DNP Online

I happened to see this big ad on Facebook and it made me very curious.  It was for an online degree to get become Doctor of Nursing Practice.  Really?  Online?  Enough said.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  6 comments for “DNP Online

  1. David Devonis
    October 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Doctors, eh? Check their theses.

  2. Vance
    October 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    WALDEN UNIVERSITY. A higher degree. I higher Purpose. A higher number of misdiagnosed dead patients.

  3. regnad kcin RN BSN BAMF LS/MFT
    October 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I really can get behind this initiative. Yep, this joins a lengthy list of great ideas, such as Maggot (er, um, MAGNET) Hospitals, BSN as entry into practice, and numerous other schemes to limit the number (No! Wait! I mean, Improve the Quality Of Nursing Professionals (c)! Yeah! That’s it!) and otherwise bid up nursing pay through economics of scarcity. Cuz, ya know, there are simply too many RNs out there, now, that the scrub suited beggars, with their “Will Nurse For Food!” signs, are becoming a distraction. Really. Those red state poltroons already get enough healthcare, that’s why there no rural underserved…no, wait, that’s not right….hmmmm.

  4. F Watters
    October 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Here’s some interesting reading. “The Case Against the DNP: History, Timing, Substance, and Marginalization,” by Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (hon), FAAN & Kathleen Dracup, FNP, DNSc, FAAN from the University of Pennsylvania.
    The Abstract:
    “Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or not? The answer is not! Within the historical context of our discipline, a doctorate degree should stand for advancing and translating knowledge. Clinical practice is the core of this knowledge. Separating the practice and research missions could undermine our ability to be equal partners in universities, as well as diminish our effectiveness in establishing the evidence for quality and safe healthcare.”
    Now this paper does not address issues of advance practice nurses in primary care or similar ongoing turf battles; but it does offer this observation. “…the refocus on our internal development with the
    DNP debate has diverted the dialogue back, to what appears to many outside the profession, to be the selfserving interests of nurses searching for parity among the health professions.”
    In their struggle for legitimacy, the nursing profession is stepping on the toes of co-workers, confusing patients, and potentially destroying the future cadre of nursing leaders and professors needed to train the next generation of RNs.

  5. Pat
    October 1, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Reminds me of the sites where one can go (no kidding) to get an online martial arts black belt – just about as useful.

  6. September 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Interesting. I went to the Walden site to try to find out where they were located, and found their location only with great difficulty (Minneapolis, MN). I did, however, easily find their long list of WORLDWIDE toll free numbers.

    Our clinic in Harvey, ND, currently has an FNP intern who is getting her degree from a college in Wisconsin.

    And last but not least, the primary woman’s medical guru in Minot, ND, is a PhD PA.

    I may be becoming a bit repetitive here, but in rural areas, there is a clear attempt to replace MDs with FNPs. Who, according to the Walden website, will be pushed into becoming PhD NPs by the nursing licensing groups by 2016. Hmmm.

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