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Paper Wins Excellence in Education Award

Oct. 20, 2016

A paper co-authored by Healthforce Center faculty Joanne Spetz, will receive the 2016 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Education Award this month.

In spite of recommendations from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine that nursing schools transition their advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) programs to doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs, many nursing schools have been slow to make the full transition. The research team, led by Grant Martsolf, PhD, RN, from RAND, conducted interviews and a survey to understand what factors have resulted in the resistance.

Schools that are waiting to fully transition to the DNP program, and away from the masters of science in nursing (MSN), are waiting for growth in student and employer demands as well as accreditation and certifying organizations requiring the DNP for the education of APRNs. However, the growth of the DNP programs coupled with the continued presence of MSN programs, the authors write, highlights an important potential trade-off between the current and future needs of the American health care system: Employers need both more APRNs and APRNs prepared with a new skill set.

Dr. Martsolf will accept the award this month.