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The DNP Program prepares the graduate to achieve the following program outcomes:
The outcome of pursuing a DNP is to translate evidence into improved practice through initiatives, such as healthcare quality improvement projects, engagement in policy that impacts healthcare, practice innovations and advanced nursing leadership. Along with the use of evidence-based methods, consideration is given to quality, safety outcomes, cost-effectiveness, as well as financial impact, feasibility and sustainability. DNP project findings contribute to the profession by solving problems and providing direction for practice and leadership, which inform, focus, and guide future practice.
Therefore, the purpose of the DNP Project is to develop and design an evidence-based project that focuses on improvement, enhancement, or advancement of practice management, organizational systems, or leadership through a quality improvement perspective. While each course in the curriculum provides content to assist in the broader understanding of advanced nursing practice, as expressed as strategic organizational leadership; the development, design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of findings will be accomplished during the following courses:
The ATSU Nursing Program coursework, student professional experience, and DNP Project expectations and guidelines provide the framework to develop the DNP Project. The framework and learning expectations of the DNP Project and DNP courses are aligned with the DNP program outcomes, DNP curricular concepts, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) and the mission, vision and values of A.T. Still University.
Completing the DNP project is a rigorous and iterative process. The steps involved are to identify a relevant and focused issue through effective gap analysis, conduct a literature search to illustrate evidence-based gaps in practice, develop a project to address the issue and finally evaluate the outcome of the project. The process includes the development of a significant problem statement based upon evidence; the review of applicable literature and evidence; the design of a quality improvement, policy development, or practice innovation project, including data collection with student interpretation of the project’s results; and dissemination of the findings. The DNP Project is not a research project, but instead is application and translation of new science through innovation of a practice change, development of policy, or implementation of a quality improvement project, occurring within a healthcare setting. While the DNP Project generates evaluative data, which may be transferred to like contexts, it is not widely generalizable as compared to original research (AACN, 2015).
“The Final DNP Project provides an opportunity for the student to integrate their new skills into practice and to demonstrate many of the principles of nursing scholarship and the competencies delineated in the DNP Essentials. The integration of these new or refined skills improves outcomes through organizational/systems leadership, quality improvement processes, and the translation of evidence into practice. All DNP Projects should:
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Last updated: 9.23.19