Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
The advent of nursing science, specifically middle-range nursing theories, expanded the discipline of nursing. Thorough understanding of nursing theory provides a solid foundation for advanced nursing practice. The DNP degree prepares graduates to integrate nursing science with organization, biophysical, psychological, and analytical sciences (AACN, 2006). Furthermore, this DNP essential underscores the importance of using science-based concepts to evaluate and enhance health care delivery and improve patient outcomes.