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DNP Program Outcomes

All DNP students will meet the DNP Program Mission and Outcomes at the successful conclusion to their program:

“The Mission of the DNP program is to prepare nurse leaders who are experts in evidence-based practice to provide the highest quality health care for patients, families, communities, and populations.”

At the conclusion of the program, the DNP graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, and nursing science to improve health care practice and delivery systems.  (DNP Essentials I, V,  and VIII)
  2. Analyze organizational structure, functions and resources to improve the delivery of care. (DNP Essential II)
  3. Translate evidence-based research into practice to improve health care delivery and outcomes for all. (DNP Essential III)
  4. Use information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and health care systems.  (DNP Essential IV)
  5. Advocate for the nursing profession through the development, implementation and evaluation of health care policy. (DNP Essential V)
  6. Collaborate with other health professionals to improve health care access and health outcomes for individuals and populations. (DNP Essential VI)
  7. Advocate for ethical policies and practice that prevent illness, promote health and social justice, and reduce disparities for patient populations in urban, rural, and global settings. (DNP Essential V, VII)
  8. Apply advanced knowledge and skills within an area of specialized nursing practice. (DNP Essential VIII)

Students who are adding a specialty will also meet the outcomes of their specialty track:

Family Nurse Practitioner
  1. Translate and integrate evidence-based theory, clinical judgment, research findings and interprofessional perspectives into advanced nursing practice to improve outcomes for patients/individuals and families across the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and critical thinking with diagnostic management and reasoning skills in the process of clinical decision making for patients/individuals and families across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of common acute and chronic physical and mental health concerns. Be able to utilize appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies to promote, and improve quality of life and promote death with dignity.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of health protection, health promotion, and disease prevention/treatment strategies to improve or maintain health.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  1. Demonstrate competence in the use of theoretical approaches in individual, group and family therapy.
  2. Apply best practices in the selection and implementation of specific psychotherapeutic, pharmacologic, and preventative interventions.
  3. Differentiate mental health problems from psychiatric illness.
  4. Practice within the scope of legal, professional, and ethical standards of advanced psychiatric/mental health nursing.
  5. Develop and sustain therapeutic collaborative relationships with individuals, families, groups and other professionals.
Population Health
  1. Model and influence the values of the profession of nursing.
  2. Provide leadership in planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating health care delivery.
  3. Deliver culturally competent nursing and health care.
  4. Assume responsibility and accountability for enacting the role of an advance practice nurse within the scope of legal, professional, and ethical standards.
  5. Participate in the formulation of health policy appropriate to a diverse and multicultural society.
Washington State University