Becoming a Doctor of Nursing Practice: My Story


  • Jeanne Venhaus Stein, DNP, MSN, RN, CNS, is Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, USA.

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There has been a great deal of curiosity about the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). I have been asked by my colleagues to share my story. “What is a DNP? What prompted you to seek a DNP? Why not a PhD? How will this degree help you in your career? Where will you practice?” Approached with so many questions and general curiosity, I decided to share my story.