The primary focus of the post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is organizational leadership. The online curriculum is a practice-focused doctoral program to prepare nurse leaders in gaining an understanding of translating nursing knowledge to improve practice and health outcomes. Graduates are prepared to provide expert organizational or clinical leadership in facilitating and creating learning environments where evidence-based principles are implemented. In addition, you will become experts in designing, managing, implementing and evaluating health care outcomes, to serve as practice leaders within healthcare systems.

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Submissions from 2020

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Implementation of an Educational “Boot Camp” to Increase Nurses’ Confidence, Knowledge and Use of Evidence-based Practice in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Anita S. Dahl

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Simulation Based Learning to Increase Competency and Self-Confidence in Novice Nurses, Veronica Eubank

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Preparing for Obstetrical Emergencies in the Emergency Department, Tracy Littlehale

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A Diabetes Crash Course in a Primary Care Setting to Improve Diabetes Self-Care: A Pilot Project, Michelle L. Macdonald

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Using Simulation to Improve Skills, Confidence, and Satisfaction Related to Diabetes Education, Greshin M. Markwell

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An Organizational Readiness Assessment and Patient Survey for Adoption of an Opioid De-escalation Protocol in Curative Oncology Patients, Adria Myers

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Implementing FeNO Testing Protocol in a Pulmonary Clinic: A DNP Project, Herbert "Allen" Nolan

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Effectiveness of De-Escalation Training to Medical-Surgical Nurses, Tammy L. Sullivan

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The Impact of Nursing Staff Responsiveness on Patient Satisfaction: A Pilot Project, Lisa Wallace

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Minimizing Antipsychotic Medication Side Effects in Adults Diagnosed with Mental Illness through Psychoeducation: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sarah A. Yao

Submissions from 2019

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Colorectal Cancer Educational Program in a Community Senior Center, Cathy A. Catlett Dr.

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Mobile Video Monitoring to Reduce Falls and Sitter Usage, Jennifer L. Forman

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Increasing Medication Error Reporting to Improve Patient Safety, Dianna Madden

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Streamlining the Nursing Approach to Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Gail A. Reichert

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Cultural Competency Training in Primary Care: A Pilot Project for Improving Culturally Competent Care, Diane F. Riff

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Utilizing Simulation for Family Member Caregivers of NICU Infants: A Pilot Project, Brenda M. Seegmiller

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Improving Nurse-to-Nurse Handoff Communication at the Bedside through Simulation-Based, Lisa Thornsberry Mrs.

Submissions from 2018

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Designing a Nurse Residency Program for Cultural Fit: A Pilot Project, Melinda Blair

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Use of the Coleman Transition Model to Reduce COPD Readmissions, Sara Briggs

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Best Practices for Screening, Identification, and Referral of Female Collegiate Athletes with Disordered Eating, Brenda Caudill

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The Effect of Fall Prevention Education that Includes a Fall Safety Agreement on Fall Incident Rates, Rebecca Dotson

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Medication Error Reporting to Improve Patient Safety, Dianna Madden

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A Nurse Mentor Program in a Long Term ACUTE Care Hospital, Regina Masters

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Using an On-line Educational Module to Increase Nurses' Conviction and Confidence in the Use of the Teach-Back Method for Discharge Instructions, Allison S. Morrison

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Patient Deterioration Simulation Education and New Graduate Nurses' Self-Confidence and Competence, Heather B. Norris

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Implementing the Coordinated-Transitional Care Program to Reduce All Cause Readmissions, Tonya Page

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Care Coordination: Using a Nurse Navigator in an Endoscopy Unit, Judith L. Poe

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Implementing an Evidence Based Fall Prevention Program in a Long-Term Care Facility, Annie Schweikert

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The Effect of Ostomate-to-Ostomate Support on Psychosocial Adaptation to Stoma, Marjorie C. Summers

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A Process Improvement for Depression Screening and Management in a University Health Clinic, Margaret H. Zoellers

Submissions from 2017

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Development of a Leadership Program for Hospital Employees:, Diana Marie Beckman

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Perioperative Preceptor Education in an Agency Preceptor Workshop, Kimberly N. Crawford

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Geriatric Competency Training for Staff Providing Chronic Care Management Services, Brigette C. Holleran

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TeamSTEPPS Training and Vital Signs Chart to Improve Situational Monitoring for Clinical Deterioration, Rosemarie A. Patrick

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Internet-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for College Students with Symptoms of Depression, Sandra Robertson

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Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care to Improve Lifestyle Choices for School Age Children, Angela D. Wood

Submissions from 2016

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Simulation as Staff Development for Competency in Nursing Care of Patients with Chest Tubes, Jennifer Dent

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Community Acquired Pneumonia Project, Patricia Heaney

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Establishing a Nurse Mentor Program to Improve Nurse Satisfaction and Intent to Stay, Sara Jane Jones

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Stress Reduction Program in a Military Clinic, Hyun-Ju Kang

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Follow-up Telephone Contact following Discharge from Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals, Tonja Williams

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Bone Health Promotion for Youth: A Primary Care Intervention, Kay G. Wilson

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Implementation of Community-based Education to Promote Colorectal Cancer Knowledge and Screening Rates, Marsha Woodall

Submissions from 2015

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The Effect of a Facilitated Educational Program and Experiential Learning on Nursing Workplace Incivility, Nancy E. Armstrong

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Acceptability of Telepsychiatry in a Rural Kentucky Community Mental Health Clinic, Leslie Brauner

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The Nurse Manager's Leadership and Nurse Satisfaction, Deborah Bryant

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Simulation in Assisting Nurses to Better Recognize Early Signs of Clinical Deterioration of Patients, Loretta Elder

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Improving a Fall Prevention and Management Program in an Acute Care Setting, Ashlee D. Gallion

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Bordered Silver Foam Dressings for Colorectal Surgical Patients, Jessica Maynard

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Heart Improvement Toolkit Program: A Pilot Project, Cheryl L. Mitchell

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Implementation and Evaluation of a Team Simulation Training Program, Yvonne Rice

Submissions from 2014

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Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment for Adolescent Students in a Rural High School, Sharon A. Edwards

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Utilization of COPE in the College Population, Rachael Hovermale