Karmanos’ nurse practitioner in Women’s Wellness Clinic receives Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree
Monday, May 06, 2013
Catherine Nichols, DNP, APRN, BC, nurse practitioner in
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Women’s Wellness Clinic, has recently
received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Madonna
Nichols, a Clawson resident, did her doctoral research on how
DNPs are being utilized, accepted and understood within Michigan’s health care
“This lead to my research initiative on the topic of the
utilization of DNPs in Michigan’s public and teaching hospital systems,” she
said. “I surveyed the chief nursing officers in our state’s hospital systems to
provide answers to these questions. One of the major themes from this study was
that many administrators do not know about the degree and role and are unaware of
Nichols said she will continue her work on this topic to
disseminate the findings and to begin to educate not only health system
administrators, but educative and nursing administrators as well. She has
submitted her research study to the Journal of Nursing Administration and
anticipates acceptance of publication.
She also has been invited to present her research at the
Michigan “DNP Roundtable” in Lansing in June. The roundtable will consist of
the top DNPs and university administrators/educators from Michigan.
Additionally, she has been accepted to present her research at the national DNP
conference in Arizona in the fall.
Nichols joined Karmanos in 2010 and began work on her DNP
degree a few months after that. She not only diagnoses breast cancer but also
diagnoses and treats benign breast conditions. She works with cancer survivors
in living a full and healthy life within what she describes as their “new
normal.” She is also the only clinician on the Cancer Survivorship Committee at
Karmanos and is working towards developing a designated survivorship program
here at the Institute.
“I could not have achieved this degree without the support
of Karmanos,” Nichols said. “I am very fortunate to be part of
such an exceptional and supportive team.”
We congratulate Nichols on her professional achievement!