DNP Program Outcomes

Graduates of the DNP program will:

1. Organize practice utilizing theoretical and scientific underpinnings.

a.  Integrate nursing science with multiple disciplines to positively influencing health status of individuals, groups, and populations.

b.  Utilize a scientific and theoretical based approach to examine healthcare delivery systems for individuals, groups, and populations.

c.  Examine care from a holistic perspective.

2.  Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership aimed at quality improvement and systems thinking.

a.  Evaluate healthcare delivery systems effectiveness in minimizing health disparities and promoting excellence in practice.

b.  Display political skills, systems thinking, and business insight in the development of programs to meeting current and future needs of patient populations.

c.  Examine strategies for addressing legal and ethical dilemmas influencing patient care, health systems and healthcare delivery.

3.  Integrate clinical scholarship and analytical methods in the dissemination of evidence-based practice.

a.  Demonstrate competence in knowledge application, translation of research in practice, evaluation of practice and dissemination of evidence-based practice findings.

b.  Design, direct and evaluate quality improvement methodologies to promote patient-centered care that is safe, timely and effective.

c.  Utilize information technology and research methods to identify gaps in practice, collect and analyze existing data and design and evaluate evidence-based interventions aimed at promoting quality outcomes.

4.  Evaluate information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of healthcare.

a.  Analyze programs that evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, care systems and quality improvement initiatives.

b.  Apply ethical, legal and regulatory standards and principles in evaluating health information and electronic medical record systems.

5.  Appraise healthcare policy in relation to advocacy in healthcare.

a.  Design and implement healthcare policies to positively influence healthcare practice.

b.  Examine healthcare policy from the perspective of the consumer, nurse and other stakeholders.

c.  Engage politically competent actions that promote social justice and equity in healthcare.

6.  Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes

a.  Demonstrate leadership skills to advance interprofessional collaboration.

b.  Display effective communication skills in the development of practice models that improve patient and population health outcomes.

7.  Apply the principles of clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health.

a.  Analyze appropriate scientific data in the development and implementation of clinical prevention and population health.

b.  Evaluate healthcare delivery models and population based programs that addressed health promotion/disease prevention, health status patterns and gaps in care.

8.  Advance nursing practice at the community level.

a.  Demonstrate preparation for advanced nursing practice in an area of specialization within the larger domain of nursing.

b.  Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability in delivering evidence based care to a select population.

c.  Sustain therapeutic relationships and partnerships with patients, populations and other professionals to deliver optimal care that promotes quality patient outcomes.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006). Essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice.  Washington DC: American Association of Colleges of Nursing.