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DNP Candidates To Present Research

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

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This event will be held virtually via ZOOM from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 
https://uwyo.zoom.us/j/91616978409?pwd=T3JCQ1ZlZm9kVmZxT1lJZEpkWWc5UT09
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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 approaches the DNP project 

The DNP program has been developing relationships with clinical agencies who are interested in partnering with the DNP program regarding DNP education and practice improvement. Thus, DNP projects occur in collaboration with providers and administrators from partnering clinical agencies and address specific agency needs.

Making Research & Scholarship Day even more special:
Distinguished Whitney Lecturer, Dr. Janet Rankin

This year's keynote speaker and Whitney Distinguished Lecturer is Dr. Janet Rankin, PhD, RN, University of Calgary. She will be presenting on her wrok in institutional ethnography. Read more about Dr. Rankin by clicking into her name in the listing below.

Please scroll down to read a brief overview of each student's research and also to view other presenters at the 2021 Research & Scholarship Day. To view full program and abstracts, click here for a PDF file of the 2021 Nursing Scholarship Day Program.

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Janet Rankin, PhD, RN from the University of Calgary

Dr. Janet Rankin will be keynote speaker at the School of Nursing Research and Scholarship Day on April 21 2021. She will present her work in institutional ethnography. Rankin has done extensive supervision of graduate students who have used Institutional Ethnography (IE) across a variety of disciplines (nursing, sociology, human geography, community health sciences, and international development). Dr. Rankin consults internationally, conducting IE workshops in Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Qatar. Click on Rankin's name above to read more about her work.


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Samantha Baker, DNP-PMHNP Candidate from Powell, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Jilaena Freitas and Roland Maldonado / PROJECT TITLE: Improving Warm-Handoffs in an Integrated Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Initiative / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Jilaena Freitas, DNP-PMHNP Candidate from Clark, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Samantha Baker and Roland Maldonado / PROJECT TITLE: Improving Warm-Handoffs in an Integrated Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Initiative / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Roland Maldonado, DNP-PMHNP Candidate from Laramie, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Samantha Baker and Jilaena Freitas / PROJECT TITLE: Improving Warm-Handoffs in an Integrated Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Initiative / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Lauren Hamilton, DNP-FNP Candidate from Monument, Colorado

SHARED PRESENTATION with Kristin Kapeles and Ryan Russi / PROJECT TITLE: Reducing Teenage Pregnancy: A Quality Improvement Project in a Rural Title X Clinic / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Kristin Kapeles, DNP-FNP Candidate from Casper, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Lauren Hamilton and Ryan Russi / PROJECT TITLE: Reducing Teenage Pregnancy: A Quality Improvement Project in a Rural Title X Clinic / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Ryan Russi, DNP-FNP Candidate from Murrieta, California

SHARED PRESENTATION with Lauren Hamilton and Kristin Kapeles / PROJECT TITLE: Reducing Teenage Pregnancy: A Quality Improvement Project in a Rural Title X Clinic / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Teri Ourada, DNP-FNP Candidate from Laramie, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Laura Richins and Kristin Wilkes / PROJECT TITLE: Decreasing "No Show" Rates in an Integrated Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Laura Richins, DNP-FNP Candidate from Torrington, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Teri Ourada and Kristin Wilkes / PROJECT TITLE: Decreasing "No Show" Rates in an Integrated Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Kristin Wilkes, DNP-FNP Candidate from Torrington, Wyoming

SHARED PRESENTATION with Teri Ourada and Laura Richins / PROJECT TITLE: Decreasing "No Show" Rates in an Integrated Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project / [For the full abstract, download program PDF file linked near top of this page.]


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Paula Kihn, DNP, RN

Paula Kihn will present her research on "AACN Outcomes: Meet Once, Not Twice - Now What?" Kihn teaches primarily in the BSN Completion program.


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Esther Gilman-Kehrer, DNP, MS, FNP, CNM

Esther Gilman-Kehrer will present "Examining the Effectiveness of Teaching Sensitive Examinations and Sexual Health History Taking with Trained Teaching Assistans in an Inter-professional Student Setting. Gilman-Kehrer teaches primarily in the DNP Program.


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Nancy McGee, DNP, APRN-BC and J'Laine Proctor, FNP, PMHNP, DNP

Nancy McGee and J'Laiine Proctor will present, "Behavioral Health Integration: A Holistic Approach to Healthcare." McGee and Proctor teach primarily in the DNP-PMHNP Program concentration.


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The Willow Ceremony

The Willow Ceremony encourages Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students as they continue to prepare for their chosen Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) career. Awards are also presented at this ceremony for DNP Program Community Partner of the Year , Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award, and Peter K. Simpson "Advanced Practice Nursing Fan" Award. Spotlights will be forthcoming on each of the winners of these awards following the April 21st event.


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