Distinguish the PhD vs. DNP
Both a PhD and a DNP share difficult expectations (AACN, 2006). Both are considered terminal degrees in the nursing discipline, yet there are distinct differences. A PhD program prepares nurses to conduct original research, while a DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to translate this research into practice. Nurses with a PhD typically contribute to health care initiatives by discovering new knowledge, whereas an advanced practice nurse with a DNP contributes to health care improvement through practice, policy change, technological innovation, and/or executive leadership.