Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 22(2) June 2009 : 85-91.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2009.20801
Nursing Research

Practice Doctorates in Nursing: Developing Nursing Leaders

Sonia Acorn, Kimberley Lamarche and Margaret Edwards


Over the past two decades, doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree programs have grown rapidly in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. The DNP has as its emphasis the preparation of leaders for clinical practice, health policy, administration and clinical research. DNP-prepared nurses are in a prime position to work with nurse researchers and to provide leadership in nursing in a variety of settings. DNP programs prepare nurses for the highest level of practice, while PhD programs will continue to prepare nurse researchers. Both PhD and DNP programs are needed to advance nursing knowledge and provide leadership in healthcare.



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