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Medical News & Perspectives
November 18, 2009

Doctoral-Level Programs Prepare Nurses for Expanded Roles in Care and Research

JAMA. 2009;302(19):2075-2078. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1631

For Kara Ventura, completing the doctor of nursing practice degree at Columbia University seemed the natural next step in her career. As an RN, MS-PNP, she was already caring for pediatric patients with liver and intestinal diseases as part of a multidisciplinary team at the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The training she received in the DrNP program prepared her to take on greater authority over her patients' care, whether they were in the outpatient clinic, the emergency department, or a hospital bed.