Oakland University seeks to produce more advanced degree nurses

It’s not often you can call a nurse ‘doctor’, but that’s happening more and more at Oakland University.

The
Rochester Hills-based college is expanding its nursing program to offer
more graduate-level nursing courses. That includes classes for those
pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice, the highest level of
preparation for clinical practice recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The
idea is to help train advanced degree nurses so that there will be
enough teachers at local nursing education programs. This will assist
in expanding the pool graduates and help solve the nursing shortage.
Whew! That’s a lot of nurses, which is the point.

The new
Doctorate in Nursing Practice curriculum can be finished within two
years if the student already has a masters degree in nursing. It will
touch on subjects like advanced research methods, theory, leadership,
systems management and nursing informatics. There is also an
accelerated 16-month program.

Source: Oakland University
Writer: Jon Zemke