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Scholarly Project and Mentorship

The DNP leadership team meet with each student individually in the early spring semester of the first academic year and match you with a faculty mentor who is aligned with your area of focus. Additionally, you identify an institutional lead in your organization as related to your project needs to comprise your DNP Project Team.  The DNP leadership team provides guidance to the team.

For more information about the DNP Scholarly Project, please consult the DNP Handbook.

It is not necessary to know your DNP project topic before you apply and, in fact, we expect this to be an iterative process.  As you engage in coursework and explore the literature, we encourage you to be curious and think critically about potential areas for practice change in your organization or specialty. You will be guided in the development of your DNP project in your first project-related course (NURS851).

Past DNP Scholarly Projects

Class of 2020 

  • James Ballinghoff, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
    • Utilizing Technology for an Effective Patient Handoff at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
    • Site: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Tracy Walker, MSN, CRNP-AC/PC, CPEN
    • Implementing a Triage Model with Nurse Practitioners to Impact Emergency Department Length of Stay
    • Site: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Michelle Lockett, MSN, RN
    • Implementation and Evaluation of a Sepsis Pathway in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility to Reduce Readmissions to Acute Care Hospitals
    • Site: The Penn Medicine Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Barbara Reale, MSN, CNM, FACNM
    • Patient Satisfaction in Provider-Patient Communication in Centering Pregnancy versus Traditional Prenatal Care
    • Site: The Dickens Center for Women/ Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Sunne Frankel, MSN, RN
    • Decreasing 1:1 Usage by Improving Nursing Knowledge to Prevent, Assess, and Intervene in Patients with Delirium
    • Site: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Cyd Charisse Villalba, MS, RN-BC, PMP
    • Measuring Graph Literacy in Hospital Nurses
    • Site: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Beth Quigley, MSN, RN, CRNP
    • Fall Prevention and Injury Reduction Utilizing Video Monitoring in Hospitalized Patients
    • Site: Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital