The goals of the DNP are to prepare expert Advanced Practice Nurse clinicians who will:
- Apply evidence from nursing and the biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical sciences to complex health issues.
- Implement health care delivery models and strategies designed for quality improvement in patient care.
- Analyze existing research and design and conduct evaluations of clinical interventions to implement evidence-based practice.
- Employ an evidence-based framework when conducting research on clinical interventions.
- Develop and advocate for health care policy.
- Collaborate with other health professionals to provide high quality, ethical patient-centered care that meets current standards of best practice.
- Synthesize concepts of health promotion and protection and disease prevention in managing complex health problems.
- Apply expert clinical judgment in providing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of health and illness in diverse populations.
- Provide visionary nursing leadership through contributions to the management and guidance of health care systems.
The competencies of the graduate with a DNP will be to function as an expert Advanced Practice Nurse who will be able to:
- Provide appropriate independent advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations.
- Appraise scientific progress and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision-making and program development.
- Assume appropriate, effective leadership roles within the health care system.
- Effectively evaluate the quality of health care using technological, financial, clinical, organizational, and scientific methodologies and intervene appropriately to improve quality of care.
- Evaluate current and past scientific evidence into practice, evaluate outcomes of evidence-based interventions, and disseminate findings to diverse audiences.
- Evaluate current technology and information science and implement technological advances in informatics, as appropriate, to clinical situations.
- Analyze legal and ethical implications of health care policy and shape policy to eliminate health care disparities.
- Apply knowledge about organization, management, leadership, and culture to provide optimal care to individuals, families, and communities within diverse health care arenas.
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