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Scholarly Project and Mentorship

Early project ideas are facilitated beginning in the Spring semester of the first academic year through a series of brief asynchronous modules, preparatory to beginning the first project course in the Summer semester. Coursework in the first year provides students with requisite knowledge and competencies for project development. Cohort meetings, Quaker Chats, and student-faculty consultations support DNP scholars’ project ideas during the first academic year.

Students are expected to 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. Through these early discussions, students will also identify an institutional (i.e., site) lead at the organization to comprise your DNP Project Team.  The project course faculty serve as the project faculty lead and provide guidance and ongoing support to the project 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 intensively guided in the development of your DNP project in the project courses.

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. DNP Projects completed by DNP students are provided to highlight the practice scholarship that exemplifies Penn DNP leadership in practice.

Class of 2023 DNP Projects

Student Presentations

Included below are links to four exemplary DNP Project presentations by 2nd year students across our three DNP Program tracks: Executive Leadership, Nurse Anesthesia, and Post-Masters. The four 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.

Optimizing the Nurse Practice Environment to Influence Clinical Nurse Job Enjoyment and Intent to Leave
DNP Track: Executive Leadership
Presenters: Karyn Book, DNP, MSN, RN; Jennifer Hollander, DNP, MSN, RN

Impact of Transitional Care Management (TCM) Calls on 30-day Readmission Rates in Patients with Heart Failure
DNP Track: Post-Master’s
Presenter: Omolola Olawo, DNP, RN, NE-BC

The Reduction of Waste in the Operating Room via an Intraoperative Recycling Initiative
DNP Track: Nurse Anesthesia
Presenters: Rachel Bosco, SRNA, BSN, RN; Dayna Dombrowski, SRNA, BSN, RN; Catherine (Cat) Ruggiero, SRNA, BSN, BS, RN

Keepsakes in the ICU
DNP Track: Post-Masters
Presenter: Patricia Bajaj, DNP, MSN, ACNP-B,C APRN, 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.

Executive Leadership Track DNP Project Visual Abstracts

Microagressions Against LGBTQ+ Hospital Staff: Increasing Knowledge and Decreasing Perception of Frequency
Joshua Barnes, DNP, MSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC

Behavioral Rapid Response Teams and Staff Injuries  
Melissa Barzola, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN

Optimizing the Nurse Practice Environment to Influence Clinical Nurse Job Employment and Intent to Leave
Karyn Book, DNP, MSN, RN; Jennifer Hollander, DNP, MSN, RN

Nursing Mentor Education and Training Program
 Evelyn Choy, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Improving Blood Administration Documentation Compliance

Cultural Responsiveness Training on Caring for Transgender (TGD) Patients
Deb Dunbar, DNP, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC

Engaging Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) in Professional Advancement Model Development
Jodelle Gold, DNP, MSN, APN-C

Utilizing an Educational Video in the Implementation of Age-Friendly Health Systems
Holly Kouts, DNP, MSN, MBA, FNP

Improving Nurse Manager Financial Acumen Through In-Person Training Utilizing the Nurse Manager Skills Competency Tool
 Stephanie Martin, DNP, MSN, RN

Increasing the Utilization of an Early Supported Discharge Program for Stroke Patients through Education, Clinical Informatics, and Collaborative Discharge Planning
Kristen Nobles, DNP, MSN, ACNP-BC

Improving Care Coordination for Cancer Patients with an Advanced Practice Provider-Led Service Embedded in the Infusion Suite
Caitlin O’Neill, DNP, MSN, RN, OCN, NEA-BC

Physical Restraint Use in the Critical Care Unit
Karen Sylvester, DNP, MSN, RN

The Significance of Reporting Healthcare Workplace Violence
Andrew Thum, DNP, MSN, ML, RN, NE-BC

Nurse Anesthesia Track DNP Project Visual Abstracts

Implementing a Preceptor Podcast to Increase Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Confidence and Comfort with Precepting
Ben Ackerman, RN; Stephanie Nunes, RN; Brenda Snow, RN

Educating Providers on the Erector Spinae Plane Block
Darlene Adames, SRNA, RN; Nataly Galindo, SRNA, BSN, RN; LaJasmine Jefferson, SRNA, BSN, RN; Melissa Louis, SRNA, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN

Coping with Labor: Creating a Coping with Labor Pathway for Use with Labor Pain Management
Ashley Bell, SRNA; Endera Preval, SRNA; Jonathan Torchon, SRNA

Implementation of ERAS Protocol in Liver Resection Patients
Carly Bove, RN; Victoria Goldbach, RN; Alexandra Page, RN

Improvements in Operating Room Fire Safety with Interactive Simulation-based Education
Jacquenline Carrozza, RN, BSN; Stanley LaForest, CCRN

Impact of an Educational Care Bundle on Cost-Effective Neuromuscular Blockade Reversal Practice
Julie Le, RN; Brenda Wong, RN; Marvin Vinluan, RN

Retrospective Analysis of Rescue Antiemetic Use in Gynecologic Surgery Patients to Determine the Need for Adjunctive Non-Pharmacological Therapeutics for Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting 
Yunah Lee, RN; Jason Norris, RN; Ian Recto, RN

Developing a Standardized Preceptor Training Checklist
Sunho Park, BSN, RN; Torre Edge, BSN, RN; Amazing-Grace Ighedo, BSN, RN

The Reduction of Waste in the Operating Room via an Intraoperative Recycling Initiative
Catherine Ruggiero, SRNA, BSN, BS, RN; Dayna Dombrowsky, SRNA, BSN, RN; Rachel Bosco, SRNA, BSN, RN

Post-Master’s Track DNP Project Visual Abstracts

The Impact of Family Satisfaction on Providing Keepsakes to Families of End-of-Life ICU Patients 
 Patricia Bajaj, DNP, MSN, ACNP-BC, APRN, CCRN

Opioid Risk Assessment in the Surgical Setting 
Arlene del Mundo, DNP, MS, CRNA

Improving the Identification of Phlebitis through Implementation of a Phlebitis Scoring Tool
Kimberly Enterline, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN

Empowering School Nurses to Promote Healthcare Transition in the Healthy Adolescent
Lorena Gaskill, DNP, MN, RN

Oncology Nurse Practitioner Confidence in Having Clinical Trial Inclusive Conversations with Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Jennifer Giarratana, DNP, MSN, APRN, AOCNP

Impact of A Multi-Modal Allergen Immunotherapy (SCIT) Education and Training Program for Primary Care Nurses
Janina Gilo-Tompkins, DNP, MSN, FNP-C

A TeamSTEPSS Workshop to Improve Attitudes, Readiness and Knowledge on Interprofessional Team Communication Among Undergraduate Nursing Students
Jennifer McEvoy, DNP, MSN, AGPCNP-BC; Michelle McEvoy, DNP, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Connecting Victims of Non-Fatal Firearms Injury to Community Resources
Petrina McFarlane, DNP, MSN, RN

Serious Illness Conversation Program Training with Home Care Nurses
April Nitkin, DNP, CRNP

Impact of Transitional Care Management (TCM) Calls on 30-day Readmission Rates in Patients with Heart Failure
Omolola Olawo, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC

In-House Pressure Injury Prevention in Skilled Nursing Facilities
Folake Olubasusi, DNP, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

Improving Patient Understanding of Cardiac Ablation under Conscious Sedation and Patient Satisfaction
Sean Sison, DNP, CRNA

Early Advanced Care Planning Conversations in Heart Failure Patients
Iswara Srinivasan, DNP, MSN, RN