A Look Inside Penn Nursing DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership Program

The DNP-EL degree that Book and Hollander completed is designed to develop master’s-prepared nurses who already have leadership experience, adding executive-level skills that can create systemic and organizational change within health care settings. The online coursework is co-developed with Wharton Executive Education, Wharton Online, and the Perelman School of Medicine Health Care Innovation Graduate Program and includes strategic planning and execution, value-based health care innovation, and advanced health care economics and finance.

“It is incredibly fulfilling to work with a diverse group of students who, as burgeoning nurse leaders, will continue to advance our profession,” said Susan K. Keim, PhD, MS, CRNP, GNu’11, GR’18, Director of the DNP Executive Leadership track. “We help them to cultivate their executive leadership and project development skills and can already see the impact they will have on improving our health care systems in many ways.”

The Post-Masters of Nursing Practice Program

That Olawo’s DNP project directly impacted her personal practice is intentional. With all PM-DNP classes available online, the curriculum offers flexibility and convenience, making it possible for master’s-prepared nurses to earn the degree while balancing a full-time career. The PM-DNP students, prepared to evaluate and apply nursing science to address practice gaps within communities and complex health care systems, are encouraged to complete their DNP program at their existing site of employment. In doing so, they are able to have an immediate and measurable impact in their own practice setting.

“Our students arrive as subject matter experts with deep insights to clinical dilemmas. In caring for patients and communities, they have firsthand knowledge of the nuances of care, and they are motivated to make a difference,” says Nancy Blumenthal, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCTC, GNu’90, Director of the PM-DNP program. “This track confers fluency in disciplines essential to leading change within complex systems. Specific attention is given to evaluating scientific evidence and using it to address gaps in care. Of course, the faculty are highly accomplished and internationally acclaimed. But equally important is that each cohort is comprised of nurses who are driven to improve patient outcomes.”

The Doctor of Nursing Practice-Anesthesia Program

The DNP-NA post-BSN entry track prepares graduates for the full scope of nurse anesthesia practice in diverse clinical settings, from hospitals to outpatient surgery centers to physicians’ offices. Led by a team of expert practitioners and top nurse researchers, the DNP-NA brings the real world and innovative science into the classroom.

Taught and mentored by expert nurse anesthetists (many of whom are Penn Nursing alumni) and anesthesiologists, students like those on the “Green Team” acquire the critical thinking skills for independent as well as collaborative clinical decision-making. They hone their skills in a state-of-the-art simulation center and clinical rotations, performing procedures and using ultrasound guidance. Students are exposed to experiences that range from common complications to rare occurrences.

Dawn Bent, DNP, MSN, CRNA, program administration of the DNP-NA program, says, “It’s incredibly important for our DNPNA students to graduate from the program as well-rounded and thoroughly prepared CRNAs. Their journey from start to finish embodies a plethora of academic courses and experiences in various anesthesia clinical settings (hospitals for general anesthesia, as well as pediatric, OB, cardiac, and trauma settings). The DNP Project Showcase plays a pivotal role in displaying the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in both academic and clinical settings, as they bring it to life from research to implementation.”

Penn Nursing Magazine, Fall 2023 Issue

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DNP Project Showcase: Promising Approaches

DNP Project Showcase: Promising Approaches

Influencing health care and health care workplaces through leadership, policy implementation, and patient care takes incredible skill and thoughtfulness. Penn Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is an example of how to do it right.