Doctor of Nursing Practice Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree provides the terminal practice degree, which is the recommended entry level for the advanced practice nurse by the year 2015.  “Advanced Practice” is the term applied to those nurses certified and practicing in the scope of the nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist roles.  These roles allow nurses to provide advanced levels of nursing care to individuals, families, and populations.  The intention of the DNP degree is to provide the additional knowledge and competencies to equip advanced practice, generalist, and executive nurses to affect health outcomes, consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN, 2007) specifications for practice doctoral programs in nursing.

DNP Program Learning Outcomes

The DNP Program provides a quality, practice-based education for masters-prepared nurses who will influence and manage the challenges of the delivery of health care for individuals, families and populations within the tenets and beliefs of Christian humanism. 

At the successful completion of the DNP Program students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Integrate Christian humanism in advanced nursing practice that values and facilitates full human development

  • Initiate resolutions to ethical dilemmas arising from system or organizational conflict

  • Analyze new knowledge and evidence-based practice to deliver high quality health care, initiate policy change, and improve health care delivery practices

  • Demonstrate advancement of clinical practice that contributes to quality, safety, and improved health outcomes

  • Apply advanced concepts of leadership and advocacy to influence policy, health systems, and consumerism in order to effect population health service improvement

  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation to meet the health needs of individuals and aggregates

  • Synthesize seminal theoretical, ethical, and legal concepts into health care delivery practices

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application and evaluation of information technologies to meet the complex demands of health care

  • Integrate cultural sensitivity through an awareness of global health concerns to decrease health disparities

  • Design comprehensive care for complex patients across the lifespan utilizing innovative, evidence-based methods

  • Exemplify qualities required to assume leadership positions within the health care system, political arena, academic centers, and professional organizations

These abilities will prepare students for future endeavors and provides them the knowledge to:

  1. Exemplify Christian humanism through valuing and facilitating full human development via partnerships with individuals and aggregates.
  2. Integrate theory and science to support ethically and legally sound practice decisions.
  3. Engage in scholarly activities through the evaluation, integration and dissemination of scientific evidence to support clinical practice.
  4. Synthesize strategies to promote improvement in quality outcomes in healthcare organizations, education, and clinical systems.
  5. Assume leadership positions within the health care system, political arena, academic centers, and professional organizations.
  6. Influence individual and population health outcomes through interdisciplinary collaboration.
  7. Formulate health policy related to practice to influence health care delivery and health outcomes.
  8. Evaluate the design, selection and implementation of information technology to support and improve health outcomes.
  9. Evaluate strategies for planning and delivering population-based care within the context of the cultural dimensions of health.
  10. Lead initiatives aimed toward improvement of health outcomes using advanced communication skills.

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