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2018 DNP Candidates Present Quality Improvement Projects

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

2018 DNP Candidates Present Research

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Above, DNP candidates present their quality improvement projects
to the audience at the Nursing Scholarship Day on April 25, 2018.

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Clinical Scholarship: a hallmark of DNP practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a three year full-time program that prepares students for careers as family nurse practitioners (FNPs) or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs). Clinical scholarship is a hallmark of DNP practice, and DNP students in nationally accredited programs (as is Wyoming's DNP program) are required to complete a DNP project prior to graduation. These projects provide an invaluable opportunity for students to integrate the science, theory, and practice skills they've learned throughout their education, as well as the opportunity to professionally disseminate their findings. 

How the UWYO DNP program approached the DNP project this year

Programs vary in their approaches to the DNP project. In the FWWSON, DNP students conduct these projects during their 3rd year of the program, over the course of the fall and spring semesters. The DNP program has been developing relationships with clinical agencies that are interested in partnering with the DNP program regarding DNP education and practice improvement. Thus, DNP projects this year occured in collaboration with providers and administrators from partnering clinical agencies and address specific agency needs.

Please scroll down to read a brief overview of each student's research. To view their full abstracts, click here for a PDF file of the 2018 Nursing Scholarship Day Program.

Brenna Cain, DNP-FNP Candidate

Brenna Cain, DNP-FNP Candidate from Casper, Wyoming

PROJECT TITLE: Improving Cervical Cancer Screening Rates in an American Indian Population. [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Kanti Devkota, DNP-FNP Candidate

Kanti Devkota, DNP-FNP Candidate from Kathmandu, Nepal

PROJECT TITLE: Medication Adherence Improvement Project in a Rural, Free Primary Care Clinic. [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Margaret Edmiston, DNP-PMHNP Candidate

Margaret Edmiston, DNP-PMHNP Candidate from Casper, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Victoria Hall / PROJECT TITLE: Impact of Patient Crisis Plan Communication Tool in an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. [Read full abstract by downloading program PDF file linked above.]


Annalise Forsythe, DNP-FNP Candidate

Annalise Forsythe, DNP-FNP Candidate from Boise, Idaho

SHARED PRESENTATION with Dana Thrash / PROJECT TITLE: Adolescent Depression Screening: A Quality Improvement Project. [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Victoria Hall, DNP-PMHNP Candidate

Victoria Hall, DNP-PMHNP Candidate from Cheyenne, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Margaret Edmiston / PROJECT TITLE: Impact of Patient Crisis Plan Communication Tool in an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. [Read full abstract by downloading program PDF file linked above.]


Nicolette Hanson, DNP-FNP Candidate

Nicolette Hanson, DNP-FNP Candidate from Casper, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Shellie Hipsak / PROJECT TITLE: Improving Depression Screening and Referral at a Rural Federally Qualified Health Center. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Shellie Hipsak, DNP-PMHNP Candidate

Shellie Hipsak, DNP-PMHNP Candidate from Casper, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Nicolette Hanson / PROJECT TITLE: Improving Depression Screening and Referral at a Rural Federally Qualified Health Center. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Tamara Mason, DNP-FNP Candidate

Tamara Mason, DNP-FNP Candidate from Cheyenne, Wyoming

PROJECT TITLE: Increasing Rates of Colonoscopy Completion at a Federally Qualified Health Center. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Rebecca Samberg, DNP-FNP Candidate

Rebecca Samberg, DNP-FNP Candidate from Casper, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Nichole Taylor / PROJECT TITLE: Reconfiguration of System Practices for a Depression Screening Protocol. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Nichole Taylor, DNP-PMHNP Candidate

Nichole Taylor, DNP-PMHNP Candidate from Gillette, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Rebecca Samberg. / PROJECT TITLE: Reconfiguration of System Practices for a Depression Screening Protocol. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Monica Teichert, DNP-FNP Candidate

Monica Teichert, DNP-FNP Candidate from Torrington, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Annmarie Wilson / PROJECT TITLE: Using Team Huddles to Improve Provider Satisfaction with Inbox Messaging. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Dana Thrash, DNP-FNP Candidate

Dana Thrash, DNP-FNP Candidate from Laramie, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Annalise Forsythe / PROJECT TITLE: Adolescent Depression Screening: A Quality Improvement Project. [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Laura VanBrockliin, DNP-FNP Candidate

Laura VanBrockliin, DNP-FNP Candidate from Denver, Colorado

PROJECT TITLE: Improving Attendance to Cardiac Rehabilitation through the use of a Brief Motivational Interviewing Script. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]


Annmarie Wilson, DNP-FNP Candidate

Annmarie Wilson, DNP-FNP Candidate from Lingle, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Monica Teichert / PROJECT TITLE: Using Team Huddles to Improve Provider Satisfaction with Inbox Messaging. [For full abstract, download program PDF file linked above.]



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