As the need to provide primary care to medically underserved and diverse populations continue to escalate, the roles of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNPs) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs), who fall under the APRNs umbrella, have continued to grow. DNP prepared nurses are able to bring a blend of leadership, economic, organizational and clinical wide skills that allow them critique nursing practice status quo, thus designing acceptable and feasible care programs (Edwards et al., 2018). As a result, I envision the role and scope of a DNP and FNP to revolve around provision of advanced patient care, development and implementation of viable health policies, managing patient populations, and administration of healthcare organizations. A DNP program is, therefore, crucial in imparting in-depths skills critical for practitioners seeking to take up roles in leadership, healthcare policy, and clinical work.
Similar to the roles of a primary care physician, FNPs and DNPs have responsibility of providing comprehensive, lifelong care to patients through health education, preventive health services, and disease management. As an APRN, I envision working with patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension; infants and children; pregnant women; and those with minor, but acute injuries. With the increasing demand for episodic care among different age groups in the Metropolitan State, I believe that the skills learnt in the DNP program will play a huge role in bridging gap in the provision of quality and timely care.
Undoubtedly, the skills attained from the DNP program will be important in advancing professional nursing in Metropolitan state. APRNs are mostly viewed as evaluators, leaders, program developers, agents of change, and healthcare leaders (Edwardson, 2010). However, this does not imply that as a DNP, the goal will be to alter the scope of practice for other nurse practitioners. Rather, the objective will be to work alongside other colleagues, especially the master’s prepared practitioners, with the aim of serving as leader, evaluator of care, and positive change agent. Moreover, I envision utilizing technological skills, business prowess, and healthcare adroitness to implement and advance nursing best practices. Through the utilization of evidence-based practices, professional nursing skills will be implemented across board, thus leading to improved health outcomes.
Throughout my career as a Registered Nurse (RN), I have acquired experience and academic skills that have prepared me to become a better practitioner and a successful education graduate at Metropolitan state. For instance, my problem-solving skills will be critical in averting negative impacts on healthcare. Often, DNP professionals are required to assume the role of an instructor, having to share their research findings and strategies in an engaging and informative manner (Tovar et al., 2020). I have also gathered practical experience as an executive leader, guiding nurses and other medical staff on primary care. Additionally, I am very talented in communication, teamwork, and offering motivation, all which are key pillar to strengthening healthcare delivery in metropolitan State.
The role of APRNs in healthcare is continuously becoming a necessity due to increase in the need to offer medical care to the underserved and diverse populations. The primary aim as to why I want to join the DNP program is to assist in bringing the necessary blend of leadership, economic, clinical wide and organizational skills in Metropolitan state. This will in turn help transform the healthcare service delivery in the state through the utilization of technological skills, healthcare adroitness, and business prowess. I believe that the experience I have gathered throughout my career will be crucial in helping me become a better practitioner after graduating from the DNP Program.
Edwards, N. E., Coddington, J., Erler, C., & Kirkpatrick, J. (2018). The Impact of the Role of Doctor of Nursing PracticeNurses on Healthcare and Leadership. Medical Research Archives, 6(4). Available at https://journals.ke-i.org/mra/article/view/1734/1794
Edwardson, S. R. (2010). Doctor of philosophy and doctor of nursing practice as complementary degrees. Journal of Professional Nursing, 26(3), 137-140. Available at http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.475.5078&rep=rep1&type=pdf
Tovar, E., Ossege, J., Farus-Brown, S., Zonsius, M., & Morrow, L. (2020). DNP Program Faculty and Graduates’ Knowledge and Use of QI and Safety Processes. Nurse educator, 45(1), 11-16. Available at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mary_Zonsius/publication/332620819_DNP_Program_Faculty_and_Graduates_Knowledge_and_Use_of_QI_and_Safety_Processes/links/5e0e0f8992851c8364adb0f7/DNP-Program-Faculty-and-Graduates-Knowledge-and-Use-of-QI-and-Safety-Processes.pdf