I originally wrote this post for Health eCareers. Read the full article on their blog.
In their 2001 landmark publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm, the Institute of Medicine famously stated, “Healthcare harms patients too frequently and routinely fails to deliver its potential benefits. Indeed, between the healthcare that we now have and the healthcare that we could have lies not just a gap, but a chasm.”
To ensure patient welfare and meet the demands of modern medicine, the IOM declared that healthcare provider education must be reformed. Much to everyone's surprise, the IOM wasn’t interested in increasing the number of clinical or residency hours. Instead, they asked healthcare disciplines (physicians and advanced practice nurses alike) to focus on translational research, teamwork, and technology.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing responded to the IOM’s fervent call to action with the development of the doctor of nursing practice degree. This new, innovative degree was designed to align directly with the IOM’s education reform. The DNP degree revamps advanced practice nursing education to target the increasingly complex needs of modern healthcare.
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