Educational DIMENSION: The ABCs of Nursing Doctoral DegreesPhD, DNSc, ND The ABCs of Nursing Doctoral DegreesRobb, Wendy J. Waldspurger DNSc, RN, CCRN Author Information Wendy J. Waldspurger Robb, DNSc, RN, CCRN, works full-time as an assistant professor of nursing at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has been a critical care nurse for 18 years and continues to work per diem in the trauma neuro intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Presently, she is a nursing doctoral student at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Wendy J. Waldspurger Robb, DNSc, RN, CCRN, Cedar Crest College, 100 college Lane, Allentown, PA 18103 ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: March 2005 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 89-96 Buy AbstractIn Brief Doctorally prepared nurses are the nursing profession's voice for the future. Currently, there is an urgent demand for these advanced nurses to move into positions of leadership in both clinical and nonclinical settings. The purpose of this article is to investigate the various nursing doctoral degrees, including the history of doctoral education in nursing and variances in terminal nursing degrees. Recommendations for choosing a doctoral program are proposed and the vital need for the encouragement and support of nurses interested in pursuing doctoral studies is discussed. More and more nurses are seeking doctoral degrees. The purpose of this article is to investigate the various doctoral degrees. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.