The media seems to have suddenly glommed on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and the fact that it will allow advanced practice nurses to use the title ‘doctor.’ I spoke with a reporter about this last week (who decided she wanted a ‘hands-on’ nurse to comment and not me – maybe she didn’t like my viewpoint or didn’t think I was a ‘real nurse’) and then found a related blog post on the glamour.com site today which I responded to. Here’s a line from the blog post: “When these nursing students complete the program, they’re bestowed the title “doctor” even though they haven’t gone through medical school.” Horrors! Someone with a doctoral degree using the title Doctor!! Who ever heard of such a thing? Read the original post and my long response on 2/3 at http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2009/02/health-controversy-is-your-doc.html#comments.
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