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 2019

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Integration of Mental Heath Screening Protocol in Primary Care for Patients Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events, Karra N. Adams

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Implementing Routine HIV Testing and Prevention in a Primary Care Setting, Michelle Bassett

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Enhancing IANA Member Communication & Engagement, Bart Bowers

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Improving Allergy Immunotherapy Adherence, Amy Branham

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The Implementation of a Behavioral Intervention Program in Obese Elderly Patients, Zandra Brown

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Managing Chronic Back Pain in a Rural Primary Care Setting, Cassandra Chambers and Kaitlin E. Behnken

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Utilizing Team-Based Care to Improve Rural Cardiovascular Care, Amanda Clouser, Kastin Engeling, and Kris Rhodes

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Ethical Considerations in Short Term Global Health Experiences, Sheri Compton-McBride

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Introducing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Colorectal Procedures: Development of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol, Vincent Compton

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Improving Acute Pain Management: Development of an Adult Dexmedetomidine Infusion Protocol, Timothy Denney

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Implementation of a Medication Near-Miss Reporting System, Jamie Deubel

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Depression Screening in the Primary Care Setting, Colleen Dostal and Stephanie Boerding

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Development of a Guideline to Reduce Spinal Induced Hypotension and Related Nausea and Vomiting In Patients Undergoing Scheduled Cesarean Section, Peter Gillen

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Increasing Utilization and Awareness of an Existing Patient Portal Application, Amanda Graham and Jessica L. Schnebly

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Implementing an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol in a Critical Access Hospital, Joseph Grazaitis

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Implementation of Emergency Severity Index Training to Improve Accuracy of Triage Levels, Erinn Hileman and Douglas McKain

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Using an Electronic Health Record Alert System to Screen and Manage patients with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 in a Rural Primary Care Setting, Simon Katumu

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Implementation of a High-Fidelity Simulation Day for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists: Program Development and Evaluation Project, Abby Klaus and Carly Rambo

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Improving Acute Pain Management for Pediatric Patients: Development of a Ketamine Infusion Protocol, Oksana Koeppen

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Hepatitis C Virus Screening and Treatment, Dani Loftus, Emily Machens, and Crista Jamous

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Transition of Care from Pediatrics to Adult Health Care, Heather Mahsman and Holly J. Henderson

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Clinical Guideline Based Interventions to Increase Smoking Cessation Success in Primary Care, Chloe Marth

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Heart Failure Knowledge among CNAs in a Skilled Nursing Facility: A Pilot Project, Amanda McDannald

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Development and Evaluation of a Malignant Hyperthermia Computer Based Learning Project, Andrew Miller

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Hand-off Tool Implementation in Post-Anesthesia Care, Benjamin Nash

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Adequate Pain Control with Ofirmev to Minimize Narcotics Consumption and its Side Effects, GIDEON NKRUMAH

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Supraclavicular Blocks for the Treatment of Distal Injuries in the Upper Extremity in the Emergency Department, Patrick O'Brien

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Treating Acute Bronchitis in Primary Care, Haylie Patterson and Stacy Wieland

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Improving Patient Education on Spinal Anesthesia: An Assessment of a Patient Educational Program, Nicholas Raburn

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Transitioning Pediatric Patients with Special Needs, Dimi Resch

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Labor Management Protocol for Parturients on Buprenorphine, Erik Sanders

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Unraveling Sex Trafficking through Screening and Referrals, Rebecca Sarabia

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Improving Perioperative Warming of Surgical Patients: Implementation of a Warming Protocol, Maghy Schrage

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Update of blood transfusion protocols at a regional hospital in rural Illinois, Kendra Tracy

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Popliteal Blocks for the Treatment of Distal Injuries in the Lower Extremity in the Emergency Department, Jacob Turner

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Improving Perioperative Pain Management: Development of an Adult Lidocaine Infusion Protocol, Kelsey Wallace

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Improving Emergence and Awaken Time in the Obese Population: Development of a Desflurane Protocol in the Obese Population, Nikki Watson

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Improving Acute Postoperative Pain Management for the Pediatric Patient: Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Dexmedetomidine, Jenna Winters

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Assessing Palliative Care Needs in Residents with Alzheimer's, Emily Yarnell

DNP Projects from 2018

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Transitioning with Grace: Improving Quality of Life for Comfort Care Patients in the Intensive Care Unit, Melissa Ashley

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Strong Recommendation Towards HPV Vaccination, Danielle Bogue

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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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Overcoming Barriers for the Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice through Journal Clubs, Regina 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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Implementation of High Blood Pressure Guidelines in Clinical Practice, Jessica Walker

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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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