I’m embarrassed to say this, but the nursing profession is making a mockery of healthcare education by downgrading the post-graduate degree process. The nursing education requirements in the advertisement seen here are an embarrassment to the nursing profession.
Mrs. Happy pointed out an advertisement from her nursing magazine offering advanced nursing education opportunities. This advertisement for the doctor nurse practitioner (DNP) training track at Creighton University is a mockery of the rigorous educational requirements necessary to care for patients independently. Check out the nursing education requirements on their advertisement: No entrance exam required? No clinical experience? No thesis required? What has this world come to?
These are professionals who are going to be taking care of patients in less than two years. Some states allow NPs to manage patients independently with no physician oversight. That is just plain scary. This is an embarrassment to the foundation of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, microbiology, pharmacology, genetics — and on and on — required to care for patients independently.
This is scary stuff, people. These “DNPs” and NPs will be taking care of you in their clinic, independently, with no physician support, limited only by their own personal threshold for referral. Mrs. Happy brought up a good point with me, though:
Mrs. Happy: Did you do a thesis?
Happy: Yeah, it’s called internal medicine residency.
These are your nursing education requirements shaping the future of American healthcare. Instead of the academic nursing advocates charging ahead with rigor to guarantee a high level of educational standard, they pull this crap. Why? Why would they do this? Is it about money? Is it about keeping their classes full? Why the dumbing down of nursing educational requirements?
I think NPs are great. In fact, I enjoy working with them at Happy’s hospital in the capacity for which they are trained. But I question the motivations and integrity of nursing academia with their plans to give away post-graduate degrees which grant the right for candidates to see patients independently, candidates who have never passed an entrance exam or taken care of patients.
Oh wait, I forgot. They did write an essay on “Why I want to be a nurse practitioner.” I wish getting into medical school was that easy. This is your future, America. The future of nursing education requirements is here and now.
*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist*