Fundamental to planning, implementing, and sustaining a quality Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is access to the resources needed to foster a learning environment that prepares nurses for advanced practice and leadership in the future redesigned health care system. This creates formidable challenges for schools and colleges of nursing as they endeavor to address the nation’s need for an increased supply of advanced practice nurses to provide access to high-quality, cost-effective care for an aging population. This article describes the essential resources needed to support the delivery of a DNP program and the proposed strategies needed to address the resource challenges. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(8):449–452.]
Dr. Frantz is Kelting Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
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Received: February 04, 2013
Accepted: May 28, 2013
Posted Online: July 18, 2013