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 (PDF)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (PDF)

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

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 (PDF)

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

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 (PDF)s

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 (PDF)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (PDF)

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

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

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

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

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

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 (PDF)

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 (PDF)

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

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 (PDF)

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

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

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