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Community/Public Health Nursing Practice Leaders' Views of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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  • Susan M. Swider,

    1. Associate Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Pamela Levin,

    1. Associate Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Julia Cowell,

    1. Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Susan Breakwell,

    1. Associate Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Pearl Holland,

    1. Chief (retired), Public Health Nursing, Baltimore County Department of Health Baltimore, Maryland and Clinical Faculty, Community Health Nursing, Towson State University, Maryland.
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  • Janet Wallinder

    1. Manager, Multnomah County (OR) Health Department, Neighborhood Health Division, Portland, Oregon
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Susan M. Swider, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University Medical Center, 600 S. Paulina, #1080, Chicago, IL 60612. E-mail: susan_m_swider@rush.edu

Abstract

ABSTRACT Objectives: This paper presents thoughts of practice leaders in the community/public health nursing (C/PHN) specialty on advanced nursing practice (ANP) and the necessary educational preparation for such practice.

Design and Sample: Practice leaders were engaged in conversations specifically focused on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as preparation for ANP in their specialties, and asked to consider the benefits of, and challenges to, this educational program.

Measures and Results: The resulting remarks were then assessed for themes by the interviewers and these are presented along with thoughts on the future of education for ANP.

Conclusion: Overall, there was much agreement among the practice leaders interviewed about the importance of a broad skill set for ANP in the specialty. However, the practice leaders interviewed here also identified the practical challenges involved in educating nurses at the DNP level in the C/PHN specialty, as well as some concerns about the definitions of ANP for the future.

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