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DNP Evidence-Based Scholarly Project

The evidence-based scholarly project is the major scholarly learning experience through which you will apply didactic coursework, knowledge, skills and clinical expertise to develop an in-depth and integrative practice-focused project. The development of the project occurs over five semesters and culminates with a written manuscript and public dissemination of the findings.

Here are some examples of evidence-based projects that a student might consider:

  • Implementation and evaluation of expanded nursing practice in a rural community health clinic
  • Implementing an evidence-based risk assessment model for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia
  • Improving diabetes self-care behaviors of pre-teens through a school-based diabetes care initiative
  • Implementing a nurse practitioner-led heart failure clinic
  • The impact of simulation on safe medication practice with newly licensed nurses
  • The impact of a 12-week nurse residency program on the transition of newly licensed nurses to registered nurse practice

Furthering your career with evidence-based practice

With experience in executing your own evidence-based project, you'll have the opportunity to bring evidence-based practice (commonly known as EPB) to the forefront of your health care facility's organizational culture. Not only will you find solutions to clinical problems, you'll put yourself in a prime position for such leadership roles as:

  • Managing patients in critical care units
  • Leading "alpha units" and creating centers of rapid change
  • Leading remote patient management
  • Directing neighborhood clinics
  • Directing triage in the emergency department
  • Directing centralized bed placement
  • Leading rapid response teams
  • Directing patient or staff education programs
  • Leading in health care organizations that require a doctoral degree