Using Effects-Based Reasoning to Examine the DNP as the Single Entry Degree for Advanced Practice Nursing,
by Marilyn K. Rhodes, EdD, MSN, RN, CNM, was recently published to the The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Need for More Dialogue
OJIN topic. This article examines real and potential outcomes of having the DNP degree as the single entry level for APN practice using an effects-based- reasoning framework. The author begins with a discussion of factors that influenced the DNP initiative and an explanation of effects-based reasoning. Within an effects-based framework, the author examines acceptance or rejection of the DNP initiative by APN programs and professional organizations, as well as the effects within the broader healthcare community.
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