You may have heard that Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Doctor’s Nurses (DNPs) are the same thing. In actuality, there are subtle differences between these two titles. Becoming a Nurse Practitioner requires more study and training, while Doctor’s Nurses require a bachelor’s degree and some post-graduate training. If you want to become a Nurse Practitioner, your options are limited — as there aren’t any nurse practitioner programs that lead to licensure as Nurse Practitioners. Your best bet is to attend a four-year school with a NP program in order to qualify for the NP license. In this blog post, you can learn more about these differences so you can make the right decision when pursuing either option.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner is a doctor-like expert who works in a variety of areas like physical, mental, and developmental disorders. They may care for your child with special education needs, or they may be a home health aide who specializes in teaching patients how to do certain activities at home. In short, a Nurse Practitioner is a doctorate-level expert who specializes in providing primary health care to people of all ages. They work in a variety of medical settings like a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital, and may work as a primary care provider for you or for an Aging in Place or complex services delivery model.
What is a Doctor’s Nurse?
Dr. or MD? What difference does it make? In general, the doctor title carries a more prestigeful weight than the nurse one. It’s worth clarifying that the two titles are different, and both have benefits and disadvantages. Becoming a Doctor’s Nurse requires a Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) degree, and requires additional training, which may include specialized certification and advanced nursing skills (ANSW) certification. A Doctor’s Nurse is a nurse who has obtained a Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) degree, and who works as a unit of advanced practice nursing.
Why Becoming a Nurse Practitioner Is More Difficult Than Becoming a Doctor
Becoming a doctor requires years of dedicated study and training, which often requires completion of a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) degree. Becoming a nurse practitioner requires years of study and training, with the same requirements as a doctorate in nursing, though qualifications for endorsement to the National Nurse Practitioner Association’s (NNNPA) higher certifications are lower. Becoming a nurse practitioner is often more challenging because of the competition for limited healthcare resources. You can expect to spend more time training as a nurse practitioner than learning to become a doctor, and you’ll have to put in the effort to compete for limited healthcare resources.
Different Beds and Different Battles in the NP Battlefront
In one corner you’ve got the traditional bed-side nursing practice. Bedsside nursing is based on the premise that you should always be available to your patient 24/7/365. This may seem like common sense, but as you can imagine, it’s a lot harder to do in an acute care setting where you’re usually only able to break the cycle of care once an hour. In this corner you’ve got telemedicine, which relies on real-time communication between the patient and their health care team. This can be everything from text messages to video visits. It also relies on having access to a smart phone, which may limit your ability to adequately respond to some urgent situations.
There are many benefits of becoming a nurse practitioner, including the opportunity to provide primary health care to people of all ages, to work in a challenging setting where you get a chance to push yourself as an expert in a variety of areas, and to make a difference in the life of a patient. It can be a great choice if you want to make a lasting impact on people’s health and well-being. But it’s important to consider your goals and the best way to get there.