DNP Student Projects

See what current students are working on while earning their Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

Teresa Dubovich
Domestic Violence Prevention Program
Teresa’s purpose for her domestic violence prevention program is to provide the adolescent population the knowledge and skills for healthy relationships that are conveyed into adulthood. With this project, Teresa hopes to establish a program that can be integrated into the school system that is financially viable and efficient. Objectives include utilizing literature review and model programs as resources for program development, collecting data from the Center of Disease Control that have been accepted as educational training, and exploring partnerships with anti-violence agencies.

Donna Matocha
Infusion Alarms Management
Infusion devices are the largest portion of portable medical devices in hospital settings and contribute to a large portion of alarm noise. Alarm fatigue has reached national attention from multiple organizations in the health industry, including The Joint Commission, Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), among others. Donna intends to utilize Lean Six Sigma and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) frameworks in the development and implementation of a bundled intervention, including multiple infusion devices to reduce alarms.

Kathy Dunn
Health Literacy Intervention
Limited health literacy results in limited comprehension of health advice, educational materials, prescriptions, rehabilitation, or exercise regimens, resulting in impaired disease self-management. Lower health literacy and numeracy skills have been independently associated with poor health knowledge, poor health behaviors, and worse clinical outcomes. Kathy’s objective is to evaluate the implementation of health literacy intervention to improve diabetic regimen adherence among adult patients with low literacy rates in a low cost ambulatory care clinic.

Stephanie Gedzyk-Nieman MSN, RNC-MNN
Exploring Attitudes of Acceptance of Males in Nursing: A Pilot Study
The lack of growth in the number of males in the nursing profession has been identified as an important issue to address not only for the profession, but for the patients that nurses serve. Patient satisfaction is also positively correlated to nursing satisfaction, and nursing satisfaction is also positively correlated to nursing retention. An important component of nursing satisfaction is the work environment; more specifically, relationships with fellow nurse colleagues and perceived acceptance by these colleagues. The purpose of this quantitative, non-experimental, descriptive correlational study is to compare male and female nurses’ attitudes of acceptance of male nurses and to examine if certain demographic variables are correlated to greater attitudes of acceptance. The study will be conducted using an anonymous internet survey utilizing the Sexist Attitude Inventory and collecting demographic information about the study participants. All registered nurses employed at three medical centers within the same health system will be invited to participate. Descriptive statistics for the sample along with a t-test to compare male and females’ attitudes of acceptance of male nurses will be calculated. Pearson’s r to determine covariance between female nurses’ attitudes of acceptance and age, years of nursing experience, number of male faculty and male students in pre-licensure nursing program and Spearman’s rho to determine covariance between female nurses’ attitude of acceptance and their highest-held nursing degree will be calculated as well. This study will provide insights into the current culture of acceptance of male nurses in the workplace, allow for the identification of possible areas of concern, and provide opportunities for growth. Addressing these possible areas of concern may result in greater job satisfaction and career longevity for male nurses, an improved work environment for both male and female nurses, and a means to improve patient satisfaction.