DNP Scholarly Projects

DNP Projects address context-specific needs, problems, and/or opportunities to advance healthcare quality and equity, improve health outcomes, enhance healthcare work environments and the work life of healthcare workers, advance community health and wellness, improve healthcare economics, and sustain the culture of continuous learning requisite to the complex healthcare environment.    

Students actively engage in discussions at their project site (typically at the student’s place of employment or practice) to accurately identify practice issues/problems that are of high importance to the project site. See what the class of 2023 has been working on!

Student Presentations

Included below are links to three exemplary DNP Project presentations by 2nd year students across our three DNP Program tracks: Executive Leadership, Nurse Anesthesia, and Post-Masters. The three unique DNP projects exemplify how the Penn Nursing DNP program prepares leaders to improve healthcare and healthcare outcomes through translating research, evaluating evidence-based practice and implementing innovative ideas.

Screening for Sensory Processing Sensitivity and Anxiety in Adolescents
DNP Track: Post-Masters
Presenters: Kate Bender, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC

Implementation of a Light Therapy Team to Administer Photobiomodulation Therapy: A Standardized Protocol to Prevent and Treat Oral Mucositis in the Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Population
DNP Track:
Executive Leadership
Presenter: Kathleen Magee, MA, RN, CPHON

Evaluating and Improving Endotracheal Tube Cuff Inflation Techniques
DNP Track: Nurse Anesthesia
Presenters: Amy Becker, BSN, RN, CCRN; Joseph Ippolito BSN, RN, CCRN;
Nicholas Lutz BSN, RN, CCRN


Visual Abstracts

Visual abstracts are visual summaries of information about a project that are typically included in a narrative abstract of a project. A visual abstract is a dissemination tool that is focused on a single major message, or very few main messages, about a project. All 2nd year DNP scholars developed a DNP Project visual abstract as one of several dissemination products of the DNP Program.