Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at WSU

Wright State University CoNH, in a consortium with the University of Toledo College of Nursing, offers a joint, online, post-master’s DNP program.

Wright State University College of Nursing and Health, in a consortium with the University of Toledo College of Nursing, offers a joint, online, post-master’s DNP program. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate is prepared to lead in the transformation of the health care system. By translating findings into practice and tracking outcomes at the individual, systems, and population levels, the DNP will ensure quality and safety. These same skills will also position the DNP to lead policy efforts in the broader health care arena. Nurses prepared as DNPs are the health care leaders of tomorrow. We currently offer a full-time or part-time individualized program of study to meet the needs of each student. The 36 semester hour curriculum includes eleven courses focusing on nursing knowledge and practice. In accordance with AACN recommendations for 1000 academically supervised post-BSN clinical hours to earn a DNP degree, 520 hours of academically supervised practicums in clinical practice or leadership are included in the program. All students will be required to document their previous graduate level clinical hours. Individualized programs of study will be developed to assure compliance with the 1000 hour minimum requirement. Course assignments emphasize skill development and the operational use of knowledge in complex practice settings, including: -Population-based intervention (assessing target populations, writing proposals) -Marketing and entrepreneurship (marketing strategies, financial analysis, resource development) -Systems and organizations (organizational assessment, healthcare financing & management) -Quality management and performance improvement (performance benchmarks & tools) -Evidence-based practice (appraising evidence, intervention design, evaluation of outcomes, dissemination through written, verbal and online presentations) -Information management and technology (databases, patient care technology, workflow analysis) -Health policy Concentrations: The post-master’s DNP at Wright State University and the University of Toledo offer a choice of two concentrations: direct care advanced practice nurses (APRN, CNS, CNM, and CRNA) or indirect care/leadership (Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Educators, or Public Health).

Mission: The Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health provides excellence in innovative educational programs as the foundation for lifelong learning; serves our community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; performs scholarship that enriches and guides the profession of nursing; and empowers faculty, staff, students, and alumni to reach their full potential.

Operating as usual

Dr. Eustace (chair) is so proud of Dr. Peter Savard who successfully defended his DNP project today!!! Thank you for the surprise (the colorful wrap from Kadali India)! Dr Savard👍 will be a rising nursologist in Global Health Nursing!👍

[03/18/19]   Congratulations to Dr. Tyler Green for the successful defense of his DNP project titled, "Evaluating an Evidence-Based Suicide Risk Assessment Intervention for an Inpatient Mental Health Hospital Unit." Kudos to the committee members, Dr. Deb Poling, Dr. Misty Richmond and Dr. Susan Rice (University of Toledo). Dr. Green will walk in the university graduation this spring.

Congratulations to Dr. Gwen Stephenson and Dr. Christie Lucas Heinzman you both make us so proud to have been a part of your DNP journey. Go celebrate your success!

Congratulations to our newest DNP, Dr. Christie Heinzman on her successful defense of her DNP project titled, “The Role of Antibiotic Therapy in the Treatment of Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth in Pediatric Patients with Short Bowel Syndrome “. Dr. Heinzman is pictured with her committee L. Dr. Lisa Jasin, C. Dr. Tonya Schmitt-University of Toledo and chair, R. Dr. Tracy Brewer. Dr. Heinzman is an acute care pediatric nurse Practitioner at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Guests included Dr. Heinzman’s proud family.

Babies born opioid-dependent get help at Brigid’s Path

Take a look at our DNP alumni, Dr. Lisa Jasin, co-director of Brigid's Path. In Kettering, Ohio, a former schoolteacher has opened Brigid’s Path, a treatment facility for babies born drug-dependent, and already there are stories of success. Senior national correspondent Kate Snow reports the latest edition of the NBC News series Solutions.

Future DNP students!!!! Undergraduate EBP students giving presentations of their Evidence-based practice recommendations. Even Kes the Golden Retriever loves EBP. Thanks to OSU/CTEP for sharing the “evidence” buttons. #faculty4students

Nursing faculty bring together other health care professionals Students from Wright State, Cedarville University, University of Dayton and Sinclair College are expected to attend an interprofessional case study competition on April 14. Continue reading →

More Nursing Disciplines Require a Master's or Doctoral Degree A doctorate, or DNP, may be required in the future for some nursing specialties, experts say.

Updated live hooding at WSU of DNP graduates (better quality).

Congratulations to Dr. Holly Myers who graduated on Sunday as part of the WSU/University of Toledo DNP consortium. Hooded by her project chair Dr. Susan Batten. Way to go Dr. Holly Myers!!!

Live from WSU graduation. Congrats to our DNP graduates Dr. Jeri Braunlin and Dr. Cassie Fishbein and all of The College of Nursing graduates and faculty. #faculty4students

Congratulations to our newest DNP graduates Dr. Jeri Braunlin and Dr. Cassie Fishbein. As well as all the WSU College of Nursing and Health graduates.

A great day with the DNP students from NUR 8101 giving their presentations for Dr. Scordo’s course. Each had great clinical experiences and sharing their lessons learned. Melanie wins the prize for traveling the farthest from South Carolina!!! After presentation celebration at Olive Garden!!

Nursing natural Fellowship in Tanzania helps Wright State nursing professor Rosemary Eustace Eustace to strengthen the relationships she had developed in previous trips to the African country. Continue reading →

Synergy search

/ Wright State nursing educators will measure and improve synergy and teamwork among nursing students in class projects and in the nursing profession. Continue reading →

Congratulations to Dr. Jeri Braunlin for her successful defense of her DNP project titled, “Feasibility and Accuracy of Predicting Stroke Severity in the Field: An Evidence-based Practice Change.” Dr Braunlin is pictured with her chair Dr. Anne Russell. Thank you to Dr. Karen Hoblet-University of Toledo and Dr. John Terry for serving on Dr. Braunlin’s committee. Guests include Dr. Braunlin’s husband (pictured) Dr. Dan Braunlin. Dr. Braunlin is employed by Miami Valley Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the neurology department. She will officially graduate December 16, 2017 at the WSU Nutter Center.

Brigid's Path ready to start helping the tiniest victims of the opioid epidemic

Way to go DNP Alum, Dr Lisa Jasin for your leadership in providing neonates with evidence-based care. KETTERING, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Brigid's Path is a first-of-its-kind facility on Ohio that will treat babies born exposed to opiates.Starting Monday, they are officially open to accept their first babies, but did not receive any patients on day one.As staff

Nurses Say AMA Launching 'Turf War' Over Direct Patient Access

We need our DNP leaders to step forward and speak up! Nurses are attacking a new American Medical Association policy opposing efforts to allow advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently of a physician’s supervision.

Congratulations to our newest DNP, Dr. Holly Myers from The University of Toledo who successfully defended her project titled, “Breastfeeding: an Evidence-based Intervention for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.” Dr. Myers is pictured with her chair, Dr. Susan Batten and community partners instrumental in the success of her project. Dr. Larissa Barclay (UT) and Dr. Tracy Brewer (WSU) served as committee members. Dr. Myers will officially graduate December 17, 2017.

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Congratulations to our newest DNP, Dr. Cassie Fishbein on her successful defense of her project, “Screening Mother’s for Postpartum Depression at Well-child Visits in a Private Pediatric Clinic: An Evidence-based Practice Improvement Project.” Dr. Fishbein’s committee members included: chair-Dr. Tracy Brewer (pictured), members Dr. Deb Ulrich, & Dr. Temeaka Gray (UT). Dr. Teresa Millwater (friend) and Dr. Donn Fishbein (husband) were distinguished guests pictured below. We are all so very proud of you and your accomplishments. Dr. Fishbein will graduate December 16, 2017.

Beth Croucher recently attended The Jonas Scholar Conference in Washington, DC. To be named a Jonas Scholar is a prestigious honor as participants work to complete rigorous research and evidence-based practice projects for completing a doctoral degree in nursing. There were only 75 DNP students offered a Jonas Scholarship. Beth is Wright State University's first JONAS Scholar in the DNP program and a graduate of the Adult/Geri ACNP program. Pictured are three generations of the Jonas family.

Nothing better than a WSU DNP alumni presenting her EBP project at the Helene Fuld Summit for Evidence-based Practice. Way to go Dr. Bochenek!!!!

Nursing professor appointed to two Ohio advisory committees

Congratulations Dr. Scordo for continuing your service of excellence for advanced practice nurses. Our DNP program is extremely fortunate to have you on faculty. Kristine Scordo joins the the Committee of Prescriptive Governance and the Advisory Committee on Advanced Practice Registered Nursing. Continue reading →

Dr. Jeanie Bochenek (R) (alumnus cohort 8) and Virginia Noe (L) ( Dayton Public Schools) presenting in San Diego at the National Association of School Nurses Association, Dr. Bochenek's final DNP project results.

Acknowledging our past DNP alumni, Dr. Eva Fried from cohort 5, presenting at the American College Health Association. Continuing to make us proud!

Live hooding ceremony from commencement.

Note the weather radar....a storm was brewing but we have 3 new WSU/UT DNPs graduating. Dr. Brewer Gray accompanied the new Dr's Ballard, Bochenek and Joo at fall commencement. Congratulations and enjoy some time away!

Congratulations to Dr's Bochenek (L) and Joo (R). as they graduate with their DNP. Kim Ringo (center) will follow them from cohort 8 graduating Spring 2018. Also congratulations to Dr. Cindy Ballard and special thanks to her chair Dr. Bobbe Gray. We at WSU DNP program always welcome more DNPs to translate best evidence in changing practice and healthcare systems towards improving patient & family outcomes.

Great representation from the College of Nursing and Health and DNP program at the annual, Wright State University Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities. April 21, 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Joo on her successful DNP project defense titled, Text Message Follow Up in the Pediatric Urgent Care. Dr. Joo's work is setting a new precedent at Dayton Children's Hospital in the use of technology for improving patient follow up visits after an urgent care visit. Thanks to her committee for their support and advisement, chair Dr. Tracy Brewer, members Dr. Lisa Jasin, Dr. Will Matcham, and Dr. Kathy Sink ( University of Toledo). Also thanks for the support and patience of her husband, Eric. Kim will officially become Dr. Joo at Wright State University commencement April 29, 2017.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program was well represented at the Greater Dayton Area Nursing Research Conference, April 14 at the Hope Hotel Conference Center. The topic was the current Opioid and Heroin epidemic. Holly Myers from University of Toledo presented her current DNP project related to the use of breastfeeding as a non-pharmaceutical means for reducing neonatal abstinence syndrome in neonates born to mothers in medical treatment programs. Kimberly Joo presented her poster on her completed DNP project from WSU related to the use of a text message intervention to improve follow up visits with pediatric patients with asthma and Lisa Robinson Jasin (DNP alumni-WSU) presented a poster on establishing a culture of Evidence Based Practice at Dayton Children's Hospital and won 1st place poster in the EBP category. Our DNP program continues to shine 🌟

Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Ballard on her recent successful DNP defense (March 24th) of her project titled, " Tobacco Cessation in Veterans Receiving Outpatient Mental Health Care: Performance Improvement Project." Thanks to those that advised Dr. Ballard, which includes her chair, Dr. Bobbe Gray (WSU), committee members Dr. Karen Hoblet (UT) and Dr. Stella Nwokoro from the Dayton VA. Cindy will officially become Dr. Ballard at the graduation ceremony on April 29, 2017 at which time she will be hooded by her chair Dr. Gray.

Congratulations Jeanie LaCombe Bochenek for receiving a graduate excellence award representing the College of Nursing and Health DNP program.

Flying colors

World renowned program at Wright State University --Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program receives well deserved accolades.... Wright State’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program trains students to work in emergency departments, intensive care units, specialty labs and clinics and acute care wards. Continue reading →

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