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

Molly Bradshaw O'Neal, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CP-C

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Wanda France, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


The proposed DNP Project explored the implementation of a COVID-19 telehealth policy to clarify evidence-based practice, promote use of safe medications, and reduce hospitalizations. Providers were recruited from a telehealth organization, educated on current guidelines, and given a pocket card for reference and re-enforcement of training. Data was collected to examine guideline utilization, confidence in treating COVID-19, and efficacy of pocket card. COVID-19 patients also received follow up calls to determine if hospitalization was required post treatment. Chart audits were then completed to review compliance with guidelines. The results indicated both objective and clinical improvement in provider confidence treating COVID-19. Implications for future practice include the ability to use the framework of the project to build other policies based on evidence-based practice. Ultimately, the project can further improve telehealth by disseminating the policy through journals, online training and social media.

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