Angela Adjetey-Appiah, MSN, MPH, MA, RN, FAACM
Director of Oncology Services Exeter Hospital
Special Author for Diversitynursing.com
Question: I am in the process of getting my doctorate in nursing practice the more I learn the more I understand that I am learning how to examine evidence based interventions to employ at institutions as well as through public policy support. I live in D.C. which is a great place for me to become a leader in psychiatric nursing interventions which promote mental health but I’m not sure what leadership positions exist for me to accomplish this. Most of the actual jobs for DNP’s seem like teaching nursing students.
Answer: Dear Colleen,
The DNP program prepares Nurses from all specialties to promote practice by applying evidence-based knowledge, improving care outcomes, and contributing to making the health care system better.
There are different tracks in the DNP programs. I suggest you make an appointment with a program of interest and speak to the faculty about your interest prior to applying. Most schools also help you with your dissertation research by making it a subject of interest. This is how you can apply research and impact your interest in Psychiatric Nursing and improve the research and practice.
DNP graduates do more than teaching. They are leaders on the units, and assume roles both in academia, outpatient, and inpatient settings.