WSU COLLEGE OF NURSING | GRADUATE PROGRAMS
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:
- Apply biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, and nursing science to improve health care practice and delivery systems. (DNP Essentials I, V, and VIII)
- Analyze organizational structure, functions and resources to improve the delivery of care. (DNP Essential II)
- Translate evidence-based research into practice to improve health care delivery and outcomes for all. (DNP Essential III)
- Use information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and health care systems. (DNP Essential IV)
- Advocate for the nursing profession through the development, implementation and evaluation of health care policy. (DNP Essential V)
- Collaborate with other health professionals to improve health care access and health outcomes for individuals and populations. (DNP Essential VI)
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate knowledge of health protection, health promotion, and disease prevention/treatment strategies to improve or maintain health.
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Demonstrate competence in the use of theoretical approaches in individual, group and family therapy.
- Apply best practices in the selection and implementation of specific psychotherapeutic, pharmacologic, and preventative interventions.
- Differentiate mental health problems from psychiatric illness.
- Practice within the scope of legal, professional, and ethical standards of advanced psychiatric/mental health nursing.
- Develop and sustain therapeutic collaborative relationships with individuals, families, groups and other professionals.
- Population Health
- Model and influence the values of the profession of nursing.
- Provide leadership in planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating health care delivery.
- Deliver culturally competent nursing and health care.
- Assume responsibility and accountability for enacting the role of an advance practice nurse within the scope of legal, professional, and ethical standards.
- Participate in the formulation of health policy appropriate to a diverse and multicultural society.