Now is the time to influence change as the nation navigates healthcare policy and population health initiatives. Regional and national population-based healthcare reform starts in your community. Be the change agent to improve public health programs, develop new programs and coordinate care.
As a nurse with a terminal degree, at the height of your profession, you'll be uniquely qualified to translate your years of experience into transforming health policy at a systems level.
A nurse in the DNP - Public Health Policy program is an expert in evidence-based practice — serving as a teacher, mentor, consultant and researcher — who influences management and systems improvement to affect public health policy at all levels of government.
The DNP - Public Health Policy program requires a nurse to complete a minimum of 50 credit hours and 960 clinical practice hours. Credit hours can be obtained via synchronous and asynchronous online learning including one on-campus intensive weekend. Clinical practice requirements are completed in a preceptor experience.
A full-time student can graduate in 24 months; a part-time student can finish in three to four years.
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Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
Qualified candidates with completed applications will be invited to interview at their earliest convenience.
To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:
Prerequisites: Admission to DNP program.
Prerequisites: NRS 802, NRS 806, NRS 812, NRS 816, NRS 822, NRS 826, NRS 832, NRS 836
Prerequisites:SSC 730, SSC 734, NRS 742
Prerequisite OR Corequisite: SSC 730, or evidence of graduate-level statistics course
This course lays the framework for the advanced public health role with an emphasis on public health policy. This course explores conceptual models and frameworks to examine complex public health issues, systems, policies, and practice. Students evaluate community issues and integrate clinical health practices emphasizing a health promotion and prevention approach while addressing health disparities of vulnerable and diverse populations.
Prerequisites: NRS 880
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.
Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below.
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In preparation for advanced practice nursing roles, students are expected to demonstrate the ability to meet the demands of a professional nursing career. Certain functional abilities are essential for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care.
An applicant to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must meet the following technical standards and maintain satisfactory demonstration of these standards for progression throughout the program. Students unable to meet these technical standards will not be able to complete the program. Students shall notify faculty of any change in their ability to meet technical standards. The technical standards include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses is integrated, analyzed and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. The student is expected to possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement in order to effectively evaluate patients. A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations.
The student must have the ability to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of clinical/laboratory activities and patient care experiences. The student must be able to document these observations accurately.
The student must communicate effectively verbally and non-verbally to obtain information and explain that information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, family members, and other members of the healthcare team. The student must be able to document and maintain accurate records, present information in a professional manner and provide patient instruction to effectively care for patients and their families.
The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to provide complete physical assessments and provide safe effective care for patients. The student is expected to have psychomotor skills necessary to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, administration of medications, and emergency interventions including CPR if necessary. The student must have sufficient levels of neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination as well as possess the physical and mental stamina to meet the demands associated with extended periods of sitting, standing, moving, and physical exertion required for safe patient care. Students must be able to bend, squat, reach, kneel or balance. Clinical settings may require that students have the ability to carry and lift loads from the floor, from 12 inches from the floor, to shoulder height and overhead. The student must be able to occasionally lift 50 pounds, frequently lift 25 pounds, and constantly lift 10 pounds. The student is expected to be able to maintain consciousness and equilibrium and have the physical strength and stamina to perform satisfactorily in clinical settings.
Intellectual -Conceptual Ability
The student must have the ability to develop problem-solving skills essential to professional nursing practice. Problem solving skills include the ability to measure, calculate reason, analyze, and synthesize objective and subjective data, and to make decisions, in a timely manner that reflect thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment. The student must demonstrate application of these skills and possess the ability to incorporate new information from peers, instructors, and the nursing and healthcare literature to formulate sound judgment to establish care plans and priorities in patient care activities.
Behavioral and Social Attributes
The student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, and complete assessment and intervention activities. Compassion, integrity, motivation, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the nursing program. The student must fully utilize intellectual capacities that facilitate prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom and clinical settings; the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the healthcare team. The ability to establish rapport and maintain interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as a nurse. Each student must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and clinical settings; and effectively collaborate in the clinical setting with other members of the healthcare team.
Ability to Manage Stressful Situations
The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively in relation to stressful situations encountered in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the nursing program. These stressors may be (but are not limited to) personal, patient care/family, faculty/peer, and or program related.
Background Check/Drug Screening
Clinical facilities require that Nebraska Methodist College perform drug testing and background checks on all students before they are allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, students will be required to have a background check performed and submit to drug screening before being allowed into clinical practice.
What is the DNP?
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate for nurses. It represents the highest level of academic preparation for nursing practice (www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/index.htm).
What is the difference between a PhD and a DNP?
The DNP curriculum emphasizes advanced nursing practice and building leaders in practice, education, and management whereas the PhD curriculum emphasizes the research process and dissemination of results. Both DNP and PhD graduates work together to shape nursing practice based on evidence based care.
Why is the DNP degree desired?
Nursing practice is influenced by the rapid expansion of knowledge, increased patient complexity, demands for quality of care and patient safety, and need for nursing personnel and faculty who have the highest level of educational preparation. Graduates of DNP programs will function as nursing leaders that advance clinical practice to improve health systems and outcomes for diverse patients, patient groups, populations and communities. DNP graduates will have the skills necessary to translate nursing research into practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) identifies the need for nursing education to meet the demands of an increasingly complex healthcare system and recommends the DNP as the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses.
What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)?
According to the American Nurses Association (https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/workforce/what-is-nursing/aprn/):
"APRNs include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives, and all play a pivotal role in the future of healthcare. APRNs are often primary care providers and are at the forefront of providing preventive care services to the public.
APRNs treat and diagnose illnesses, advise the public on health issues, manage chronic disease, and engage in continuous education to remain ahead of any technological, methodological, or other developments in the field. APRNs hold at least a Master's degree, in addition to the initial nursing education and licensing required for all Registered Nurses (RNs)."
Will this program prepare me for any of the APRN roles?
The BSN to DNP program at Nebraska Methodist College graduates APRNs who are ready to function as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP), Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners or Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists (AG-CNS).
The APRN to DNP curriculum allows practicing advanced practice nurses to attain a terminal degree in nursing.
Why choose a DNP over master’s level preparation?
Ongoing healthcare reform will increase the demand for quality and affordable care for all Americans. This mandate will create a dramatic need for more primary care providers and the need for more APRNs is expected to escalate. While many APRNs complete the requirements for advanced practice through a master's (MSN) program, the DNP program offers additional competencies related to organizational leadership, information systems, patient care technology, healthcare policy, interprofessional collaboration and clinical prevention for individuals and populations.
These additional competencies will better prepare the graduate to assume a primary role in meeting the healthcare needs across populations and communities. The DNP provides equity with other discipline's professional doctorate programs (Institute of Medicine, 2011). The AACN position statement (2004) advocated the transition from specialty nursing practice at the master's level to the DNP. The target goal for this transition is 2015. See the 2006 report from the DNP Roadmap Task Force (PDF Download).
Institute of Medicine. (2011). The future of nursing: leading change, advancing health. Washington DC: National Academies Press. The 2010 electronic version of this document may be retrieved online at http://thefutureofnursing.org/IOM-Report.
Is a dissertation required?
No. A hallmark of the practice doctorate is the completion of a scholarly Capstone project that demonstrates the synthesis of the DNP role through translational research within a population. As part of the scholarly Capstone project, the student will prepare a manuscript describing the scholarly project and present the project findings.
The program is online, what does that mean?
The DNP program at Nebraska Methodist College will be completed using an online environment that has synchronous and asynchronous components. Students will complete a large portion of the classwork in an asynchronous environment completing and submitting work online. Synchronous meeting via a conferencing platform that allows for audio and videochat will be used throughout the semester. These synchronous meetings will be scheduled for late afternoon/evening hours.
Will I ever have to come to campus? If so, how often?
BSN to DNP candidates will be expected to come to campus three times during the program, APRN to DNP and Public Health Policy candidates will be expected to come to campus twice. These campus visits will be over a weekend during the summer semester.
If the program is online, how will I complete my clinical hours?
Students in the BSN to DNP program will complete 1,080 preceptor-guided clinical hours throughout this program. Students will be asked to secure their own preceptors as they complete the program so that clinical may be completed in or near where students live or work.
Students in the APRN to DNP program will complete 540 clinical hours through the Capstone coursework.
Students in the Public Health Policy track will complete 960 clinical hours through preceptor-guided experiences and through the scholarly Capstone project.
I already have a master’s degree in nursing? How will that affect my admission?
Students who already have a master's degree in nursing are eligible for admission. Credit for previously completed courses will be examined on a case by case basis. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Nebraska Methodist College to graduate with a DNP.
Are there special computer requirements for this program?
See the computer requirements here for the asynchronous components of the DNP program. Computer capability to audio and videochat will be required for the asynchronous components of the DNP program.
Will I be able to work full time while I am in the DNP program?
Students who wish to work while attending the DNP program are encouraged to take classes on a part-time basis. The rigors and time requirements of full-time attendance would limit the student ability to work.
Is your DNP program accredited?
Yes, the doctor of nursing practice degree at Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). http://www.ccneaccreditation.org
What is the class size for the DNP program?
Class sizes range from 6-20 students.
How do I apply?
All BSN to DNP Tracks
To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the application date:
To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline:
Public Health Policy Track
To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline: