The "controversy" over doctor of nursing practice should be no controversy at all. The title Doctor is a generic title based on levels of education. I hold a PhD, which to the true meaning of the word is the highest research doctorate.
Doctor of nursing not controversial
My family has: one M.D., medical doctor; two D.D.S., Doctor of Dentistry; one PharmD, doctor of pharmaceutical; one doctor of physical therapy; a dear friend is a PsyD, the psychologists practice doctorate and a PhD in psychology, also a psychologist. Due to the explosion of knowledge research and evidence-based practice, it is impossible to grasp content at a top level without this added academic preparation.
All of the above people tell others they are a pharmacist, physical therapist, dentist, nurse or psychologist. To me, the problem is that an M.D. does not distinguish themselves with the title that is theirs alone, “physician.” If people other than M.D. were to use that title, that would be a problem and not the generic doctor title.
As an aside, I have seen no articles asking psychologists, dentists, podiatrists and others not to use the title. We all are entitled to use the title we earned.
Linda GehringTake Care Health Milwaukee
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