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 2022

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Introduction of Enhanced Recovery After Cesarean Section (ERAC) Protocol, Kwame Adu-Affum

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Vasovagal Syncope During Venipuncture:Alleviating Symptoms Through Leg Muscle Tension and Moving Toes Sequentially, Velina Andrewski

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Pediatric Distraction Methods for the Perioperative Period, Jennifer L. Ashton and Katherine M. Rosner

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Improving Staff Education on Lung Cancer Screening at the Illinois Correctional Facilities for the Justice-Involved Individuals, Natalie Bethel and Jillian Youngquist

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Development of Evidence-Based Rubrics and Instructional Videos for Anesthesia Induction Sequences, James P. Canny and Nathan M. Carroll

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Exploring the Use of Telehealth in a School-Based Health Center, Kourtney Chapman, Mia Rhodes, and Jordan Smith

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Identifying Facilitators and Barriers for a Successful Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s Clinical Experience, James Clancy and Adam Bruinius

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Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Adult Cervical Spine Fusion Patients: A Quality Improvement Project, Ashley Darin-Messmer

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Critical Care Orientation Escape Room, Leah Deaton

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The Effectiveness of Using the Anatomage Table as a Learning Adjunct to Peripheral Nerve Blocks Among Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Paige Dickey, Melissa Gerlach, and Mary Zerlan

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Empowering Nurses to Recognize Post-Stroke Depression in the African American Community, Deidra Frisbie and Robin Simon

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Conducting a Root Cause Analysis to Improve Intake Processes and Record Review in Home Health, Christina Guerrero

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Implementation of PrEP Protocol in Primary Care, Myia Harper and Catalina West

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Implementation of Childhood Trauma Questionnaire in a Primary Care Setting, Michele Hartke

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Implementation of Routine Screening to Detect Early Cases of Depression and Anxiety in Hispanic Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting, LaToya Hayward

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The Development of an Evidenced-Based Guideline for the Anesthetic Management of Surgical Cases Utilizing Evoked Potential Monitoring, Brent Hitchens and Darrell Risinger

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Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care, Lori Hopwood and April Schmidt

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Physician Use of the RAPID3 to Guide Rheumatology Follow-Up: A Retrospective Examination, Karen Howard

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Establishing a Neonatal Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Team, Rebecca Hunt

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Controlling Hypertension: A Self Blood Pressure Monitoring Program plus Health Coaching compared to Health Coaching Alone, Jordan Joynt and Alex Watson

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Utilizing a Personal Health Coach in the Management of T2DM, Emily Killebrew, Matthew Huelsman, Verah Bonareri, and Terri Furfaro

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Implementation of Written Discharge Instructions for Common Diagnoses in the Urgent Care Setting, Melissa Kulp and Kristin Elmore

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Best Practice in the Perioperative Anesthetic Management of Infants with Gastroschisis, Emily R. Lester

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Increasing Obesity Education in an Underserved Latino Population, Morgan Lippert and Kelsey Beard

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Implementation of PHQ-2 Screening Tool in a Telemedicine Based Setting, Joanna Luong

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Improving Healthcare Team Communication with Limited English Proficiency Families in the NICU, Ivonne Mandell

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Increasing HPV Vaccination in Adolescents, Emily Martin and Emily Hartmann

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Improving no show rates in a GI Endoscopy outpatient lab, Mark McAteer

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Creating a guideline for STI testing in the pediatric population, Alexandria Molaro, Alexandra Evans, and Alex Niebrugge

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Implementation of Routine Screening with Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9) of Adults with Crohn’s Disease, Jo A. Muller-Krause

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Computer-Based Learning Module: Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity, Nhan Nguyen

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Dexmedetomidine as an Adjunct Therapy to Neuraxial Anesthesia in Labor and Delivery, Anthony Nungesser

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Anticipatory Guidance for Parents/Caregivers of Pediatric Patients Ages 0-12 Months, Cody Palmer and Anna Hagnauer

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Assessment of Caregiver Burden in a Memory Loss Clinic, Andrea Perkins

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The Implementation of a Mental Health Screening Protocol in an Occupational Health Setting, Chandra A. Pierson-Rye

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Neuraxial Anesthesia for Total Joint Arthroplasty, Katherine Pozzo

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Implementation of Depression Screening in a Nursing Home, TITILAYO RAJI

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Difficult Labor Epidural: Intrathecal Catheter Management, Andrew Screnchuk

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The Use of Point of Care Ultrasound to Assess Gastric Contents and Determine Aspiration Risk in the Obese Patient Presenting for Elective Surgery, Harry Senaldi and Mary Zerlan

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Retention of New Nurses in the Cardiovascular Operating Room, Hannah Shufeldt

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Development of a Protocol to Manage Postdural Puncture Headache, Ashley M. Shulman and Lynexis P. McVey

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Reducing Errors Through Implementation of Standardized Electronic Order sets in the Intensive Care setting, Mary Slusser

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Improving Depression Surveillance at the We Care Clinic, Kaitlin Springer and Emma Hanney

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Perioperative Tube Feeding Guidelines for the Pediatric Burn Patient, Jordan Swanberg

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Establishing Guidelines to Promote Best Practice for Common Ailments in School-Based Health Clinics, Kaitlin Sweeney and Rachael Schaefer

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Intrathecal and Epidural Dexmedetomidine for Obstetric Patients, Sarah Tobias and Addison Hohner

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Implementation of a Tele-Triage Protocol in an Emergency Department Setting, Megan Tuetken, Sierra Hamlin, and Sydney Spaulding

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Peer Support Specialist Incorporation into Collaborative Patient Centered Care, Jamie L. Wagner and Mathew Blount

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Assessing Provider Confidence of Acute Otitis Media Diagnosis and Treatment with an Optical Coherence Tomography Device in the Urgent Care Setting, Meghan Weber and Susan Wolf

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Establishing Care with a Primary Care Provider, Ashley Whitlatch

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Community Health Worker Intervention to Improve HbA1c in Adult Diabetic Patients, Megan Wojtko

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Development and Evaluation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols for General Abdominal and Orthopedic Surgery with Focus on Preoperative Hydration and Multimodal Management in Preoperative and Postoperative Phases, Kristin Wolff and Sadie Spilker

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Hypertension Management in Primary Care Using Target:BP; Meeting Patient Goals and Quality Measures, Hollie Yoder

DNP Projects from 2021

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Interventional Techniques for Chronic Low Back Pain and Migraine Headaches: Development of Educational Pamphlets​, Muhidin Abukar and Mathew Schilling

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Implementation of a Standardized Care Pathway for Ureteral Stents Patients Across the Continuum of the Acute and Ambulatory Setting: A Quality Improvement Project, Ibukunoluwa Afolabi

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Standardizing Evaluation Methods for Simulation, Jessica Antisdel and Leslie Artinger

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Implementing a Validated Developmental Screening Tool in a Rural Pediatric Primary Care Clinic to Enhance Early Diagnosis of Developmental Delays from Birth to 36 Months, Melissa A. Armstead

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Improving Depression Awareness and Screening in a Community College, Shelly Baldwin

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Improving Skin Cancer Screening in Primary Care, Jaclyn Barnhouse and Rebecca Baietto

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Increasing Patient Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs for Opioid Use Disorder, Matthew J. Bednarchik

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Development of a Heparin Dosing Guideline for Vascular Surgery, Brittany Bertoni and Anna Holdener

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Addressing Referral Discrepancies for Hyperglycemia Diagnosis Codes, Brooke Buffington, Aubrey Parnell, and Abigail Brohammer

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Integration of the SVS WIfI Classification System for Ulcer Staging and Management in an Amputation Prevention Program, Allison Campos

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Development and Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol for Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Nicholas Collier

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Implementation of A Mental Health Screening in a Gastroenterology Office, Kayla Craig

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Introduction of Strong for Surgery Pre-surgical Checklist for Elective Procedures​, Dylan DeFauw

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The Impact of a Cultural Competence Assessment Tool on Teaching Strategies in the DNP Curriculum at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, Katarina Dobrosavljevic

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Voyage: A Passage Through Orientation, Patricia Eppel

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Developing an Educational Pamphlet for Patients Undergoing Interscalene Blocks with Liposomal Bupivacaine Exparel, Steve Fankam

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Developing a Peer Mentoring Program for SRNAs, Morgan E. Fitterer and Miranda Portwine

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Compassion Fatigue and Burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gabrielle Giamanco and Tyler Tanzyus

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Increasing Low-Dose CT Screening in Primary Care, Bethany Huelskoetter

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Increasing Compliance and Patient Outcomes In Hypertensive Patients Using the Hill- Bone High Blood Pressure Compliance Scale, Lauren Huff, Allyson Barbee, and Julie Milton

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Care of the Healthcare Provider, Kari Hullinger and Emily Moscardelli

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Short Term Medical Mission Antibiotic Protocol, Greg Jennings

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The misuse of convenient care and importance of establishing a primary care provider, Bailey M. Johnston and Amanda LT Hawkins

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Improving Patient Outcomes by Preventing Airway Injuries Associated with Video Laryngoscopes, Alexis Jones and Kay Williamson

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Presurgical Optimization Videos for Patients Undergoing Elective Spine Surgery, Megan Knetzer

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Inpatient Observation Safety Assistant Practices, Jennifer Knight

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ERAS Protocol for Lower Extremity Orthopedic Procedures, Tyler McDonald and Joshua Vaughn

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Media Use Management with Toddlers and Preschoolers: Introducing Screen Time Recommendations in Pediatric Primary Care, Kaitlyn McGough

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Culturally appropriate health education: Translation of a parturient pain relief options pamphlet into French and Spanish, Francis Minor and Austin Cook

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Continuing Education Preferences Amongst CRNAs, Jamie Nichting

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Development of a Protocol for Perioperative Management of the Breastfeeding Mother, Kayla Nyseth and Kelsey Park

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Discharge Process Optimization, Erin M. O’Neal

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Physical Well-being and Healthy Lifestyle Options, Michael Perkins

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Implementing an Evidence-Based Multifactorial, Multidisciplinary Fall Prevention Program in a Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to Reduce Fall Rates among Patients, Tincy Poovathur

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IDENTIFYING BARRIERS TO KEEPING APPOINTMENTS IN MENTAL HEALTH, Shontel Ray

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Lung-Protective Ventilation Across the Lifespan: Implementation of an Intraoperative Protocol for Adults and Pediatrics, Megan Reynolds and Rachel Riddle

Improving Management of Mineral Bone Disease in Dialysis Patients with End Stage Renal Disease, Kara K Roth and Melanie Johnson

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Virtual Cadaver Dissection Prior to Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthesia, Hannah Ruholl and Kyle Smith

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Mental Health Resources for the Pediatric and Adolescent Populations in the Rural Setting, Devon Shafer, Kyle Aldridge, and Amy Lilly

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Evaluation of High Fidelity Simulation Debriefing Methods for Nurse Anesthesia Students, Zachary Standefer and Alex Davie

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Mindfulness and Meditation to Reduce Test and Evaluation Anxiety in Doctoral Nurse Anesthesia Students, Jenna L. Tebbenkamp

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Implementation of a Risk Assessment Tool to Increase Screening for Extragenital Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Men Who Have Sex with Men, Andrew P. Tharp

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Evaluating Unexpected Outcomes with a Change in Practice, Justin Trexler

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Opioid Screening in the Primary Care Setting, Melissa Welge and Shelby Jones

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Pediatric Concussion Clinic: A Needs Assessment, Carrie West

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Diabetic Education in an Uninsured Patient Population, Amanda Whistler

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Improving Access to Reproductive Life Planning Following Implementation of One Key Question® in Practice, Ashley Wittler