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    Thank you for sharing the informative document from the AACN. After reviewing the document, I was pleased to see many more DNP programs with a significant increase in enrolled students. More and more students are becoming familiar with the DNP degree and the roles of the DNP in the nursing profession. As a future DNP graduate, I want to raise more awareness about the DNP degree, as that can inspire others to pursue a DNP. DNP graduates also serve as role models in their workplace with the leadership skills acquired in their DNP program, and by leading by example, more and more nurses will show interest in the DNP degree. One of the best ways to educate other nurses about the DNP degree is to gain their trust and credibility to increase the degree’s receptiveness (Chism, 2023). Many nurses may not be familiar with the DNP degree and its role in nursing. They may feel shy or uncomfortable asking about it, so providing information to nurses that DNP graduates work with will significantly impact and increase the number of nurses pursuing a DNP degree.

    Chism, L. A. (2023). The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A guidebook for role development and professional Issues (5th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.


    Hello Elizabeth,

    as the need for DNP graduates grow the need for standardizing the role of a APRN increases. A DNP graduate can do so much for their community with the education they receive and with their clinical knowledge, it is very encouraging to see that more nurses are interested in continuing the pursuit of education and furthering their careers. As you mentioned the DNP role can increase credibility while also allowing for mentorships to develop between DNP graduates and DNP students. I am looking forward to seeing more DNP graduates gain confidence in their practice while also becoming an encouragement to other nurses who are considering to pursue their DNP in the future.

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