Fall 2021

NURS 7306-01 DNP Project

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Welcome to the DNP Project course!
We will meet on August 23rd at 8am for orientation.  Location TBD.

DNP Project Proposal Presentations will occur on August 30th and September 13th from 8am-11:50am.

The two other class dates are October 25th from 9-11:50am and December 6th from 9-11:50am.  Other meetings times will be arranged with the small groups and their chairs.



Gretchel Gealogo Brown, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Cynthia Linkes, DNP, MSN-CNS, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Professor / Clinical

M. Danet Lapiz Bluhm, PhD, RN, MSCI, FAAN, Associate Professor

Susan M. McDonald, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, Associate Professor / Clinical

Cindy Wall, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CNE, Assistant Professor / Clinical

Brandi Farrell, DNP, CPNP-AC, PC, Assistant Professor / Clinical

Peter Andrew Francisco de Asis Guearnero, PhD, MSc Clinical Research, Assistant Professor / Clinical

Marta E. Vives, DNP, FPMH-NP-BC, PMH-CNS-BC, LTC, USA (Ret.), Assistant Professor / Clinical

Bertha E. “Penny” Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, Assistant Professor

Mary Salazar, DNP, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, Director of Oncology Patient Experience, Adjunct Faculty

Kathryn Parke, DNP, APRN, CPNP, Associate Professor / Clinical

Karen Walker Schwab, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, Assistant Professor / Clinical

Sara Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Heidi J. Worabo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, Associate Professor / Clinical, Course Coordinator

Wesley Richardson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL, Assistant Professor

Nancy McGowan, PhD, RN, CEN, Associate Professor / Clinical

Azizeh Sowan, PhD, RN, MSN, MSDA, MBA, Associate Professor

Amanda Bridges, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, Assistant Professor/Clinical

Paula Christianson-Silva, DNP, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor / Clinical

Christiane Meireles, PhD, RDN, LD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Kenneth Miller, PhD, MJ, APRN, CFNP, FAAN, FAANP, Endowed Professorship

Maria Saldiva, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor / Clinical




This course provides students with clinical specialty immersion experience to plan, design, implement, and evaluate the DNP Project. The role of the DNP as leader and innovator in complex organizational systems will be discussed as it relates to knowledge translation, implementation, and evaluation. Milestones for project completion are determined for each semester.


NURS 6436 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 2
NURS 6454 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 2
NURS 6411 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 2
NURS 6422 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (PNP-PC) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 2

NURS 6235 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 3
NURS 6254 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 3
NURS 6219 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 3

NURS 6224 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (PNP-PC) Diagnosis and Management: Concepts & Theory 3


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


1.  Synthesize evidence to inform the design and implementation of the DNP Project. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, V, VI, VII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1, 3, 4, Quality 1, 2, 3, 5, Practice Inquiry 4, 6, Health Delivery System 1)

2.  Critically analyze the organizational context to further inform the design and implementation of the DNP Project. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII; NONPF Competencies: Health Delivery System 1, 2, 3, 6, Leadership 1, 5)

3.  Apply analytical methods and evidence to implement and evaluate system improvements. (DNP Essentials I, III; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1, Quality 1, 2)

4.  Analyze and interpret data related to DNP project outcomes. (DNP Essentials I, III; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1, Quality 1, 2)
5.  Discuss initial findings with DNP project committee. (DNP Essentials VI; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 3, Leadership 6, Practice Inquiry 5)


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)






DNP Project Forms


·         Form 702

·         IOR (Intent of Relationship) with Organizational Committee Member

·         IRB approval UT Health SA

·         IRB approval from community organization (if applicable)




Participation & Professionalism


Attends and participates in large and small group discussions in a professional, collaborative manner.

DNP Project Paper (Phase 1, 2 & 3)



DNP Project Proposal Presentation


Each student will present their proposal. Dates are August 30th and September 13th.



Student must earn 80% or greater for a grade of Pass of the above items.

DNP Project Implementation Practicum Hours Log (180 hours)





Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

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Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


previous course references.


Previous course references


Implementation of the project plan with continuous evaluation.
Continue to build the professional portfolio reflecting the DNP Essentials.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

August 23rd 8am-11:50am.  Location TBD

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