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Exploring Early and Future Use of DNP Prepared Nurses Within Healthcare Organizations

Nichols, Catherine DNP, APRN, BC; O’Connor, Nancy PhD, RN, ANP-BC; Dunn, Deborah EdD, MSN, GNP-BC

Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2014 - Volume 44 - Issue 2 - p 74–78
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000029

A strategy to gather data on DNP utilization and impact was designed using Donabedian’s conceptual model and was piloted by surveying chief nursing officers (CNOs) leading Michigan’s public and teaching hospital systems. Few of the responding CNOs reported currently employing DNP-prepared nurses. The majority reported gaps in knowledge related to role expectations and projected outcomes from a DNP-prepared nurse. Nurse leaders should become familiar with the role competencies of the DNP in order to maximize the potential contribution of this new level of care provider to improving care quality and access.

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Author Affiliations: Nurse Practitioner (Dr Nichols), Women’s Wellness Clinic, Walt Breast Center, Detroit, Michigan; Chairperson, Graduate Nursing Program (Dr O’Connor), Director, Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program (Dr Dunn), School of Nursing, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Nichols, Women’s Wellness Clinic, Walt Breast Center, 4100 John R St, Detroit, MI 48201 (

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