Doctor of
Nursing Practice,
DNP

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.

Deborah Kornacker, MS, RN
A Patient Portal Push Towards Utilization of the Technology
Nationally, electronic health records (EHR) have the capacity to enhance patient-centered care through online engagement between providers and patients. Currently, many health care centers and providers fall short in attracting patients to register and utilize online patient portals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have highlighted the need for health centers to report EHR “meaningful use (MU)” benchmark attestation during 2017 and the years to follow. DNP residency hours coordinated a 90-day “Portal Push” marketing and education initiative at the Will County Community Health Center (WCCHC) to advance portal registration and utilization numbers. The purpose of this DNP program evaluation is to positively influence portal adoption and utilization among providers, clinical staff, and patients at the WCCHC in Joliet, IL. This DNP project is based on the Center for Disease Control Program Evaluation Framework. This program evaluation will determine if MU benchmarks related to online patient portal increased at the end of the 90-day “Portal Push” marketing and education initiative. One goal of the “Portal Push” initiative is to assess whether registration and utilization increased, allowing WCCHC providers to meet CMS attestation benchmarks set. A second goal will gather user feedback via a Patient Portal Engagement Survey and a Provider/Staff Portal Engagement Survey to assess level of interest in portal technology acceptance as related to “ease of portal use”, “usefulness of the online tool”, “portal functions most commonly used”, and “organizational support in using the technology”. Results will be used by the health center and other centers to advance patient and provider engagement through online patient portals.

Lorna Dudzik, MS, RN, APN, CNS, CEN
Evaluation of the Impact of the American Heart Association Resuscitation Quality Improvement® Program at a Community Hospital
National statistics report unsettling cardiac arrest survivability as low as 24% for in-hospital cardiac arrest to discharge. Equally disconcerting research demonstrates cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills decay within six months. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) poor quality CPR should be considered a preventable harm, and in 2015 the AHA issued a national urgency to improve cardiac arrest survivability. The AHA created a transformative shift away from traditional biyearly CPR training to a low-dose, high-frequency innovation called the Resuscitation Quality Improvement® (RQI) program for basic life support training and certification. RQI offers trainees a self-directed, simulation-based, mastery learning program to improve competency and maximize high-quality CPR psychomotor retention. In 2016 the first hospital in Illinois to implement the RQI program for BLS training/certification occurred at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru IL. Lorna is planning to evaluate the impact of the RQI program at this hospital with the objective to provide evidence of the efficacy and value of RQI. She will perform a retrospective analysis of healthcare providers’ CPR performance metrics in a quarterly time series design over a two-and-a-half year period to demonstrate improvement trends toward AHA core CPR target metric compliance. Additionally, a study to measure trainees’ confidence/satisfaction with the RQI program will be conducted including a cost-benefit analysis to culminate in a comprehensive and evidence-based summative conclusion. Lorna intends to not only provide a beneficial and robust program evaluation for hospital stakeholders, but also to contribute toward the AHA’s growing body of knowledge and insight regarding the impact of RQI at a rural community hospital.