Nursing practitioners are often required to go through divergent education programs to attain their certifications. The first education program is the Doctor of Nursing practice (DNP) which is a degree pursued by experienced nurses who want to advance their clinical practice. The second program is the Ph.D. program which prepares nursing scientists on how they can develop nursing knowledge. The main difference between the two is that the former does not require a mentored teaching experience, while the latter prompts the nurses to undergo mentorship to design, develop and research various topics (Krippaehne, 2021). The second difference is that the DNP program requires a capstone project which is focused on accentuating clinical practice, while the Ph.D. program calls for the development of a dissertation. The dissertation requires the practitioner to disseminate and defend the gathered research information. The third difference is that the DNP program takes between 1 to 3 years to complete, while the Ph.D. program can last between 4 and 5 years. The fourth difference is that the Ph.D. is rooted in science and theory, which helps the nurses gain the requisite skills needed to formulate the research dissertation. The DNP conversely focuses on clinical practice and applied learning (Moskowitz, 2019). Personally, I will choose the DNP program because it will help me understand the clinical practice and how I can apply various theories in the practice setting. Furthermore, it will help me learn how to become a good leader.

Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years.

Discuss the difference between a DNP and a PhD in nursing. Discuss which of these you would choose to pursue if you decide to continue your education to the doctoral level and explain why.



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Discussion: Building a Health History

  • Effective communication is vital to constructing an accurate and detailed patient history. A patient’s health or illness is influenced by many factors, including age, gender, ethnicity, and environmental setting. As an advanced practice nurse, you must be aware of these factors and tailor your communication techniques accordingly. Doing so will not only help you establish rapport with your patients, but it will also enable you to more effectively gather the information needed to assess your patients’ health risks.
  • For this Discussion, you will take on the role of a clinician who is building a health history for a particular new patient assigned by your Instructor.

To prepare:

With the information presented in Chapter 1 of Ball et al. in mind, consider the following:

Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2019). Seidel’s guide to physical examination: An interprofessional approach (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

  • How would your communication and interview techniques for building a health history differ with each patient?
  • How might you target your questions for building a health history based on the patient’s social determinants of health?
  • What risk assessment instruments would be appropriate to use with each patient, or what questions would you ask each patient to assess his or her health risks?
  • Identify any potential health-related risk based upon the patient’s age, gender, ethnicity, or environmental setting that should be taken into consideration.
  • Select one of the risk assessment instruments presented in Chapter 1 or Chapter 5 of the Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination text, or another tool with which you are familiar, related to your selected patient.
  • Develop at least five targeted questions you would ask your selected patient to assess his or her health risks and begin building a health history.


Patient Assigned:

  • 55-year-old Asian female living in a high-density public housing complex
  1. Post a summary of the interview and a description of the communication techniques you would use with your assigned patient.
  2. Explain why you would use these techniques.
  3. Identify the risk assessment instrument you selected and justify why it would be applicable to the selected patient.
  4. Provide at least five targeted questions you would ask the patient.
  5. Use at least 3 references.
  6. Review the Grading Rubric

The Doctor of Nurses (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are the highest attainable degrees for nurses to reach (AACN, 2019). Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, commonly known as a PhD in Nursing, is a research-focused doctorate in which students conduct research to advance the science and practice of nursing (Rosseter, 2020). A person holding a PhD could seek employment as a university professor, researcher, or scientist in many fields (Rosseter, 2020). The DNP degree was created to prepare APRNs (i.e., clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners [NPs], nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists) for leadership in clinical practice (McCauley, 2020) . The DNP is the highest level of education for the nursing field. As a doctor of nursing practice, improving the quality of patient care and enhance the training of nursing professionals is important (McCauley, 2020). You’ll also be able to translate research findings into clinical settings, implement healthcare information technology across healthcare settings, and much more (McCauley, 2020). There is a dual degree the PhD-DNP that is not very popular now. National nursing leaders are in the process of developing metrics and collecting data that will support funding for the dual degrees (Loescher et al., 2021). Another interesting fact is that once you earn your DNP, you can have a shorter path toward earning your PhD in Nursing, should you choose to do so (AACN, 2019).

The DNP is the tract I would choose, I enjoy reading article research to obtain a wider knowledge base, but actual research work does not interest me. I am going to able to seek positions that interest me with a BSN. Later, after the transitions are completed and the scope of practice has been decided on for the Advance degrees, I may pursue a higher level of education.

Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years.

 Discuss the difference between a DNP and a PhD in nursing. Discuss which of these you would choose to pursue if you decide to continue your education to the doctoral level and explain why