With the current shortage of doctors in the US, the healthcare sector needs a solution – and fast. With the aging population and an increasing number of people requiring long-term care for chronic conditions, medical professionals have never been in higher demand. This shortage has led to the growth in demand for Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNPs). DNPs are not doctors in the conventional sense. Instead, they’re mostly nurses who take on additional responsibilities in clinical practice, offering managerial and leadership skills alongside regular patient care.
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The role offers a range of perks that nurses taking traditional career paths don’t often experience. For starters, the pay is much higher, as the following infographic makes clear. Chief nursing offices, for instance, receive an average compensation above $125,000 per year.
But other on-the-job perks make being a DNP more satisfying. Given complex healthcare environments, DNPs often have to take on interdisciplinary roles, linking different teams together. Their work involves a greater variety of tasks compared to standard practitioners. What’s more, they have more power to advocate for change in care practices, owing to their joint expertise in both medical provision and management. DNPs have a higher level of control over how they do their jobs than many healthcare professionals.
Finally, there are opportunities to mentor other nurses. DNPs, therefore, have a quasi-training role, sharing their wisdom with their colleagues when appropriate.
Are you interested in a career as a DNP? If so, take a look at the following infographic. It describes what a DNP is, their responsibilities, and how much different roles pay.
Infographic by Bradley University
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