Careers

The future of healthcare needs leaders like you.

As the population continues to age, the demand for nurses increases steadily. Add the fact that an estimated 40% of all nurses are over age 50, and you can see some healthcare challenges on the horizon.

The Misericordia online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum builds on a master’s education by introducing training in evidence-based practice, systems leadership, informatics, and quality improvement — with the goal of developing leaders for the field.

Why is now the right time to earn your DNP?

Nurses are expected to have a well-rounded skill set that includes leadership qualities, scientific knowledge, and the ability to measure outcomes to ensure the best patient results.

There’s never been a better time to prepare to advance your career and make a difference on a much larger scale.

What’s the career outlook for nurses with their DNP?

Opportunity comes to those who are prepared — and advancing your education is the best way to prepare for larger roles and higher salaries. The rapid growth in nursing makes this an excellent time to pursue your online DNP degree, and Misericordia offers options to earn it, whether you have your BSN or MSN.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase by 31% from 2016 to 2026, well above the national average for all occupations. The median pay for DNP-related careers is also significantly higher than average, with nurse practitioners earning a median salary of $111,000 based on 2017 data.

Jackie Delprete

“Patients are out there and need our care. As nurses, we know what’s best for the patient and can now act on those critical thinking skills that we have. There is so much more opportunity and fulfillment at a graduate level.”

— Jacklyn DelPrete, MSN, CRNP, NP-c, Assistant Professor

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Not all DNP-prepared nurses choose to work in direct care. Your experience-based education will allow you to pursue different roles and employment areas where you’re able to bring innovation to healthcare and positively affect the industry. Some examples include:

  • Health policy specialist
  • Organizational and professional leader
  • Public health program director
  • Chief nursing executive officer

  • Nursing/health informatics
  • Population health
  • Chief clinical officer
  • Vice president, patient services
  • Chief patient experience executive

Make a difference — your way.

Apply your advanced knowledge of nursing care to a variety of settings and position yourself as a leader who can:

  • Analyze health policies, proposals, and related issues
  • Demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing health policy at every level
  • Influence policymakers through active participation in task forces and committees
  • Educate others at all levels regarding nursing, health policy, and patient care outcomes
  • Advocate for the nursing profession with the healthcare and policy communities
  • Develop, evaluate, and provide leadership for healthcare policy
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies