Which specialized area of DNP will earn the highest starting salary for DNP?
If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, your DNP license permits you to start an independent practice without a medical doctor’s supervision. (In most states) With a doctoral degree, your scope of practice includes writing prescriptions.
Two of the specialized tracks garner a better starting salary of DNP. Doctoral graduates in both these specialties must pass a national certification exam. Leading are nurse anesthetists, which average about $135,000. Next is the nurse practitioner who makes about $80,000 to start.
Large hospitals and medical centers pay DNPs well; starting salaries are generally $100,000 plus.
Is the Starting Salary for DNPs Better by Concentrating Practice on past Experience?
Experts agree you will earn more money by concentrating your doctorate specialty in areas where you already have experience. For example, current Nurse Educators would concentrate on the specialized track geared to Educators. Those who are currently in administration would take the specialized track for Clinical Executive.
Staying within your nursing area of expertise should position your starting salary for DNP closer to the top of the earnings curve.
Besides Salary of DNPs what are some Personal Satisfactions?
What a thoughtful question! Bearing in mind that as a doctoral nurse, you’re still considered a “new kid on the block” by many employers. As the healthcare field continues to grow in a new, more complex direction, many employers will experience a shift in thinking and hire nurses with advanced practice degrees.
As for personal satisfaction, you have committed to challenge yourself professionally and academically. You’ll be able to take a new, objective look at the quality of care you deliver. You will have the enhanced knowledge to improve patient outcomes. Your leadership skills will strengthen.
Your title will give you a greater sense of authority and patients will have a greater respect. Some will even call you “Doctor”!