As an aging baby boomer population begins to require greater care, the healthcare industry has started seeing greater demand for services across the board, especially in regards to nursing. And as baby boomer healthcare professionals get ready to retire, they’re vacating high-level leadership positions around the nation, leaving openings for the next generation of experienced nurses to step up and take charge.
For nurses who’ve completed their MSN degrees and are eager to continue advancing their careers, it’s an opportune moment to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in order to develop the skills needed to pursue those leadership roles. Like a PhD, a DNP is the highest level of nursing degree that one can obtain. But while a PhD is oriented toward academic research, DNP careers tend to be hands-on healthcare leadership roles. DNP careers can take on many forms: in clinical practice in a hospital or doctor’s office; in hospital administration or systems management; or in the political sector in legislative advocacy or policymaking.
A DNP degree opens up a world of possibilities for graduates, who will emerge with the skills and experience they need to grow professionally within the healthcare sector.
Industries hiring DNP graduates
Many people aren’t aware of areas a DNP can work in aside from clinical care. But in the complicated world of healthcare policy, DNP graduates’ combination of clinical experience, research knowledge, and systems thinking skills makes them a tremendous asset in all kinds of roles. DNPs may work in the following fields:
- Hospitals or doctors’ offices
- Private-sector healthcare organizations
- Management or consulting