Creating an Infrastructure to Advance Nursing Practice and Care for Veterans


The purpose of this article is to explore the contributions of nurses who are doctorally prepared via either the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and focus on some of the issues for clinical and research doctorates in nursing, within the context of veteran care.


The infrastructure in healthcare to advance nursing practice and Veteran care includes doctorally prepared nurses: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Including doctorally prepared nurses in clinical nursing departments is a focus for nurse executives as they strive to reach the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing goal. This goal directs nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training to meet increasingly complex patient care needs. With the surge in returning Veterans, expanding the number of doctorally prepared nurses is a priority for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) as well as for non-VA healthcare providers responding to the Joining Forces Campaign. The authors sought to understand how VA, non-VA PhD and DNP nurses on different career trajectories respond to this challenge.

Full Reference

Creating an Infrastructure to Advance Nursing Practice and Care for Veterans. Cowan, Linda et al. Nurse Leader, Volume 11, Issue 5, 33 - 36.