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The Translational Project is an in-depth and integrative experience that results in a practice-related written project that exemplifies how evidence can be used to change or improve practice or outcomes for patients, families, populations, and/or health care systems. This project is a translation of current research into a final product. The student is required to develop a brief prospectus with the Chair of the project. A prospectus is the first step in producing the project and is meant to demonstrate the topic and the beginning approach are adequate to proceed with the project proposal.

The second step is fully developing the project proposal for review by the student’s Translational Project Committee. Coursework within the DNP program supports the various Translational Project components. The student will complete the project based on AACN Essentials for Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (2006). At the completion of the DNP Program, the student will defend an evidence-based Translational Project that he/she has designed, implemented and evaluated during the program of study.

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The project Chair will be assigned to the student and will also serve as the student’s advisor. The faculty member must hold Graduate Faculty Status as approved by the Graduate School Dean. The student should meet with the Chair to constitute his/her project committee, which will consist of the Chair, a committee member who is a University Faculty and one community member. Additional members of the committee are considered nonvoting members.

The DNP Qualifying Examination will be the student’s successful defense of the DNP Translational Project Proposal. The faculty will determine if a student is prepared and competent to implement the proposed project. To be eligible to defend the project proposal, a student must have completed the first two semesters of the DNP program. The student’s DNP Translational Project Committee and the Graduate Academic Coordinator or DNP Coordinator will evaluate the student’s defense of the project proposal. The student must receive a majority approval or conditional approval at the time of the DNP Qualifying Examinations in order to progress in the program.


Cohort 1 Translational Projects

  • Implementation of Motivational Interviewing Methodologies with Primary Care Providers for Patient Education - Candace J Bishop, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema - Lee A. Brown DNP, APRN, ACNP, FNP
  • A Collaborative Approach To Improve Communication During Transition Of Care - Julie Humble Horton, DNP, MSN
  • A Focused Care Program to Translate Care on an Observation Unit – Jan Keys, DNP, RN, BC
  • Using Social Norms Media Strategies to Affect Perceived Norms of High Risk Sexual Behaviors in College Students – Yasmine Kangles Key, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Open Access Endoscopy System – Rebekah Corey, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Improving Nursing Satisfaction in the Emergency Department - Nancy Stevens, DNP
  • Improving Nursing Retention Through A Formal New Graduate Preceptor Program – Lynda K. Ridley, DNP, ACNS-BC
  • Development of an Education Program to Improve Nurse Practitioner Knowledge Regarding the Preceptor Role and Evaluation of Care for Patients with Diabetes in a Medically Underserved Primary Care Clinic – Amber Roache, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Integration of the Homeostasis Model Assessment Among Advanced Nurse Practitioners as a Tool for Identifying Insulin Resistance - Kim Taylor, DNP, FNP-BC

Cohort 2 Translational Projects

  • Chronic Stress in the Neonatal Intensive Care - Alisha Armstrong, DNP, PNP-BC
  • Implementing Skin-to-Skin Contact at Deliver - Lynn Blackburn, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC
  • Motivational Interviewing Education of Healthcare Providers: An Evaluation of Effect of Assessment and Referral of Pregnant Women with Substance Abuse - Sharon Davis, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC
  • Menopause: Clinical Assessment Considerations - Wanda Hunt, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Text Messaging Intervention: Implicit and Explicit Effects on Medication Adherence in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease - Teresa Lyle, DNP, APRN, CPNP
  • Implementation of a Comprehensive Foot Care Model in Urban Inner City Dialysis Centers: A Quality Improvement Program - Stephanie Sheridan, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Utilizing Best Practices for Providers Who Treat Chronic Pain Patients - Dawn Trundle, DNP, FNP-BC
  • A Clinician’s Guide to Elder Abuse Management - Susan Wall, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Teen Dating Violence: A Multidisciplinary Care Provider Approach - Chris Walls, DNP, FNP-BC

Cohort 3 Translational Projects

  • Emotional Intelligence Training for Leadership Development in Advanced Practice Nurse Managers - Melissa Bogle, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Implementation of Propofol Accountability in an Operating Suite - Donnie Carter, MSN, CRNA
  • Chlorhexidine Bathing in the ICU to Decrease Hospital Acquired Infections - Bernadette DePrez, MSN, MBA
  • Shared Governance - Morella Herington, RN, MSN
  • Improving the Work Environment with Magnet Education - Miriam Knight, RN, MSN
  • Implementation of an Evidence-Based Parturient-Controlled Epidural Analgesia (PCEA) Program in a Labor & Delivery Unit - Scott Monterde, MSN, CRNA
  • A Multifaceted Infection Control Program for Medical and Dental Trainees - Marian Morgan, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Professional Quality of Life in New Graduate Pediatric Oncology Nurses Enrolled in a Nurse Residency Program - Stephanie Nikbakht, MSN, PPCNP-BC
  • Bowel Elimination: A TEAM Approach (Evidence-Based Management of Constipation) - Robin Zachary, Ed.S., MSN, RN