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Topic 3 DQ 2 Discuss the difference between a DNP and a PhD in nursing. Discuss which of these you would choose to pursue if you decide to continue your education to the doctoral level and explain why. The difference between Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is that in a PhD program the focus is on developing research skills and theory testing that can improve the standard of practice in nursing across clinical settings. In a DNP program however, the research data are applied along with new knowledge to transform healthcare and acted on to create a more efficient practice and better patient outcomes (Thomas 2018). When I decide to pursue my doctoral level, I will be enrolling in a DNP program. As healthcare grows so should health professionals. It is important to be aware of new evidence-based practices and research while applying this knowledge to patient care. As for now at no point I wish to assume an administration role because of my love for bedside nursing and patient interaction. Pursuing a DNP degree will give me the opportunity to focus on how to apply

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