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I agree with Mary's article: Highest nursing degree, then licensure title (RN or NP Licence not both), followed by certification(s). I also hold a 2nd graduate degree outside of Nursing so I include this after my highest nursing degree: MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE. When I earn my DNP I will drop the MSN and add the DNP.
I personally believe lots of nurses are starting to know what the DNP is as there is much in the nursing literatire about it.
Excellent point as we all move forward and try NOT to confuse the consumer. It was my understanding that the highest degree is the one cited after your name. I am in a DNP program so my highest degree is my Masters in Nursing (Pitt's Masters degree). Afterwards, we are to indicate our advanced practice which used to be APRN but is now for me PMHCNS-BC, ie Psychiatric-Mental health Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified. There is yet another designation which will hopefully be in place after the consensus model is implemented, but I haven't heard that APRN's are using it yet.
It is a very important issue and speaks to our identity and the way in which we wish the public to know us.