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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. DNP and PhD are terminal degrees in the nursing practice. The key difference between the two is that while PhD focuses on research, DNP is the highest level of nursing practice and that focuses on the clinical practice. Rather put simpler, PhD nurses focus on discovery of new knowledge while DNP prepared nurses focus on application of new knowledge and research into the practice improve overall healthcare outcomes. According to the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN), the key differences between DNP and PhD can be analyzed through faculty, program of study, resources, students, and program outcome. In terms of faculty, DNP is focused in expertise in specific areas, senior leadership experience, and network of leadership practice while PhD focuses on research doctorate, and senior level funding (Thomas, 2018). DNP nurse

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