DNP Student 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.

2021 Graduates

Teresa P. Abernathy, BSN, RN, CGRN, DNP-FNP Student
Quality Improvement: Implementing a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Approach Among Patients on Chronic Opioid Therapy

Vanessa R. Albert
Recognizing Post Intensive Care Syndrome in Intensive Care Survivors in the Outpatient Setting: Policy Change

Micah F. Anderson, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
Program Evaluation: Identifying Barriers for a Clinical Pathway for Heart Failure in the Emergency Department

Alex Arnold, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
Program Evaluation: Assessing the Current STEMI Process from ED to Cath Lab

Carly Beesley, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Improving Post-Pathogen Exposure Safety

Rosemaria Blackstone, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Increasing Cultural Competency to Improve Medication Administration Documentation

Samantha Anne Campbell, BSN, RN,DNP-FNP Student
A Program Evaluation of Falls Prevention in a Medical/Renal Unit

Ashley B. Dalgarno, RN, BSN, DNP-DNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Improving Nurse Proficiency in Quantitative Blood Loss Measurement

Cathleen M. Daly, BSN, RN, DNP-FNP Student
Program Evaluation: Assessing the Effectiveness of Advance Directive Planning for Surgical Intensive Care Unit Patients

Allison L. Davis, DNP-S, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC
A Quality Improvement Project: Implementation and Evaluation of a Preceptor Preparedness Program

Sophia Dunton
Assessment of EHR Implementation and Training Processes at a Pilot Site for a National Initiative: A Program Evaluation

Ginnette Erb RN, BSN, CEN, DNP-FNP Student
Program Evaluation: Improving Access to Healthcare in the Emergency Department to Identify, Monitor, and Create Solutions for Efficient Throughput of Patients

Mandie R. Gardner, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Increasing Depression Screening and Intervention

Andrew Given, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
Program Evaluation: Alprazolam and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder: One Washington Opioid Treatment Program’s Approach to Risk Management and Patient-Centered Care

Allen J Gonzalez, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
Program Evaluation to Assess Process and Outcome Causes for Unsuccessful Colonoscopies

Johannah Gregg, BSN, RN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Improving Value in Total Joint Replacement Care: The Effect of Perioperative Education on Patient Quality of Care

Grace Hiner, RN, BSN, FNP-FNP Student
A Nurse Residency Program’s Impact on Nurse Retention and Turnover in a Rural Hospital: A Program Evaluation

Sarah M. Howard
Implementation of an Educational Teach-Back Program: A Quality Improvement Project in a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center

Joanne M. Iverson, MN, RN, DNP Student
Program Evaluation: Evaluating a Social Emotional Learning Program for Youth Living Homeless

Calperna C Lucas, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Strategies to Reduce Violence in an Inpatient Mental Health Setting

Diane Marines, MSN, RN, DNP student
Program Evaluation of Mammogram Screening: In the Rural and Underserved in a Coastal NW Clinic

Chelsea Mellett, RN,BSN, DNP-FNP Student
Program Evaluation: The Diabetic Prevention Program

Amanda C. Moore, RN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Treating Procedural Needle Pain in Pediatric Patients Using Non-Pharmacologic Techniques

Zach R. Nelson
Using Group Cognitive Behavioral Teletherapy to Increase Student Access to Counseling Services: A Quality Improvement Project

Maria Nikolao, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
Maternal Mental Health Capture: A Program Evaluation for Standardized Mental Health Screening

Phoebe Ortman
Improving Spinal Fusion Surgical Outcomes, Patient Expectations, and Patient Satisfaction: A Quality Improvement Project

Kim L. Pederson, BSN, MSN, RN, DNP-Student
Policy Proposal:Gender Affirming Care for PeaceHealth Systems

Ryan T. Pederson
Improving Emergency Department Sepsis Bundle Compliance: A Quality Improvement Project

Suzanne K. Puryear
Improving Awareness and Knowledge of Post-ICU Syndrome in the Outpatient Setting: A Quality Improvement Project

Nik Rademaker
Evaluation of Fall rates on a Medical-Oncology Unit after the Implementation of Fall Prevention Education: A Program Evaluation

Kimberly Riano, MSN, DNP Student, ARNP
Innovations to Increase Access to IUD Training for Nurse Practitioners

Catherine Shutty, BSN, RN, DNP-FNP Student
Addressing Health Literacy through Staff Development in a Primary Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project

Oksana Solovyanchik, BSN, RN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project: Increasing Early Detection and Self-Management of Prediabetes in a Community Clinic

S. Robert Spence, Jr., RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
A Quality Improvement Project in a Culturally Diverse Community: Easing Access to Early Childhood Learning with Micronesian Islanders

Mari C. Sullivan, DNP-S, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC
A Program Evaluation Project: Implementation of Health Promotion Activities Using the Teach-Back Method with Micronesian Islander Community Parent Leaders

Caleb Tadesse, RN, DNP-FNP Student
A Program Evaluation: Fall Prevention Program at a Long-Term Care Facility

Misty Van Cleave, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
An Urban Emergency Department Quality Improvement Project: Improving Cultural Competency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Patients

Jennifer L Venable, RN, BSN, DNP-FNP Student
Quality Improvement: Initiating Protected Sleep Time to Improve Postpartum Patient Satisfaction and Reduce Postpartum Fatigue

Benjamin Verbil
Reducing Specimen Labeling Errors in a Large Metropolitan Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Initiative

Sara E. Welty
Patient Navigation Program Based on Identified Social Determinants of Health in an Emergency Department in Spokane, Washington: A Quality Improvement Project