NURS 8002 The role of a DNP-Prepared Nurse Discussion

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NURS 8002 The role of a DNP-Prepared Nurse Discussion

NURS 8002 The role of a DNP-Prepared Nurse Discussion

A doctoral degree carries a certain set of expectations associated with the completion of advanced
educational attainment. Earning a DNP degree is no exception. What are the expectations associated
with a DNP-prepared nurse? How might these expectations differ among nursing staff without a DNP
degree?
The role of a DNP-prepared nurse is multifaceted; they can serve as nurse educators, policy and
legislation advocates, direct nursing care supervisors, or advanced practice nurses responsible for
tracking, installing, and monitoring initiatives aimed at improving nursing and healthcare delivery.
Regardless of the expectations associated with a DNP-prepared nurse, throughout your program of

study, you will hone the skills necessary to enact each of these roles. Consider which role you are most
excited about. What do you hope to accomplish in the realm of professional nursing practice with your
DNP degree?
For this Discussion, reflect on your personal motivations to pursue a DNP degree. Consider the
expectations associated with the DNP-prepared nurse, including how these may differ with a PhD-
prepared nurse. Reflect on the DNP degree requirements, including your practicum/field experience and
completion of your Doctoral Project. Then, think about how you will demonstrate the alignment of the
AACN DNP Essentials to the completion of these program-of-study milestones.
To prepare:

 Review the Learning Resources and reflect on the reasons you have chosen to pursue a
DNP degree. How do you anticipate that earning this degree will support your
professional goals?
 Reflect on the differences between DNP and PhD degrees. How may this relate to your
decision to pursue the DNP degree?
 Review the degree requirements for completing your DNP at Walden. Specifically,
consider the focus of the Doctoral Project and practicum experiences as discussed in
the DNP Essentials document. Keep in mind that you will be required to identify a site
or sites for completion of your DNP project and your practicum hours required for the
degree. You can refer to the Field Experience requirements presented in the Learning
Resources.

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 After reviewing the DNP Essentials document and the DNP Project Process Guide for the DNP
project, reflect on what it means to address an organization’s needs to attend to a gap in
practice or implement a practice change. What is the difference between a gap in practice and a
practice change? How does your role as the DNP-prepared nurse contribute to meeting a
stakeholder need?
By Day 3 of Week 4
Post a brief explanation of the role of the nurse with a practice doctorate. Be specific. Explain the
expectations associated with obtaining this degree, including how these expectations might be different
for a nurse who holds a different degree. Then, explain how these considerations relate to your
motivation to pursue a DNP, including a brief description of how your role as a DNP-prepared nurse will
meet a potential organization’s need to address a gap in practice or implement a practice change.
Discuss any experiences you have had in addressing a gap in practice or a practice change within an
organization. Be specific.
By Day 6 of Week 4

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses and respond to at least two of your colleagues on two
different days by suggesting an additional perspective on what it means to be a nurse with a practice
doctorate, offer support to the expectations with obtaining the degree that your colleague posted, or
expand upon your colleague’s post.
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view
and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the "Post to Discussion Question" link and
then select "Create Thread" to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you
cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully
before clicking on Submit!
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
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Post by Day 3 of Week 4 and Respond by Day 6 of Week 4

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Excellent
90%–100%

Good
80%–89%

Fair
70%–79%

Poor
0%–69%
Describe the 3 AACN DNP Essentials 41 (41%) – 45 (45%) 36 (36%) – 40 (40%) 32 (32%) – 35 (35%) 0 (0%) – 31 (31%)

that most align to the completion of
a Doctoral Project. Be specific.

The response accurately and clearly
describes in detail 3 AACN DNP
Essentials that most align to the
completion of a Doctoral Project.
The response provides accurate and
specific details that fully support the
selection of the 3 AACN DNP
Essentials described.

The response accurately describes 3
AACN DNP Essentials that most align
to the completion of a Doctoral
Project.
The response provides accurate
details that support the selection of
the 3 AACN DNP Essentials
described.

The response inaccurately or
vaguely describes 3 AACN DNP
Essentials that most algin to the
completion of a Doctoral Project.
OR
The response describes < 3 AACN
DNP Essentials.
The response provides inaccurate or
vague details that may support the
selection of the AACN DNP
Essentials described.

The response inaccurately and
vaguely describes 3 AACN DNP
Essentials that most align to the
completion of a Doctoral Project, or
it is missing.
The response provides inaccurate
and vague details that do not

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support the selection of the AACN
DNP Essentials described, or it is
missing.

Explain how the AACN DNP
Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience. Be specific.

36 (36%) – 40 (40%)
The response accurately and clearly
describes in detail how the AACN
DNP Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience.
The response provides accurate and
specific details that fully support the
relationship between the AACN DNP
Essentials and a practicum/field
experience.

32 (32%) – 35 (35%)
The response accurately describes
how the AACN DNP Essentials will
relate to the completion of a
practicum/field experience.
The response provides accurate
details that support the relationship
between the AACN DNP Essentials
and a practicum/field experience.

28 (28%) – 31 (31%)
The response inaccurately or
vaguely describes how the AACN
DNP Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience.
The response provides inaccurate or
vague details that may support the
relationship between the AACN DNP
Essentials and a practicum/field
experience.

0 (0%) – 27 (27%)
The response inaccurately and
vaguely describes how the AACN
DNP Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience, or it is missing.
The response provides inaccurate
and vague details that do not
support the relationship between
the AACN DNP Essentials and a
practicum/field experience, or it is
missing.

Written Expression and Formatting –
Paragraph Development and
Organization:
Paragraphs make clear points that
support well-developed ideas, flow
logically, and demonstrate
continuity of ideas. Sentences are
carefully focused—neither long and
rambling nor short and lacking
substance. A clear and
comprehensive purpose statement
and introduction is provided which
delineates all required criteria.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity.
A clear and comprehensive purpose
statement, introduction, and
conclusion is provided which
delineates all required criteria.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity 80% of the
time.
Purpose, introduction, and
conclusion of the assignment is
stated, yet is brief and not
descriptive.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity 60%–79% of
the time.
Purpose, introduction, and
conclusion of the assignment is
vague or off topic.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity < 60% of the
time.
No purpose statement,
introduction, or conclusion was
provided.

Written Expression and Formatting –
English writing standards:
Correct grammar, mechanics, and
proper punctuation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct grammar, spelling, and
punctuation with no errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1 or 2) grammar,
spelling, and punctuation errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3 or 4) grammar,
spelling, and punctuation errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) grammar,
spelling, and punctuation errors that
interfere with the reader’s
understanding.

Written Expression and Formatting –
The paper follows correct APA
format for title page, headings, font,
spacing, margins, indentations, page
numbers, parenthetical/in-text
citations, and reference list.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct APA format with no
errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1 or 2) APA format
errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3 or 4) APA format
errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) APA format
errors.

Total Points: 100
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