Thank you for posting this question in the forum and allowing for a community response. In my personal organization DNP graduates are compensated based on their level of education and experience. When the RN or MSN nurse graduates from a specific degree, management or HR is notified and the paygrade is then increased. When it comes to certifications my current facility gives one time bonuses for these certifications instead of an hourly raise. I think DNP’s should be appropriately compensated when they receive a higher level degree even if they hold a leadership position beforehand. The student has taken the time and effort and resources in order to earn the degree and should be adequately repaid for their work. DNPs in my organization are also recognized for their work in advancing the implementation of EBP and translating research into practice.
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