DNP Projects are designed for the DNP student to immerse themselves in a real world nursing/health care problem and use the knowledge and skills gained during their coursework and practica experience to solve it. Working with a DNP Project Advisor and Committee the student designs a project carefully identifying the problem, reviewing relevant literature, identifying the purpose and aims, developing a methodological approach and analytic plan, conducting the project in collaboration with an onsite mentor, analyzes the results, and makes recommendations for practice and if appropriate, future research. The student formally presents the results of the project and prepares a scholarly paper at the end of the third year of study.
Examples of DNP Projects include, but are not limited to:
- Practice change initiative
- Quality improvement/performance management project
- An evidence based practice model change
- Policy/practice case report and analysis
- Design and evaluate new models of care
- Implement and evaluate innovative uses for technology to enhance or evaluate care
- Collaborate with researchers to answer clinical questions
- Collaborate on legislative change using evidence
- Design and evaluate programs
- Conduct financial analyses to compare care models and potential savings
- Design and use databases to retrieve information for decision making, planning, and evaluation
- Work with lay or professional coalitions to develop, implement, or evaluate health programs, such as health promotion, and disease prevention programs for vulnerable patients, groups or communities
Kirkpatrick, J. (2013). The doctor of nursing practice capstone project: consensus or confusion? Journal of Nursing Education, 52(8), 435-441.