Ep 237: To DNP or Not To DNP


Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

Many CRNAs are returning to school to earn their Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice but is it worth it to spend the time and money to earn another degree? You can find plenty of information and discussion about DNP project topics and people that have earned their DNP, but it’s not as easy to find a thorough explanation of how to go through that process and the actual value it provides. Devin Miller, CRNA, DNP joins the show today to get into the details of a DNP and tell us why he feels it can empower nurses after completing the program.

Devin wanted to be a part of the show to fill this void that he identified. The goal for this conversation is to share his DNP project to help provide an example for anyone considering the idea of getting their DMP but isn’t sure what that process looks like from start to finish. Many people look at the time and money it takes to finish the program, but Devin feels like that’s a short-sighted approach when you truly understand the long-term value attached to someone with a DNP.

If you’re on the fence and wondering whether you should take that leap, we hope this episode will give you a better understanding of the program and everything that goes into it.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • Background on the topic today and why Devin wanted to share more on getting your DNP. [3:59]
  • Details on Devin’s DNP project. [8:56]
  • What’s the point of going back to get your DNP? [17:23]
  • Do you have to aspire to work in teaching at some point? [26:54]
  • How to find your DNP project. [32:00]
  • Don’t let yourself resist empowerment as a nurse. [48:29]

Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.


It’s not going to, immediately at least, get you more money, although what the doctorate prepared people would say is they have research and evidence from their projects that show their value extends beyond the operating room and that’s the origin of why they should make more money.

Devin Miller, CRNA, DNP






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