Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Molly Bradshaw O'Neal

Department Affiliation


Second Advisor

Wanda France

Department Affiliation



It is imperative that new graduate PMHNPs successfully traverse the gap from student to prescriber of care to meet these needs. Currently, a transition to practice gap exists for PMHNPs who are often left alone to navigate the beginnings of their new career. Additionally, the transition has not been analyzed extensively in literature (Barnes, 2015). The purpose of this DNP project is to implement a transition to practice survival kit series. The proposed DNP project is a mixed methods design focused on program evaluation. The project will assess the effect of a 6-session transition to practice survival kit series on PMHNP self-efficacy, job satisfaction, and intent to stay. Anticipated findings from this project include improved PMHNP self-efficacy, increased job satisfaction, and a higher degree of intent to stay with their current employer. Improving the transition experience ultimately leads to more availability of providers to improve mental health outcomes.

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Nursing Commons