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Karmanos’ Women’s Wellness Clinic nurse practitioner publishes article about awareness of DNP role

Catherine Nichols, DNP, APRN, BC, nurse practitioner in the Women’s Wellness Clinic at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, has an article published in the February 2014 edition of Journal of Nursing Administration. Her article is titled, “Exploring Early and Future Use of DNP Prepared Nurses within Healthcare Organizations.” Her co-authors are Nancy O’Connor, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Madonna University; and Deborah Dunn, EdD, MSN, GNP-BC, dean of the College of Education at Madonna University.

The strategy of the study was to gather data on doctorate of nurse practitioner (DNP) utilization and impact using a conceptual model and piloting it by surveying chief nursing officers (CNOs) at leading Michigan public and teaching hospital systems. The study found that few CNOs reported currently employing DNP-prepared nurses. The majority reported gaps in knowledge related to role expectations and projected outcomes from a DNP-prepared nurse.

The study recommends that nurse leaders become familiar with the role competencies of the DNP to maximize the potential contribution of this new level of care provider to improving care quality and access.

To read the full journal article, click here.   
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