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Is the Doctorate of Nursing Practice an Appropriate Degree for Executive Nurse Leaders?

Beal, Judy DNSc, RN; Bolg, Julee R. MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC; Brostoff, Marcie MS, RN NE-BC

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November-December 2011 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 342–343
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e31822e6aef
Ongoing Column: Second Opinion Column

The discussion about the DNP continues. Should nurse executives obtain a DNP, or is a PhD more appropriate?

Julee R. Bolg is the Executive Director, Satellite Clinical Operations, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

Marcie Brostoff is the Director Education/Staff Development, Children's Hospital Boston, Nursing /Patient Services Department.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Second Opinion columns are coordinated by Kathleen Leask Capitulo and Judy Beal. Dr. Capitulo can be reached via e-mail at: Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at:

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