Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Mary Clements

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Gina L. Purdue

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


Compliance with colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in Kentucky is low. This is substantiated by Kentucky having the highest rate of new CRC cases in the nation and being the fourth highest in CRC-related mortality. Kentucky’s colorectal screening rate in 2012 was 62.9%. The incidence rate for colorectal cancer in Kentucky is 49.2 per 100,000 which is the highest rate in the United States. Patient navigation has shown promise in increasing compliance with CRC screening and reducing health disparities. The adoption of a patient navigation model in an endoscopy unit can increase efficiency, reduce patient cancellations and same day no show rates, provide patient education, and increase patient, physician and staff satisfaction. The purpose of this paper is outline the process for creating a business plan which will provide evidence to support a nurse navigation model in an endoscopy unit.


I would to express my gratitude to my project committee advisor, Dr. Mary Clements and committee team member Dr. Gina Purdue. I want to extend a sincere thank you to the faculty of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. I could not have completed this journey without your guidance and mentorship. Sincere gratitude goes to the nursing leaders at UK Healthcare who allowed me to see how their leadership skills impact the nursing care given at University of Kentucky Healthcare. I cannot thank Dr. Kathy Isaacs enough, she agreed to be my preceptor and provided support during all phases of my project. Lastly, I want to thank my husband for always asking if I had any homework and my family for being my rock when I would get discouraged and encourage me to stay strong.

Poe_Clinical Log Form 5_2018.docx (39 kB)
Clincal Hours Log

Endoscopy Nurse Navigator.ppt (385 kB)
Business Plan Power Point

Final Business Plan_March_2018_ Poe.docx (66 kB)

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