amp Kazer, 2013). There areassociated degrees, Bachelor’s, Master’s degrees, and Doctorate’samong many other forms. Nurses with more advanced degrees have moreflexibility to move into teaching, leadership and management roles(In Ricket al.,2015).

Beinga nurse with a research doctorate or practice means one has all thequalification needed to educate nurses, carry out research, and offerleadership. Having a Doctorate degree or its equivalent enablesindividual to have all the skills and competencyrequiredto improvehealthcare system, develop new medical practices and modes of treatmentthrough intensive research, and work with all people. Having aDoctoratedegreeputs a person in a high-ranking position in terms of professionalismand knowledge. Nurse with Doctorate degrees are trusted withleadership roles. Having a Doctorate degree improves nurse’sreputation and image in every practice area. Such personnel arepreferred for faculty positions and have a wider influence on thefield of nursing (Fitzpatrick &amp Kazer, 2013).

Theexpectations associated with doctorate

Nurseswith a doctorate degree are expected to have developed knowledge andskills as researchers. Specifically, they are expected to be skillfulin scholarly writing, have sufficient proficiency in contentknowledge, dexterity in laboratory techniques and methods, and havein-depth knowledge in statistics and research methods to offer anavenue for a line of inquiry associated with student’sconcentration as well as research interests (In Ricket al.,2015).

Besides,all nurses with Doctorate degree or qualification should demonstratethe ability to teach subject matter in their areas of specialization.Doctoral graduates are always encouraged to develop critical thinkingskills in advising by supervising independent study, working incounseling or tutorial roles, and leading master’s students inresearch (Fitzpatrick &amp Kazer, 2013).

Nurseswithout Doctorate degrees are not qualified to conduct research,write medical books, and become nurse trainers. They can engage inother roles including administrative duties but cannot lead researchstudy team (O`Lynn, 2013).

Schoolingin nursing is not as difficult as in medicine. Therefore, most peopleprefer doing nursing course to medicine course (O`Lynn, 2013).However, those with a doctorate degree can assist in leveling theplaying field among psychiatrists, nursing and medical doctorsinvolved in a team. For example, if a registered nurse were part of aproject team consisting of psychiatrists and medical doctors, havinga doctorate degree would “lift” the nursing perspective to thatof other members of the team (O`Lynn, 2013).

Nurseswith Doctorate degrees are in high demand currently. With apopulation that is quickly aging and health care problems, there isan increasing need for highly trained nurses. Enrolling in adoctorate program will make me more marketable than I am currently.With a Doctorate degree, my salary will increase. This motivates meto pursue the program. The mutable demands of the multifacetedhealthcare setting require that a nurse serving in specialty positionneed to have the highest level of scientific acquaintance andpractice expertise and skill possible (O`Lynn, 2013). In addition, aDoctorate degree in nursing is necessary due to the rapid expansionof knowledge underlying practice, increased complexity of patientcare, shortage of nurses that demand a higher level of preparationfor leaders who can design and asses care, and increased educationalexpectations for the preparation of other health professionals (InRicket al.,2015). Finally, one of the main reasons I want to do a doctoratedegree in nursing is that I want to make an impactinthe medical field and positively transform the health care systemwithin my community.


InRick, C., In Kritek, P. B., &amp United States. (2015). Realizingthe future of nursing: VA nurses tell their story.

O`Lynn,C. E. (2013). Aman`s guide to a nursing career.New York: Springer Pub. Co.

Fitzpatrick,J. J., &amp Kazer, M. W. (2013). Thedoctor of nursing practice and clinical nurse leader: Essentials ofprogram development and implementation for clinical practice.New York: Springer.

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