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DNP Student Research Projects

A hallmark of the DNP-prepared nurse is the ability to utilize the concept of practice inquiry to translate meaningful health research into practice. Students learn this process through the completion of a final DNP project. Students investigate an area of nursing practice, the health care delivery system, or a health care policy issue to develop a project meaningful to the organization as well as one that meets the scope of doctoral level work. DNP projects may take the form of quality improvement initiatives, practice change programs, program evaluation or translating evidence into practice. See examples of DNP student projects below.

2018 Graduates

Jackie Albi
Opioids and Provider Prescribing Practices: An Evidence Based Approach

Elina Berrantes
Fall Prevention in Home Health Patients

Annie Bixler
Identifying Postpartum Depression in Parents at Routine Well-Child Checks

Ebony Blackmon-Humphrey
Patient Centered Care and Spiritual Competence in Treating Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

Joleen Brisbois
Quality Improvement Project Phase 2: Improving Preventive Health at the Wellpinit Indian Health Clinic

Talia Buchsbaum
Focus on Transgender Care for new graduate providers in FQHC’s

Latoyia Butler
Improving Access To and Quality Care of the Adult Epilepsy Population through an Epilepsy RN Case Management and RN Visits Program: A Pilot Program

Kelsey Cibicki
Using Teach-back for Acute MI Education in a Rural Hospital Unit: A QI Project

David Colvin
Evaluation of Patient Handoff Practices in a Rural Hospital Setting

Nicholas Goodwin
Implementing Group Medical Visits in a Psychiatric Outpatient Setting to Improve Access to Evidence Based Care: A Quality Improvement Project

Yvonne Griffin
Improving postpartum glucose testing rates in women with gestational diabetes at Neighborcare Health: A quality improvement project

Tomoaki Honda
Implementing Pneumonia Clinical Practice Guidelines for Early Recognition and Treatment of Pneumonia in Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Patients

Jessica Hughes
The Chest Pain Project

Elnora Jimerson
Intervention to Reduce Provider Bias and Increase Awareness for Long Term Improvement in Health Outcomes in African American Patients

Elsee Larsen
Process Evaluation Project: Surveillance of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a Metropolitan Jail

Roxanne McGray
Understanding the Impact of a Nurse Engagement Intervention in an Emergency Department

Phedra Moran
A Quality Improvement Project: Phase II in Implementing a Recycling Program

Jessica Pearl
Implementation of Evidence-based Hand Hygiene Measures to Prevent the Spread of Healthcare Associated Infections in the Correctional Setting

Tod Peterson
Evaluation of the NAMI Southwest Washington SEE ME program

Aaron Roberts
Program Evaluation: Agitation Management Protocol-Adult Psych ED

Shawta Sackett
Development and Implementation of a Rural Syringe Service Program

Shel Seaver
A Gap in Knowledge: The Development of a Group Therapy Training Program for Novice Therapists

Dana Severson
Using Health Information Technology for Preoperative Education at Virginia Mason Memorial: A Quality Improvement Pilot Program

Michael Smith
Dialysis Infection Prevention

Ashley Stroud
Reducing Provider Bias to Improve Health Outcomes for Obese Patients: A Quality Improvement Project

Katie Uberti
Readmission Risk Assessment: A Quality Improvement Project

Caitlyn Uhnak
RN Education and Implementation of a Decision-Making Model to Reduce Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in the Elderly

Sandy Walker
Benefits of Home Based Primary Care and Pre-Populated Electronic Health Record Screening Guidelines Phrases and Assessment Templates for Geriatric Patients

Megan Weese
Improving Accuracy of Medication Reconciliation in the Emergency Department: A Pilot Project with Pharmacy Students

Twila Worlock
Private Practice Development for Nurse Practitioners: A Practice Quality Improvement Project

2017 Graduates

2016 Projects

Jessica Almaguer
FNP Program
Concussion Management in Adolescents

Nicole Slack
Nicole Slack
FNP Program
Using Teach-Back Method to Improve Patient Satisfaction with New Medication Education on a Community Hospital Medical-Surgical Floor: An Evidence Based-Intervention

Washington State University