Nursing education has significantly evolved over the years.docx

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Nursing education has significantly evolved over the years. The proportion of nurses pursuing higher education has significantly increased over the years thus signifying the advancement of the profession. There are a wide range of nursing programs that provide nurses with opportunities to engage in continued education and opportunities for higher education. The nursing profession has two distinct educational pathways to achieve doctoral level each with distinct career outcomes. Doctor or Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs provide opportunities for MSN-prepared nurses to demonstrate their clinical and academic experience in their particular fields (Travers, Weis & Merrill, 2018). The choice between DNP and PhD programs depend on a nurse’s respective professional career goals and expectations (Travers, Weis & Merrill, 2018). The main difference between PhD and DNP degrees for nurses and nurse practitioners is that PhD programs are more research-based while DNP programs focus more and prepare nurses for clinical practice. The DNP program prepares nurses

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