Contrary to the notion that the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree would confuse patients and the public, I believe that such a degree could and should provide much-needed clarity around independent practice issues such as prescribing, ordering tests, and completing forms (“Doctor of Nursing Practice—MRI or Total Body Scan?” July 2005: 278–281).

I have been in clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner (NP) for 8 years following 12 years as an RN in the hospital. I have developed a vigorous and challenging practice that involves independent management of many complex patients. I manage chronic pain conditions and have my Drug Enforcement Administration number and Schedule II authority. In addition, I have a Medicare unique physician identification number and can bill for services under my license. I am the hepatitis C clinician champion and receive referrals from NPs,...

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