Coastie

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http://news.nurse.com/article/20100412/NATIONAL02/104050081/-1/frontpage

"According to AACN, nationwide there are 120 research-focused doctoral programs (including PhD, DNSc and DNS), with another eight programs in development.

Another doctoral option is the DNP, a clinically focused doctorate that rapidly has been gaining popularity. According to AACN, 120 DNP programs exist in 35 states, with another 161 in development."


Current residents, please be very vocal about any training of DNP's in your local program, and vocal to your local, state, and national specialty societies. Remember, anesthesiology has been dealing with this for a long time now, so take it from us: you don't want this to get out of hand. CRNAs are the spear-tip of a massive assault on medicine.
 
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medicinesux

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And don't forget that we are now facing a supposed "physician shortage" in this country. This is perfect fodder for these DNP programs to begin a phase of explosive growth which has already just begun. I wrote about this very issue back in December-

http://medicinesux.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/noctors-aka-nurse-doctors/

Oh and let's not forget that NP's are furiously fighting for parity in medicare reimbursements. With this immense increase in supply coming down the pike, primary care salaries will be as stagnant as molasses for years to come.

Medicine is about to go off the cliff. Got your helmet?
 

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If we can't beat them ... why don't we just abuse their system?? There has to be enough medical, administrative, and business prowess in these forums to open a few of these schools, charge them outrageous rates for very little return on their investment. Furthermore, we'll make sure to have very low admission standards so many of them fail out, making us the money, but preventing them from seeing/hurting patients.