To the Editors:

As a 2003 graduate of the Rush University School of Nursing DNP (doctor of nursing practice) program and a CCRN for more than 30 years, I was surprised and disappointed to see an American Journal of Critical Care editorial with such bias.

The editorial reads as if work toward the DNP has gone on behind closed doors without input from academia and/or practicing nurses. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Web site, “Over the past 2 years, AACN [colleges] and the Task Force on the Practice Doctorate held a variety of forums and invitational meetings to collect input on the DNP from stakeholders. Last year, AACN (colleges) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties jointly sponsored a forum attended by the majority of APN practice organizations. . . . Two DNP task...

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