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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathleen M. Woodruff, RN, MS, CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This comprehensive resource describes the doctor of nursing degree (DNP), the evolution of the degree, the education required for it, and the roles and issues encountered by practitioners. The book provides clear information about transitioning advanced nursing practice and education to the higher level of the DNP role. This is an update of a 2010 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist novice DNPs in the transition to the new role in their professional life. The author has very clear and inspiring objectives that are achieved in this book.
Audience: The audience includes both students and novice advanced practice nurses with the DNP degree. The author is a clear authority in the field and can relate firsthand some of the role challenges that new DNP graduates will face.
Features: The book is constructed with two distinct sections, role transition and professional issues. The first section helps new DNP graduates with integrating the role in the areas of leadership, education, clinical practice, research, health policy, and ethics. The second section focuses on professional issues, such as clarifying why you became a DNP, how it will impact your practice role, how to market yourself, and next steps. These complex issues are presented in a clear manner, helping new graduates to come to a personal understanding of these questions. This degree and role clarification will help graduates in better serving the DNP role.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for graduate DNPs. The information is essential in assisting DNPs move into the new role.