Are you nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner interested in serving patients at a higher level? Do you have a desire to influence the broader healthcare system? Do you thrive in an academic environment? If the answer is yes, consider obtaining your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
The DNP is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice. Not only do nurses that obtain their doctorate have more opportunities to lead and work as independent healthcare providers, but they also take an active role in shaping the future of healthcare in our nation.
Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) DNP curriculum provides education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership, building on the knowledge acquired during master’s level studies. The DNP program draws on the clinical expertise of our world-renowned faculty and students to prepare nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to impact the health care of women and families on a community, regional and national level.
Have you been considering enrolling in a DNP program? Here are some reasons why we think you should, and why FNU is the perfect place to earn your degree.
Advance Your Career
An obvious reason for obtaining a DNP is to take your nursing career to the highest level. Because of the increasing complexity of healthcare, many healthcare programs across the United States now require a DNP for entry into advanced practice roles. FNU’s DNP program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses with the necessary credentials to move into these roles.
“The DNP is important to my career advancement because it takes the political, educational and managerial branches of nursing that are very important to the advancement of the profession, cultivates them and takes me to the next step,” said FNU faculty member and alumnus Brian Webster, DNP, APRN-NP, NP-C, CEN, CPEN, FAWM.
Increase Your Leadership
FNU has an excellent reputation for preparing leaders who are firmly rooted in evidence-based practice. The DNP curriculum is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to be leaders and change agents in the healthcare system.
“The DNP program is pushing me to become a better leader,” said DNP student Kamil El, CNM. “I’m used to staying in the background and putting my head down, but I’m being challenged to engage more on a political stage and with stakeholders in my community to make sure my patients get the kind of care they deserve.”
FNU graduates are driving innovations in healthcare and impacting their communities in incredible ways.
“Frontier has a rich history of encouraging nurses to initiate change and improve health care. Students will assess health care needs within their own health care system and translate evidence into practice using quality improvement initiatives,” said DNP program director Jane Houston, DNP, CNM, FACNM.
Communication is a major focus of FNU’s educational model. In many instances, improving healthcare outcomes boils down to improving communication, and FNU DNP alumni exit the program prepared to implement strong communication tools into their practices. Alumna Rachel Simmons, DNP, WHNP ultimately went with FNU as her doctorate program of choice because of the fine communication skills of a coworker who was an FNU DNP alumna.
“I noticed that this nurse practitioner seemed more prepared in terms of her skills and knowledge as compared to many other FNPs in the company. She had excellent communication skills and exuded confidence with minority patients,” said Rachel.
Guide the Next Generation
Nursing schools are facing a shortage of available faculty. With qualified nursing educators desperately needed in academia, completing a DNP degree can open doors to pursuing a career as faculty.
After completing her DNP at FNU, alumna Mary Ellen Biggerstaff, DNP, MSN stepped into a role as regional clinical faculty where she has found a passion for helping students following in her footsteps.
“I train people to be excellent nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners, especially to rural and vulnerable populations,” she said. “I love to see students I mentored impacting their communities.”
Join the FNU Community
Being a part of the FNU community opens students up to a wide network of FNU alumni across the country. While DNP courses are exclusively online, students will attend a three-day on-campus orientation at our Kentucky campus to kickstart the program. Students will have the opportunity to meet their deans, professors and colleagues they will be in communication with throughout the program and even after graduation.
As an alumnus of FNU, you will have access to many wonderful ways to keep in touch with friends and stay connected to FNU, including reunions, conference receptions, case days and eNews.
Want to learn more about FNU’s DNP program? Visit Frontier.edu/DNP to view the curriculum, request information and apply.
If you are interested in becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and earning a MSN and then a DNP, consider FNU’s MSN program which allows you to continue into the DNP through a direct admissions process.
Read Kamil’s story and many others in our FNU blog, and watch FNU alumni explain the importance of the DNP below!