Building on their specialty practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates design new models of care; use evidence to improve practice; evaluate outcomes; identify and manage the health care needs of individuals, communities, and populations; and use technology and information systems to improve health outcomes.

Guided by faculty mentors, DNP candidates enrich and deepen their specialty practice by engaging in transformative educational activities. Through experiential learning, self-assessment and reflection, community engagement, interprofessional relationships, and scientific inquiry, nurses emerge as leaders, transforming their practice and health care in self-identified areas of concern and influence.

The program culminates in a doctoral project that reflects a synthesis of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the candidate’s educational experience.

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DNP Projects from 2018

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Developing an Online Wellness Curriculum for Nurse Anesthesia Students, Gina Calvanese and Jamie Rynearson

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Diabetic Foot Screening Tool: Utility in a Busy Primary Care Setting, Crystal A. Cusanelli

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Improving Acute Postoperative Pain Management for Opioid-Tolerant Patients: Development of a Postoperative Ketamine Infusion Protocol, Jeri Dockins

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Effects of Transitional Care Management on Hospital Readmissions, Samantha Dunkirk

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Promoting Antibiotic Stewardship for UTI Management in Long Term Care Residents through Standardized Clinical Practice Guidelines., Juliana M. Enoakpa

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Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block for Post-Dural Puncture Headache Treatment, Wesley Gallagher

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Lung Protective Ventilation During General Anesthesia: A Staff Education Project, Carrie L. Hasenstab

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Patient Care Advocacy Through Electronic Communication, Jared T. Holton and Scott A. Kahre

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Training Plan for Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS), Omololu Kaffy Kafisanwo

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Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity Management: An Assessment of Simulation-Based Staff Education, Kevin L. Kanallakan

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Developing a Ketamine Infusion Protocol to Treat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Nikolas M. Kozul

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Promoting Empowerment and Innovation: A Technology Initiative, Theresa Marcotte

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Standardized Patient Handoff Tool, Matthew Marten

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Introduction of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Colorectal Surgical Patients: A Quality Improvement Project, Amanda R. McVey

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The Effectiveness of Implementing a Diabetic Checklist to Improve Patient Care Documentation, Evans Mutua and Edwilyn Colwell

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Fascia Iliaca Compartment Block Protocol for Hip Fracture, M. Ray Nordyke

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Improving Perioperative Management of Patients Experiencing Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity: An Assessment of a Staff Educational Program, Sarah O'Leary

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Staff Educational Program and Protocol, Aaron Michael Quach

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The Effect of Home Health Interventions on Hospital Readmission Rates in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure, Lindsay Reavis

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Enhanced Recovery After Orthopedic Surgery In Total Hips and Knees, Christine Rigg

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Protocol Development in the OR: Lessons Learned, Megan Sims

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The Implementation of a Health Blog at a Community College, Colin M. Solomon and Roxanne Strohbeck

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Sugammadex Protocol, Brenna M. Thomas

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Assessment of the Validity of Patient-Stated Allergies: De-labeling and Education, Tawny Thomas and Angelina Leitschuh

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Diabetes Education, Audra Trump

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A Retrospective Analysis of an Opiate Education and Naloxone Distribution Program, Ashley M. Tyler

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Effects of a Multi-Tiered Approach to Impact Immunization Compliance of Students Attending a Medium-Sized Public University, Emily Watson, Stephanie Muertz, and Kate Traum

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Postoperative Delirium Education, Aaron Wede

DNP Projects from 2017

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Example Doctor of Nursing Practice Project, Steven W. Pryor Test