Happy Doc Student Podcast

Tips for Succeeding in a DNP Program with William Hall, MSN

March 16, 2022 Heather Frederick, PhD Episode 70
Happy Doc Student Podcast
Tips for Succeeding in a DNP Program with William Hall, MSN
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Show Notes

On this episode, I welcome William Hall, a nursing educator and doctoral candidate pursuing a DNP at Aspen University.

A DNP is an applied terminal degree in nursing (versus a PhD in nursing).  

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” John Maxwell


1.     Decide what is important to you: Cost, accreditation, success rates, support.

2.     Request information and confirm the program you are considering is a logical step on your career path.

3.     This is a huge decision: Dive deep and speak to people in the programs you are considering (social media is great for this – especially LinkedIn).

4.     Be prepared for the noticeable shift from course work to your doctoral capstone (dissertation or doctoral project). See episode #9 below .

5.     Dissertations/Projects can be derailed by things outside your control– this is why a good relationship with your Chair is critical. 

6.     Resiliency is an important trait (and so is grit!).

7.     Take a good look at your support system – it is so important.

8.     Do your homework and make sure you are choosing the right program. 

9.     Use a calendar to keep feelings of overwhelm under control – block time for all the things that are important to you. 

10.  Embrace your growth – you will grow during a doctoral program!

Episode# 9 The Dissertation Shift with Dr. Todd Fiore:https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/7242724

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