Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Project
All students enrolled in the DNP program will complete an evidence-based project. The DNP project is a culmination of the knowledge gained in the DNP courses. This project will demonstrate identification and resolution of a practice problem through the scholarship of application. The primary objective of these projects is the improvement of healthcare outcomes in the practice setting. These evidence based projects may include changes in the healthcare delivery system, organizational changes that impact healthcare at the local, regional and national level and legislation and health care policies that reduce healthcare disparities. Students will identify their project during the first semester (see plan below) and continue project development throughout subsequent courses. The project must be completed in order for the DNP degree to be conferred. The faculty mentor will be included as an author on all dissemination activities during the DNP program. The practice partner may also be included in dissemination activities as appropriate. DNP course faculty should also be included in dissemination activities as content relates to course activities. Faculty mentor inclusion in any dissemination activity is mandatory.
Developing an Interprofessional Communication Model for a Substance Use Risk Reduction ProgramProblem A serious problem in the healthcare setting for patients who inject drugs (PWID) has been a lack of consistent screening for substance use, misuse of the vascular access device and the absence of an interprofessional communication plan designed to care for the patients primary presenting issue and the underlying addiction. Purpose The purpose of this capstone project was to develop an interprofessional communication model to facilitate improved care for the whole patient with a history of injectable drug use (IDU). Objective The objective of this project was to build and employ an interprofessional communication model to increase safety, decrease risks and improve outcomes for patients with a history of IDU requiring intravenous therapy. Plan The plan was to measure the interprofessional communication self-assessment, as it relates to serving PWID, prior to the implementation of a novel screening assessment tool and 90 days after initiation of the assessment to detect possible improvement in communication. Results Analyzing the results for all respondents pre- and post-intervention did not show significant change. Narrowing the analysis to RNs only for pre- and post-intervention in the interaction domain ρ = 0.023 shows a significant change in this domain. Focusing on the RNs only interaction domain the size of the effect was calculated using Eta Squared. The result for this group was η2 = 0.051 which is considered a small effect but close to a moderate effect. Calculating a Cohen’s d, the result was a moderate effect at Cohen’s d = 0.061. Recommendations An Interprofessional Communication Model is foundational to collaboration of care for PWID. Increasing safety, increasing successful completion of intravenous medication and decreasing cost begins with identification of the problem and communication to professionals involved in the care of the whole patient.