DNP Project

Doctoral education, whether research- or practice-based, culminates in a final project intended to demonstrate students’ synthesis of course material, research, and clinical learning.

Students in a practice-based Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program complete a final, research-based deliverable designed to demonstrate mastery of an advanced nursing practice specialty by improving practice or patient outcomes.

As the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) elaborates in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, the final product of a DNP program can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Practice portfolios, including documentation of outcomes, scholarship, and the final practice synthesis
  • A practice change initiative, such as a pilot study, program evaluation, quality improvement project, evaluation of a new practice model, consulting project, or integrated critical literature review
  • Manuscripts submitted for publication
  • A systematic review
  • A research utilization project
  • A practice topic dissemination
  • Substantive involvement in a larger practice endeavor

As a student in the online Post-MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with Nursing@Simmons, you will develop your DNP project over the course of three terms in the DNP Project Seminar.

Reviewed and evaluated by an academic committee, the DNP project measures your development as a skillful leader in the nursing field. As you develop your project, your learnings can be directly applied to your clinical work. Your project will help lay the groundwork for your future practice and scholarship.

Simmons alumni have completed the following projects:

  • Experience of Adults with the Aftermath of Staged Surgical Procedures for Malignant Tumors of the Spine and Pelvis
  • What Is the Effect of Provider Education on the Treatment and Management of Acute Low Back Pain and Individual Performance Feedback on Adherence to Clinical Guidelines
  • Survivorship Care Plans: Exploring Lymphoma Patients
  • Perceptions of Clinical Nurses About Professional Development
  • Outpatient Diuretic Therapy for Patients With Congestive Heart Failure
  • Nurse Leaders: Levels of Resilience
  • Problem-Solving Styles of Nurse Managers
  • Adherence to a Fall Prevention Program in an Academic Medical Center
  • Improving Exercise in a Rural New England Free Clinic
  • A QI Project Level of Knowledge of Emergency Room Nurses About Standards for Disaster Care
  • Harrington Mantoring Program for Role Development of Novice Practitioners in Adult Primary Care
  • Program Evaluation of a Nurse-Managed Anticoagulation Clinic Protocol

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