“Speed Dating”: Bridging the Gap Between DNP and PhD Nurses With James Simmons and Cheryl Le Huquet

At this year’s Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress, James Simmons, DNP, AG/ACNP, Founder and CEO of Ask the NP, and Cheryl Le Huquet, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Project Manager for Hospital Operations at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) Health, presented their research about Bridging the Gap Between DNP and PhD Nurses in Practice.

In this interview, Dr. Simmons and Dr. Le Huquet discuss:

  • Training and roles of DNP and PhD nurses, including their differences and overlaps
  • The current landscape of collaboration between DNP- and PhD-prepared nurses
  • Challenges in education, employment, and funding that a lack of collaboration can lead to
  • Different approaches that have been taken to promote doctoral collaboration in nursing science
  • Practical steps that institutions can take to help promote doctoral collaboration
  • Next steps for this research
  • And more!

About Dr. Simmons and Dr. Le Huquet

James Simmons, DNP, AG/ACNP, is a Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and the Founder and CEO of Ask the NP, an online community for practitioners and patients alike to educate and empower themselves about health. Dr. Simmons is a passionate on-air medical and multi-media host and has been featured on a plethora of outlets including KTLA, NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, Yahoo!, Scripps News, The Young Turks, KROQ, Sirius XM, Loveline, DASH Radio, and more! He is most known for his voice and advocacy for LGBTQ+ and Black communities healthcare and was recently featured in Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul (Hive Certified)” video.

Cheryl Le Huquet, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is the Project Manager for Hospital Operations at UCLA Health. In her time at UCLA Health, Dr. Le Huquet has succeeded in leading projects that improve infrastructure-levels systems, which in-turn transformed the hospital and benefited patients. She is an active advocate and is passionate about continuing to improve healthcare for all.

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