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Leadership & Professional Development

The Research Doctorate in Nursing: The PhD

David Rice
ONF 2016, 43(2), 146-148 DOI: 10.1188/16.ONF.146-148

When nurses are considering an advanced degree beyond the master’s level of educational preparation, a number of considerations may direct the decision-making process. The doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in nursing is a research degree that will well serve nurses who have the desire to apply theory and develop formal programs of research, become faculty of nursing, combine clinical practice with formal research, and advance through professional leadership in the ranks of hospitals and health systems organizations.

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